Strike a pose. When I hear those three words, I immediately think of Madonna in her Vogue days, which was exactly what I wanted to channel for the DIY photo backdrop at our wedding. Swap Madonna’s “glam” for a heavy dose of #Emiloug “rustic” (Okay, and a Batman mask…) and it’s safe to say that the target was hit!
Making the backdrop was the most fun DIY of all the wedding details we made, and this one even involved my buddies Lily & Kristen, who helped to create all the props and cut out fabric as I slowly entered into the land of no return (AKA: Get. shit. done. now, now, now! mode) about a week before the wedding. (You guys are the best. Thanks for keeping me sane.)
Below is a step by step guide to creating your own backdrop. I promise it’s painless, and the results were pretty fabulous, if I do say so myself!
- Wood board for the top of the backdrop
- 4 colors of fabric
- White paint
- Paint brush
1. Cut wood board to the desired length of your photo backdrop.
The board I used was from a reclaimed wood store, which was cut to approximately 3 ft. Paint the lettering for the top of the backdrop first and let it dry immediately afterwards.
2. Cut the fabric it into long pieces that are approximately 5 ft. in length and 2 – 3 inches in width.
3. Take 2 – 5 pieces of cut fabric and bring together.
Position the middle of the pile onto the board and nail in securely. Repeat until the entire board is filled with multi-colored fabric hanging from it.
4. When finished filling the entire wood board, secure any loose pieces of fabric to the back of the board with hot glue or additional nails.
Hold the board upright to gauge how the fabric hangs. Cut the ends of the fabric to be the same length.
5. For the props, simply cut out your desired shapes from construction paper.
Secure with tape to a stick and place into a vase to hold them.
…And there you have it! A darling photo backdrop that is sure to be the hit of your wedding. Besides you and your groom, of course!