DIY Photo Booth Backdrop with String Lights
Though I had an idea for the DIY photo booth backdrop a long time ago, it took awhile for Sparky and me to get around to constructing it. To recap, we decided we wanted a backdrop of a sheer white curtain with bright string lights. We settled on the string lights because of their warm vibe. Plus, we thought they tied in nicely with our loosely light themed wedding.
The first thing we did was to find a construction that we agreed on. Most of the backdrops used the PVC frame with feet, but Sparky was worried about the stability and durability of that frame. I kept searching and eventually found this tutorial from Project Wedding. When I sent it to Sparky he deemed it the best plan he’d seen, and we set to work re-creating it.
- Two PVC pipes in your desired height (I think ours are 10 feet.)
- Two 90 degree side outlet elbow
- Two rubber cane feet
- Curtain rod (We got an adjustable one from IKEA.)
- Sheer curtains, or curtains of your choice (We also got these at IKEA for like $2.50/curtain panel.)
- String lights (if using)
- Safety pins
- Electrical tape
Step 1: To construct your DIY photo booth backdrop, start by measuring how thick your elbow is compared to your curtain rod, and add electrical tape around the rod until you have a tight fit. You aren’t going to attach the rod to the elbow yet, though.
Step 2: Add the rubber cane fit to the end of your PVC rod and fit the other side of the rod into the elbow.
Step 3: Now you’re going to thread the curtains onto the rod. This step is pretty self-explanatory, but I took a picture anyway.
Step 4: Now you’ll fit the curtain rod into the elbows. Once this is done, you can lean your backdrop against your surface (and adjust the legs to get the height you want).
Step 5: Now the complicated part. This was definitely much easier with two people. You’re going to take your string lights and pin them at your desired spacing. The IKEA curtains had spacing already sewn in, so we used the markers as our guide.
Why yes, this was rather precarious!
Step 6: At this point you’re done! You’ll probably end up adjusting your pins to make sure everything looks the way you want.
Once we got around to putting the string light backdrop together, it really didn’t take us that long. Maybe about an hour start to finish to construct, add lights, and then roll up for storage. (We covered it with garbage bags, too, since black dog fur + white curtains are not exactly friends.) We love how it turned out and can’t wait to use it at the wedding and see what kind of photo booth photos we get!
Are you thinking about making your own DIY photo booth backdrop? Any wedding projects that you put off?