How to Make a Photo Backdrop Out of Streamers

Photo backdrops are so fun! And they’re even more fun when they’re easy and affordable. This classic project was one of our first photo backdrops and has since become one of our most recreated DIYs! And I can almost promise that you’ll want one of these backdrops at your next shindig after we show you how to make a photo backdrop out of streamers.

How to make a photo backdrop out of streamers

How to make a photo backdrop out of streamers

How to make a photo backdrop out of streamers

We’ve got quite a library of photo backdrops these days (you can see them all right here!), but none of them is as easy and cheap as this one, especially since it still packs such a visual punch. It’s perfect for customizing because you can create it as large or as small as you like, and you can tailor the colors to your party theme. To best utilize this backdrop, make sure you have a nice plain wall with open space in front of it. You’ll use masking tape to adhere the backdrop to the wall, so there’s no risk of damage at all.

How to Make a Photo Backdrop out of Streamers

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

Start by deciding the dimensions and height of your backdrop. This particular backdrop is meant for photos of your guests’ torso and head — not full body. So this backdrop is four feet tall and five feet wide, and starts about 30 inches off the ground. If you’d like to make something larger, just go wider on the sides, start the streamers at a higher point on the wall, and take them all the way to the floor.

At the top of your backdrop, stretch a piece of masking tape sticky side out, and tape it to the wall with two smaller pieces. The long piece of tape needs to have the sticky side facing outward so that you can stick the crepe paper to it.

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

Start attaching pieces of crepe paper, a little over four feet long. Snip the ends so that they’re square and match up the edge with the masking tape. Overlap the pieces slightly. Continue this way until you’ve worked your way across the entire backdrop.

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

Roll a few pieces of masking tape so that they’re double-stick, and spread them across the top of the backdrop. Cover the top edge with a long piece of crepe paper to mask it and give it a clean finish. Do the same on either end to cover the smaller pieces of masking tape.

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

At the bottom, stretch a piece of masking tape across all of the crepe paper, sticky side in. The goal is to contain all of the streamers so that they don’t fly out of place during photos.

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

Mask the bottom with crepe paper using the same method that you did on the top. Snip the uneven edges of crepe paper so that all of the ends are hidden.

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

There! Now party on, dolls. This backdrop would not only be perfect for a photobooth, but would be awesome behind a dessert table, a head table, or any place you need a fun visual element. Check out all of our other backdrop ideas if you want to explore more than just how to make a photo backdrop out of streamers. We use all kind of stuff! Have fun! xoxo

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How to make a photo backdrop out of streamers

How to make a photo backdrop out of streamers

How to make a photo backdrop out of streamers

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89 thoughts on “How to Make a Photo Backdrop Out of Streamers”

  1. This is so sweet and easy to make. photobooths are cute and simple idea to bring some fun into a party. I also made one with some props. can wait so see what’s next!

  2. just curious if you had an idea of how many rolls of streamers to buy? I love this idea and plan on using it at my daughter’s Tnd bday 🙂 thank you for this great tutorial

    1. I had a few leftover rolls of crepe paper and used those. I would imagine, though, that you wouldn’t need more than two or three rolls, tops — even if you’re making a larger backdrop. A little bit goes a long way!

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  4. Any way to make this portable, in advance? Would love to have for a party but not enough time to start from scratch during setup.

  5. Ohh this will be Lovely Indeed!!! I need to find a backdrop for a bridal shower..and although I have seen some I like..so far none of them seem to be “The 1”
    Thanks bunches in advance!!
    Jackie

    BTW shower theme is Shabby Chic…just in case your trying to figure out what to do for a backdrop..just sayin…in case haha

  6. It is just beautiful , I am going to try for a quinceanera party the is coming up next month. Thank you

  7. I love this idea! I want to try it for my daughter’s first birthday party. We’re not having it at home, and the only place we could put this would be on a fence. Do you have any ideas about how we could attach it to the fence? I was thinking maybe taping both sides and then making a little loop with hot glue and sticking rope or twine between to tie it to the fence.

    1. Hi Laurielle! What kind of fence is it? If it’s wooden, perhaps you could use thumbtacks at the top of the fence to hold the streamers at the top.

  8. I love your backdrop ideas! Can I use a wire to attach the streamers to, to put over a door for a backdrop instead of tape.

    1. Hi Gwen, thanks for your question! You could try wrapping the ends around a wire. They might to better with something flat, so you could get some duct tape or similar, and put two strips back to back so the sticky part is covered up but it creates a flat base. Then tape the ends of the streamers to the duct tape base. Let me know if you end up trying something that works!

  9. I really liked the tip. I was uncreative, looking for a photo in the background.
    That way it got better, and excited my curiosity.

    Thank you!

  10. I love this! Thank you for sharing. I want to try this and am wondering if it would stay up on a wall without coming apart if I set it up a day in advance ?

    1. Hi Michelle! I would test out your tape a few days ahead of time. As long as you have tape that sticks, the rest of the installation will stick with it! I’ve had good luck with masking tape and painter’s tape, just be sure to test it on your walls because the type of paint you have will make a difference. Be sure to send a photo if you try it out!

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