diy tinsel photobooth backdrop

We’re having our (2nd) annual Christmas party this year, so Mr. Lovely and I wanted to spice it up a bit with a photobooth!  I wanted to have a super-sparkly, borderline-tacky backdrop, so here’s what we came up with.  Wait ’til you see how easy it is.  Just grab this stuff:

  • an armful of tinsel garland (dollar stores are awesome for this!)
  • dowel or pole of some sort
  • twine
  • thin wire

Get your pole, curtain rod, or (like me) detach the handle from your broom.  No joke.  This is my broom handle.  Cut tinsel garland into 7-foot lengths.  Fold each length in half, and at the folded point, attach it to your broom handle by wrapping it with a small amount of wire.  Repeat this until your broom handle is full.

The next and last step is to tie a length of twine or rope to each end of the handle and hang it up on your wall.  It should be pretty lightweight — a single nail is holding this one just fine.

BOOM.  Backdrop.  Just make sure that when you and your buddies are taking photos of each other, you keep the photos within the edges of the tinsel so that it looks like it goes on forever (like the photos below!).  If you want to be able to take full length shots, just double up the length of your tinsel.  Have a ball!  xoxo

  1. Elaine on said:

    What a fun idea!

  2. Erik on said:

    You guys are too cute!! Love this idea!

  3. Nick on said:

    Yup, newlywed magic is still in play.

  4. Lissie on said:

    Ahhhhhhhh . .. a newlywed game . . . you are the winners too ! This is a great idea !!

  5. Olive on said:

    You are so creative. You come with the neatest ideas. Have a great holiday . Are you coming home for any of the holidays. God Bless take care of each other. Love ya cuz.

  6. What a GORGEOUS idea! Beautiful pics as well. I just found your blog so I’m off to explore the rest. :)

  7. JC on said:

    Loves it!

    • Thanks Susan! It’s a lots-of-bang-for-your-buck-and-efforts project. :)

  8. louise on said:

    LOVE IT!I love the sparkle it gives to the pictures. fun! We’re thinking of having a holiday party again after a few years of not.. Might have to do this!

  9. Katie on said:

    What kind of camera did you use to take the shots and what kind of settings/lighting? The photos look great!

    • Hi Katie,
      We shot inside at night with the lights on. I had my Canon 60D on a tripod with an attached flash. Camera settings were Auto ISO, F5.0, and shutter speed 1/50. Hope this helps!

  10. Rosario on said:

    This is so rad. I will be doing this for my brothers baby shower that I am hosting. Can’t wait!!

  11. Heidi on said:

    Wow – I love it. Can´t wait to do it myself and snap wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing :)

  12. Celena on said:

    soooo cute!

  13. Love, Love, Love it. Gonna see how it looks with marabou feathers instead of tinsel…thanks for the how-to

    • chelsea on said:

      That’s an awesome idea!

  14. Katie on said:

    Can’t tell you how excited I am to try this for a Bach party I’m planning!

  15. AnnaKate on said:

    Aproximately how many feet of garland would you say this project takes? I have to buy the garland, an don’t want to buy too much or too little. Thanks!

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi AnnaKate! If I remember correctly, I think I used about 15 pieces of garland, each 7 feet in length. Those got folded in half, so the height of the backdrop was about 3.5 feet. Hope that helps!