DIY Fall Leaf Photo Backdrop

DIY leaf photo backdrop

Photo booths are a fun set up at any wedding that guests love. Everyone wants the chance to create their own pictures in memory of your big day. So how do you go about setting up a photo opportunity at your fall wedding? Here’s a hint, what’s fall’s biggest accessory? Leaves! I’ve got a photo backdrop idea that’s rustic, beautifully fall, and everything you want. Just imagine how great you and your partner will look in front of this too; this project is a win-win. I promise this background will provide the perfect setting to every shot and it’s so easy. You just get yourself some leaves, gather your other materials, and get started.

Materials:

  • Tape measure
  • A large, straight branch
  • Thread or twine
  • Scissors
  • Fall leaves with their stems (real or fake)

DIY supplies

Step 1

Decide what the total height and width for your backdrop will be (at least seven feet high for good coverage) and write these dimensions down.

Step 2

Find a branch a little longer than your total backdrop width, and hang it horizontally at an easy-to-reach height. This will make it easier to prevent all your leaves, strings, and details from getting tangled while you’re working.

If you will have difficulty hanging a branch somewhere at your venue, you might want to consider a PVC frame instead. Paint it to match your leaves or your venue surroundings to it compliments instead of standing out.

Step 3

Lay out your leaves on a clean, open space in long rows, top to bottom, as a dry run for placement. Some arrangements may look better than others or fill out the space better, so you’ll want to be able to freely move things around before you start tying everything up.

gold leaves

At this point, you can also change up the look of your leaves if you want. There are degrees of grandeur in this project and you determine just how far you’ll go. Spray them gold for an elegant fall theme, or use some spray glitter for extra sparkle. If you want your backdrop to be a bit more dramatic, you could use only a certain color or do an ombre look. Note that if you want the strings to match your chosen look, then you’ll want to wait to make any changes to the leaves until the backdrop is fully assembled.

Step 4

Measure, cut, and tie several lengths of twine to your branch, spacing them about at least an inch apart for the time being. You’ll want to give yourself adequate space while you’re working, but you can move everything closer together or further apart later depending on how full you want your background to look.

Tying string to a branch

Step 5

Take each row that you laid out before and start tying your leaves to the strings one-by-one, beginning at the top and working your way down. String some leaves across horizontally and tie them that way also to utilize the empty space in between strings as well

Autumn leaves

Step 6

Keep tying your leaves until you’ve filled all the strings. Adjust the string positions as needed, and add more on the ends if necessary.

DIY leaf backdrop

Step 7

Hang your backdrop at full height to make sure it looks the way you want. If everything looks good, all you have to do is hang it at your wedding and invite guests to take photos in front of it! Try to find the perfect spot to put this, anywhere the colors in the leaves will pop like I show with a uniform background. It looks best against a wall, but if you don’t have that luxury, anywhere will do. If you don’t have a solid background to hang it against, I would recommend making yours a little more filled in. Tie on more leaves and make the whole thing look more solid. That way your varied background won’t distract in pictures and all you’ll see is your beautiful DIY handiwork. This may be a bit time consuming, especially if you’re filling in a bit more, but the end result is worth it. If you’re worried about getting it finished ask friends or willing bridesmaids to help.

You could also change up the size. The fall leaves really make photos look fantastic no matter what. You can also change up how you display the backdrop. You could make multiple different sized backgrounds and hang them tilted for a more artsy display. It’s all up to you. No matter how you craft this thing, your guests will certainly be impressed and appreciate the lengths you’ve gone to present them the perfect fall photo opportunity.

You’re done! See how easy that was? This one might be a craft you do pretty close to your big day. You don’t want the strings getting tangled or the leaves getting droopy as time ticks on.

DIY leaf backdrop

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