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Thursday, March 10, 2011

How To Make A Photo Booth Backdrop



Yesterday I shared some amazing printables from fellow bloggers for you to make some props for a photo booth at your next party.  It dawned on me as I was cutting all the mustaches and glasses out, that I probably should share how I made my actual photo booth with you too.  This way you can make everything you need for a great party activity!


To start, you need to decide if you want a 3 sided photo booth, or just a wall backdrop.  I chose to do just a backdrop since this would allow me to fit a bunch of people into my photo booth at one time.  It also allows me to use my backdrop for other parties in the future since this is the same idea that I use for my table scape backdrops.

Once you have decided that, decide on how wide you want your backdrop.
For my dessert tables capes, I have made it slightly larger than an 8 foot table.  I didn't want my photo booth that big, so I went with 5 feet wide. 
The reason I picked this width was because it allowed me to get 2 sides out of one long PVC pipe.  Plus, it's the perfect size to allow you to use a cheap Walmart twin size bed sheet for a back drop.  (Yes, I use those for EVERYTHING!  You just can't beat the price.)

To start you need three 1/2 inch PVC pipes.  Mine came in 10 foot lengths.  (Not sure if there are other sizes, but this was perfect.)  You also need 4 T-shaped joints and 2 elbow joints.

Cut your PVC pipe into:
Two 5-foot sections
Two 4-foot sections
Two 3-foot sections
Four 1-foot sections

You'll be left with two 1 foot sections, so you can either make your 1 foot sections into 1 1/2 foot sections, or if you're lucky you can find a 5 point PVC pipe joint (my store didn't have any.)

Once you have your pieces cut, it's easiest to assemble the piece on the ground and then lift it up.  Just be sure that your joints are secure so it doesn't fall apart as you lift.


This is an "exploded" look of how you will make your backdrop.

Hopefully it's pretty simple to understand. 
Just insert the poles into the joints.  Be sure to push them in securely so it won't all fall apart!

Once you have it up, your Walmart bed sheet will fit perfectly across the sides and bottom.  I like to just pin my sheets on so I can change them for different occasions and use my sheets for different purposes.  But if you want, you can sew a sleeve on the top so your sheet will hang nicely.

Just be sure to iron the sheet before you take pictures!