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Saturday, February 21, 2009

DIY Photo Booth: Choosing a Fabric Backdrop

I've been considering my various DIY photo booth options. I think I'm going to go with the open, fabric backdrop with props option. Although half the fun of photo boothing is squeezing into the tiny booth, I also think it's fun to get creative with bigger, more gross-motor poses. Plus, it seems like the cheaper option (maybe even free?). My goal is to use stuff we have around the house.

First item of business: finding the fabric backdrop. I dug through one of our linen drawers and pulled out some of the vintage sheets we used as tablecloths for our wedding. Because I never got around to hemming them to fit the tables (we just folded them to the right size), they are still the perfect size for a big backdrop.

Without further ado, here are my options (keep in mind they look darker in these photographs, and I will iron the ultimate winner):






So what do you think? Please leave your vote in the comments section!

Also, I'm trying to figure out how to secure it to wall. I thought about trying to mount a bar on the wall and then use grommets to make a sliding curtain like we did in our bathroom (ooh, we could have multiple options that people could slide around!). But attaching a bar to the wall seems like it will require lots of putty and paint to restore the wall to its original condition.

Then I thought about asking my neighbor, Michael, to help me build a frame for it to hang from.

And then I remembered that the most complicated problems usually have the simplest solutions: I'll just tack it to the wall with clear push pins. We already have some at home (gotta love all the stuff we have left over from teaching), and the impact on the wall will be minimal. Yes, it will leave tiny holes, but they won't be particularly noticeable at that height.


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31 comments:

Color Me Green said...

funny coincidence, i think i also own option 2, courtesy of my great aunt - but i vote for the option 5, it reminds me the most of Lena Corwin's backdrops.

Marissa said...

Love # 3 & 4.

christine said...

#5 is gorgeous!

Sol said...

Options 3 and 4. They have a more fun and whimsical feel to them. Plus, who doesn't love polka-dots?

: the art of living : said...

I like option #5!

Anonymous said...

#3 is my favorite. :)

Kelly said...

I love #3. Also, another consideration so you don't have to put ANY holes in your walls: Command hooks with grommets or clothes pins (so no holes in the sheet either).

kat said...

My vote goes to #5!

CheapAndEasy said...

I like any of those options but I think 1 or 3 would get my vote.

AmyJean said...

i love option #4
RelentlessBride

kla_texasgirl said...

I like option #4 and #5 the best!

One Barefoot Bride said...

Love the butterflies! #3

mmmmmonica said...

Definitely #5

Danger said...

I would definitely pick number 4 - the bigger pattern would pick up better as a backdrop.

Sheila Dingwell said...

#3

Allison said...

#5!

Ruthie said...

I like five best. BTW. I don't know if I told you but I am constantly getting compliments on the pin that you made! I put it on my black pea coat, and people love it!

rachel w said...

i second what kelly said- you can get some 3M command hooks for $2-4 and not leave any holes in the wall (all the things you learn from living in the dorms... :) ). plus, depending on what kind you get, you can still do the grommet thing so folks have options :)

and i liked #4 for a backdrop- fun and fresh :)

renee c said...

number 4. its bold and simple and fun. i think your going to make the best memories at your party! i love reading about your party planning! (but dont for get your excercise resolution!)

Shaz said...

I like #2 'cause it's kind of neutral, but love the ginko looking plants in #3--just not the butterflies.

Jen said...

#3 all the way!

Astellus said...

I enjoy 3 and 5. So pretty!

Rose said...

I really like number 3, but number 1 is awesome too!

Maranda said...

I love 1 & 5!! I also really like the curtain in the bathroom

Laura Slater said...

Another option would be to use a spring loaded shower curtain rod... No impact, reusable, and able to do the sliding thing that you want :)

Good luck!

CaitStClair said...

I like #3 and my parents definitely used to have #5 on their bed so I love that one too.

Kate Farley said...

I also own #5 - I got it a thrift store and used it for making the back of a quilt. So I have a soft spot for it. But I personally like #3 as a backdrop.

Anonymous said...

i like the last two - options 4 & 5 !!!

-- ellieruth

Anonymous said...

Love 4, but think 5 is better for a back drop. AND...just another idea...you can get an adjustable shower pole that adjusts to wedge between two sides of a wall (in a hallway or a doorway perhaps?) which means sliding-multi-fabric-hanging pole, but without the wall holes! AND it's reusable for your next party or for use in your bathroom!

Noelle said...

1 or 5 - they're both relatively neutral patterns that won't stick out TOO much as a backdrop.

Feminosa said...

I like #5 the most!

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