How To Make A DIY Photo Booth Backdrop

Whenever there is a big Hollywood event you always see a special backdrop behind the actors and other celebrities. These backdrops instantly give the photo it an air of professionalism and importance. You don’t need to go to the Oscars to have a fancy backdrop. In fact, you can create your own backdrop for any event. You can even combine it with a photo book, which is a popular addition at weddings and other social gatherings. So, if you’re interested in setting up your own photo backdrop, here is everything you need to know regarding DIY photo booth backdrop setup and creation.

What Is A DIY Photo Booth Backdrop?

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So what exactly is a photo booth backdrop? First, you have the photo booth. For ages the classic “photo booth” was something you physically sat in. You and a friend would go into a booth, insert a dollar, and then the device would snap a few pictures and then spit out a few instant-develop Polaroid photographs. 

Over the years, this idea of a photo booth has changed to basically a timed digital camera that is stationary and positioned in front of a set background. It uses the same basic concept of the classic photo booth, but instead of being confined to a small space, there is a larger area in front of the camera that allows more people to take a picture together.

As for the backdrop, the backdrop is whatever you put in front of the camera that will be behind the subjects. Basically, it is the “back wall” of the photo booth. Sometimes a plain white backdrop is all you need. Other times, you might want to bring a little more intricacy into the back wall. Perhaps you want something that brings in fresh colors, is seasonal, or looks like a wall of ivy, a beach, or something else. The beauty of the backdrop is you can make it anything.

A DIY photo booth backdrop is something you make yourself and use whenever you might have a photo booth. You can create your own photo booth, or you can hire on a professional photographer who sets up the photo booth and you just provide the backdrop. All combined, a DIY photo booth gives you greater control over what is in the background of the image.

Is There A Need To 

Make Your Own Photo Booth Backdrop?

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When it comes to whether there is a need to make your own photo booth backdrop it really just depends on what you want. Is there really a “need?” Probably not. However, if you want to maintain a unified look behind the photos from the photo booth, and if you want to bring a unique look to the photos or make sure everyone knows where the photos came from, you can have logos and other information on display within the backdrop. 

In any of these instances, you may decide there is a need for a DIY photo booth backdrop. This is especially the case if you run a business and you want to educate others on what your company is and how someone who sees the images can follow your business on social media.

Beyond everything else, with a DIY photo booth backdrop, you’ll simply have more fun with the pictures. After all, while you or guests at an event may never make it to the Academy Awards, you can still have a photo backdrop that is on the same level. Everyone deserves to feel like an award winner at least once in their life.

# DIY Photo Booth Backdrop

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When it comes to the DIY photo booth backdrop, the biggest issue you’ll run into is the frame itself. Now, you can purchase a backdrop frame if you’d like from a photography studio supplier. These are easy to snap together and are typically durable (not to mention faster to set up), but you’ll likely spend well over $100, if not a few hundred dollars, for the backdrop frame. 

That may be an okay investment if you’re going to use it time and time again. However, if you’re on a tight budget, it’s better to build it yourself. Plus, these are DIY instructions, which means you likely want to avoid buying a ready-made option. Before getting into the backdrop itself, here is how to make a backdrop frame:

Making The Frame

In order to make the frame you’ll need to pick up material from your local hardware store. While you can adjust the size to better fit your needs, 1-1/4 inch diameter PVC tubing will probably be the easiest (and sturdiest) thing to work with. Here’s what you need:

  • 2 5-1/2 foot PVC pieces
  • 2 5-foot PVC pieces
  • 4 20-inch PVC pieces
  • 2 6-inch PVC pieces
  • 2 PVC elbows
  • 4 PVC tees (all three sides need to be 1-1/4 inch)
  • Saw for PVC


To begin, take a PVC tee and insert a 6-inch piece into the top of the tee. As a side note, you can purchase a PVC cement. This is applied to both sides of the PVC that connect together. It is painted on in a similar fashion to rubber cement. It will secure the PVC, but you won’t be able to take it apart, so, it’s up to you whether you use the PVC cement or not.

On the two open sides of the PVC tee, insert a 20 inch PVC piece. This is the leg of one side of your backdrop stand. Repeat this process again to make the opposite leg.


Position the leg on the ground so the six-inch piece is pointing up (as it will be once the stand is complete). Place another one of the PVC tees into the top of the 6-inch piece. Have this positioned so the middle opening on the tee is pointing toward the other leg. Do the same with the other leg. Now, insert one of the 5-1/2 foot PVC pieces into the middle section of the newly attached tee, then insert the opposite end of the 5-1/2 foot PVC piece into the other leg. This connects the two legs together.

With the base of the stand set, the rest of the stand will fit together easily. Slide a 5-foot PVC piece into the opening on the tee that is pointing upward. Do the same with the opposite piece. Now take the final 5-1/2 foot PVC piece and place an elbow on the edge of each opening. Insert the other side of the elbows into the 5-foot PVC pieces that are pointing up. This will secure the entire frame together. You will now have a 5.5 by 5.5 foot backdrop.

If you need a larger backdrop you can increase the height and the width (so instead of using 5 and 5.5 foot PVC sections you can use 6 and 6.5 foot sections).

Adding The Backdrop

Now you can add the backdrop of your choice to the frame. Here it ultimately depends on the look you’re going for. You can pick up fabric from a local arts and craft store and apply it to the backdrop if you’d like.

You can use one color backdrops or you can pick up something that sparkles. If you want something with a logo printed on the backdrop, you’ll want to go to your local print shop and have them print something on vinyl. Vinyl is a durable material that also isn’t expensive. This way, if you want your backdrop to feature a company logo, a hashtag, or sponsor information, you can have all of this printed on the backdrop.

Personalize Your Background

A great way to personalize the background is to pick up white fabric and have your children draw on it. Or, you can hot-glue different items like paper flowers to the backdrop. There is no limit to the kind of items you can place on the personalized background.


If you are going to have a photo booth at an event, you will need some kind of backdrop. Sure, you can use any white background as an easy backdrop, as it pushes the color of clothing and other objects to the forefront, making them the center of attention for all pictures.

However, if you are going to put on an event where a photo booth is utilized, why not have some fun with it? By taking advantage of these DIY photo booth backdrop instructions, you can create a photo booth that is fun and gives the feeling of a high-end event; all without spending much money at all.

Just a few supplies and items will go a long way. Whether you’re putting on a professional event for your business, are setting up for a school dance, or you’re gearing up for a birthday party, these DIY photo booth backdrop instructions are perfect for all photo booth occasions.

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