To create a quick photo booth backdrop you could use a shower curtain, wood doors or panels, a tablecloth, a large fabric piece, or just use a plain old-fashioned wall! Pick up those 3M picture clips (pictured below) that won’t damage your wall from any discount or home improvement store. If there is a folded sewn edge, there is usually enough of a lip that the fabric can just slide in and be held securely in place. A little more expensive, but a an easy option is the photo backdrop stand kits that can be purchased for under $50 on Amazon. Or I have seen some great DIY’s with how to build a backdrop stand out of PVC pipes on Pinterest, check out HERE.
I used a drop cloth from Home Depot found in the painters section of the store. It has a natural look to it and seemed to work well for the fall season. I then gessoed some muslin fabric so I could then paint it with a couple coats of black chalkboard paint. Then I ripped the fabric into a large strip 60″ L X 6.5″ H to hand-letter in the center “Thanksgiving” with a chalk marker. I cut a little “snake tongue” on each end and then scrunched up the fabric and tied ribbons to trim out each end of the banner. I did another small strip with the date, “2016” on it. To trim out the the top of the photo booth backdrop, I sewed real oak loves together just by attaching the leaves with a straight stitch on the sewing machine, spacing them out and used varying leaf sizes until I had a couple yards in length. (To save this strand from getting tangled, just roll it up on a piece of cardboard, and it’s easy to use again and again.) For additional texture and dimension, you could drape pom pom trim and other ribbons and flags at the top of the backdrop.
Don’t forget the photo booth props. Party stores always have a wide variety of novelty hats, headbands and glasses to go with the current season and holidays. But you can also save yourself some money, or even accent what you’ve got available with these illustrated and hand-lettered props available by download in my Etsy shop HERE. Assemble with a pair of scissors to cut out the cardstock props, bamboo skewers from the grocery store or 12″ wooden dowels from the craft store, and packing tape.
Now just grab a prop, strike a pose, close in tight with those you love and say, “Turkey!”