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DIY Polka Dot Photobooth Backdrop

Who’s ready for another photo backdrop?! This one’s kind of inspired by those old school solar system dioramas that everybody used to make in elementary school. Remember those? And here I am, 20 years later, making a life-sized one. So if you want to get in on the floating polka dot action, here’s what you’ll need:

  • blank wall
  • a ceiling that you can reach!
  • 3″ styrofoam balls (I used about 20)
  • gold spray paint
  • sewing pins
  • clear thread
  • thumbtacks (preferably the same color as your ceiling

Start by spray painting all of your styrofoam balls.

DIY Polka Dot Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Polka Dot Photobooth Backdrop

Measure out lengths of thread according to the height you’d like your photos framed. As always, my photobooth is about 5 feet wide by 4 feet tall, and starts about 2.5 feet off of the ground. I cut three different lengths of thread (short, medium, and long) so that the frame would be evenly distributed with polka dots.

Insert a sewing pin into a ball and tie the end of thread in a knot around it. Push the pin in so that it’s secure.

DIY Polka Dot Photobooth Backdrop

Wrap the other end of thread around the point of the push pin once or twice and insert the push pin firmly into the ceiling. You should be able to tug on the loose end of the thread to adjust the height of the ball.

DIY Polka Dot Photobooth Backdrop

Add balls, being sure to use the viewfinder in your camera to see what space needs to be filled. Continue adding until you’re happy with the look.

DIY Polka Dot Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Polka Dot Photobooth Backdrop

That’s it! You can also play with depth as you add your polka dots if you like, so that people could stand behind them, or even in the middle of a big field of polka dots! I love this backdrop for a birthday party or a bachelorette party. It could be so fun with multi-colored polka dots, too. How would you mix it up? xoxo

DIY Polka Dot Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Polka Dot Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Polka Dot Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Polka Dot Photobooth Backdrop

  1. I just love all your photo booth ideas! They are always so much fun!! I love the simplicity of this one! =)

  2. Lucy on said:

    I LOVE this idea, so simple and adorable. This is such a cute series, so many different ideas to try out at future parties!

  3. Elaine Costa on said:

    Fun, unique, easy, and affordable!

  4. brittni on said:

    I love these photos of you (especially the last two) and I love the backdrop. Super cool idea Chelsea. You are the photo booth backdrop queen.

    • chelsea on said:

      Haha, thanks girl! These backdrop photo shoots are always full of shenanigans. 😉

  5. Candy for the eyes! I couldn’t help myself but thinking how rad it would look against a bright color wall (pink, teal, emerald, black).
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Shao on said:

    Haha!! as i scrolled down started laughing louder. so cute!!

  7. Kate on said:

    so cute! What a great idea 🙂

  8. I love your tutorials!! You are so clever!!


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