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★ DIY Backdrops & Photo Booths | Fun Background Ideas for Photographs ★
Create Awesome Photos of Party Guests or Products
With photography as such a large part of everyday life for many people, there are times when you want to improve your photos and make them look more professional. One way to do this is to use a seamless backdrop that can either be blank or can add a more interesting look to the photographs without taking focus away from the subject.
Backdrops massively improve blog photos and product photos, and are also fantastic for capturing portraits of friends and family. Photo booths are often used at parties and weddings to remember the occasion forever and take fun photos of all of your friends and family, and this page should provide what you need to construct your own at home or at a big event.
Below you will find tutorials for a wide range of DIY backdrops, so I hope you find the right one for you :)
Homemade Photobooth Wall
Backdrops & Props Available to Buy
If you don't have the time to make your own props and backgrounds, there are some great options you can purchase to give a professional look. There are also support frames for backdrops available, which would be very useful whether you DIY your backdrop or not:
DIY Backdrop Tutorials
- Painted Geometric Pattern
Use painter's tape to stencil a triangle design.
- Colorful Streamers
Plus ideas for wrapping paper and post-it notes.
- Pixelated Paper Flower
Beautiful ruffled effect.
- Ombre Water Jars
An unusual idea that could be made to match any color décor.
- Scattered Flowers
3D flowers made from tissue paper.
- White & Gold Doilies
Very easy to do and looks rather elegant.
- Wax Paper Cone Garlands
Tutorial with step-by-step photos.
- Tissue Pom-Poms
You can use different sizes and colors for variation.
- Overlapping Cupcake Liners
A fun and cheerful idea.
- Mod Party Circles
These colorful circle garlands are vibrant and lots of fun.
Sewn Paper Leaves
Ideas for What to Use in Photo Backgrounds
- Modern Faceted Gems
How to make series of angled paper shapes.
- Ombre Paper Ruffles
A fabulous looking all-over backdrop.
- Paper Star Medallions
These look intricate but are very simple to make.
- Butcher Paper Flowers
Spiral shaped roses with added leaves.
- Herringbone Garlands
Fast to create and would be brilliant for parties.
- Autumn Leaves
Beautiful orange, red and yellow shades displayed with style.
- Paper Cone Installation
Needs patience but would make a spectacular wedding decoration.
- Sculpted Lace Doilies
Dainty and inventive idea for wall ornaments.
- Pretty Ribbon Backdrop
This could look very romantic for a wedding.
Paper Streamers Photobooth
Photography & Product Backdrops - Plus Backdrop Ideas You Can Use For Family Photos
- PVC Pipe Photography Stand
Making a stand like this mean you can change the actual backdrop at will.
- Distressed Wooden Backdrop
Perfect for a rustic look.
- Photo Studio for under $20
Ideal for photography large objects.
- Quick Garage Photo Studio
Tips on how to get the best lighting and on using a plain background.
- Book Page Backdrop
Decoupage pages onto a piece of wood for a literature theme.
- Imitation Wall
How to create a mini set for homely photos.
- A Choice of Wooden Backgrounds
I particularly like the added white trim at the bottom to make it look more professional.
- Wrapping Paper Roll
Clever way to easily use wrapping paper as the background.
- The Baby Photography Project
A cute idea if have a baby or young child, and you can see the home studio setup too.
Plywood Backdrop Corner
Covered in decorative scrapbook paper, this particular backdrop is ideal for product photos if you sell items online. Larger scale backdrops created in the same style as this one can be used for larger product photos, or for people who publish tutorials and other professional-looking photos on the web.
If you don't have your own dedicated photo studio, this is the next best alternative.
Photo and backdrop by Wandy - click here for construction details.
Homemade Photo Booths & Props
Homemade or bought props are often provided in photo booths to allow people to add their own creative pose and make it more amusing!
- Free Printable Props
Lots of designs to download including hats, glasses & Christmas themed accessories.
- Ticket Photobooth
Multi-colored ticket rolls hung up for a movie theme.
- Woodland Creature Booth
With free templates for making simple animal masks.
- Post-It Pixels
Create a more funky, or perhaps a disco vibe.
- Floral Arch
Beautiful arrangement for a wedding or other romantic occasion.
- Scattered 3D Flowers
These tissue paper flowers are inexpensive and look fabulous.
- Floating Confetti
Immerse yourself in confetti garlands for a cool effect.
- Giant Snowflakes
Oversized paper props that are ideal for the cold Winter months.
- Chalkboard Speech Bubble Props
These cute props will let you say what you want to say in a photo.
- Dry-Erase Speech Bubble Props
Endlessly re-usable so you can change your message again and again.
Colorful Wedding Backdrop
More Creative Backdrops to Make
- Cardboard Popsicles
Cute idea for summer, beach and seaside themes.
- DIY Confetti Backdrop
I like how it looks like photographic bokeh.
- Darling Doilies
An overlapped white doily background with a scattering of gold.
- Sewn Triangle Garlands
Hanging up multiple garlands is a classic backdrop style.
- Colorful Hanging Triangles
Fantastic hanging display formed with origami paper.
- Geometric Streamer Design
Arrange crepe paper streamers in any combination of colors you like.
- Vinyl Record Wall
A cool idea for music fans and record collectors.
- Ombre Frilly Fringe
Made from plastic tablecloths so would be great outdoors too.
If you are setting up the photobooth at a wedding or party then having adequate support for your backdrop is very important because people will be walking past it (and into it!) all night long and you don't want it falling down! Clamps and a portable frame are excellent for keeping everything in place: