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10 Easy and Affordable Photo Booth Backdrop Ideas

Photo booth backdrops are such a fun addition to parties, showers, weddings, and photo shoots! We’ve been making some of the internet’s favorite backdrops since 2010, and now we’re rounding up our favorites. Check out these easy and affordable photo booth backdrops to add some fun and color to your photos.

How to make a photo booth backdrop out of streamers

Ten years ago, I made my first photo booth backdrop using a broom handle, some twine, and some tinsel. I shared a DIY here on the blog and realized two things. First, I loved making photo booth backdrops and using them for fun photos. And second, you all loved it too!

And the rest is history.


I started think of every easy, fun, affordable way I could to create colorful and unique photo backdrop ideas here on Lovely Indeed. Now we have a huge library of so many backdrops to use, from parties to photo shoots and more!

So while you can see our entire library of photo backdrops here, I wanted to round up our most popular and my most favorite. This list has the backdrops that people have loved recreating, and the ones that I feel are the most bang for your buck when it comes to cost and ease.

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What Makes a Good DIY Photo Backdrop?

There are a few elements that go into creating a really great photo backdrop. To me, they need to stand up to a few tests!

Is it sturdy? This is a top-tier concern, because you definitely don’t want to create something that will fall apart in the middle of your party or photo shoot. Most of our photo booth backdrops are created on previously existing walls, so there’s little danger of falling over. Be sure to read through any DIY notes on the adhesives or methods of attachment we recommend to ensure that elements of your photo backdrop don’t fall off.

Is it affordable? I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to spend a ton of money to make something that looks amazing. Take a peek through our library to get inspired about different kinds of materials you can use that you probably already have around your house.

Is it easy? I also don’t think you need to be a DIY genius or design professional to make a photo booth backdrop that’s beautiful and cool! The tutorials I’ve included here are full of simple techniques that anybody can do.

Is it fast? None of the photo booth backdrops I’ve rounded up here take more than an hour to make! So you can get it done in a jiffy and move on to the fun stuff — the party and the pictures.

10 Easy and Affordable Photo Booth Backdrops

And now, without further ado, our 10 favorite photo booth backdrops and how to make them! Enjoy! xoxo

How to make a photo backdrop out of streamers

Our most popular and most recreated photo booth backdrop ever is this simple crepe paper streamer backdrop! You can make it for a few dollars in a few minutes.

how to make a tissue paper backdrop for parties

This tissue paper backdrop is one of the few we’ve created that uses an actual backdrop stand rather than a blank wall. It’s perfect for weddings, showers, birthdays, and lots more. Click here for a link to the exact backdrop stand that we use.

How to make a 5-minute new years eve photo backdrop

This shimmery gold and silver tinsel backdrop is our go-to for New Year’s Eve! Guests love to take selfies in front of it. And you can reuse the materials year after year.

DIY Crepe Paper Wall Photo Backdrop

Colorful crepe paper makes a pretty rainbow photo backdrop that’s super easy to recreate! You just need crepe paper and glue dots

DIY Scattered Flowers Photobooth Backdrop

These tissue paper flowers make a pretty photo backdrop for so many events! You can put this one together in less than an hour, for the cost of a pack of tissue paper and some double-stick tape.

This backdrop made from a roll of tickets is so fun and easy! I love using it at kids’ parties, especially if you have a movie, circus, or carnival theme.

What’s more fun than balloons?! This DIY balloon backdrop checks all of our boxes – easy, fast, affordable, and colorful!

Post-It Notes make the perfect material for photo backdrops because you don’t need a single other supply! Check out this easy tutorial on how to get your Post-Its perfectly even.

Here’s another idea that you can reuse over and over – a vinyl record backdrop! It’s all about how you adhere this photo booth backdrop to the wall, so check out the secret here.

DIY Faux Botanical Photo Backdrop

For something a little more boho, try a living wall! This botanical backdrop is so pretty and so simple.

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