DIY Photo Booth Backdrop with String Lights

DIY photo backdrop with lights

Though I had an idea for the DIY photo booth backdrop a long time ago, it took awhile for me and my fiance to get around to constructing it. We decided we wanted a backdrop with a sheer white curtain and 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 find a construction that we agreed on. Most backdrops use a PVC frame with feet, but my fiance was worried about the stability and durability. So, I kept searching and eventually found this tutorial from Project Wedding. When I sent it to him, 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
  • Safety pins
  • Electrical tape

Step 1

To start constructing this DIY backdrop, measure how thick your elbow is compared to your curtain rod, and add electrical tape around the end of the rod until you have a tight fit. For most people, it will be easier to put a little bit of tape on at a time, testing the fit every so often until it’s snug, but measurements can give you a good base to start with. Don’t attach the rod to the elbow yet, however.

PVC elbow pipe

Step 2

Add your rubber cane feet to one end of each of your PVC rods, and then fit the other side into the elbow. This should also be a snug fit as long as you bought the right elbow for your diameter of pipe. Make sure you ask a store associate when you’re shopping for supplies if you’re not sure what to use.

PVC pipe knobs

Step 3

Now you’re going to thread the curtains onto the rod. Since they’re sheer fabric, take care that you don’t catch them on anything and tear them.

man threading curtain over PVC pipe

Step 4

It’s time to fit the curtain rod into the elbows to create the frame. It might be easier to lay your PVC rods on the ground and attach it all together before you raise it to a standing position. Lean your backdrop against a surface like a wall with the back of the curtain facing outward and adjust the legs to get the height you want.

PVC pipe photo booth with curtain

Step 5

Time for the complicated part; this was definitely much easier with two people. Take your string lights, straighten them out, and pin them to the back of the curtain with your safety pins, spacing . The IKEA curtains had spacing already sewn in, so we used these markers as our guide.

woman pinning lights to curtain

diy string light photo booth

Step 6

At this point, you’re done! You may end up adjusting your pins a little to make sure everything looks the way you want.

groom in front of string light backdrop

This project is simple and doesn’t take very long at all, maybe about an hour from start to finish. After you’re finished, you will want to roll up the fabric and lights for storage until the wedding. Consider covering it as well, to keep and dirt or dust from settling on it. We covered ours with garbage bags since black dog fur and white curtains are not exactly friends.

We love how this turned out and can’t wait to use it at the wedding and see what kind of photo booth pictures we get! Are you thinking about making your own DIY photo booth backdrop? Any wedding projects that you put off? Let us know in the comments!

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