In our digital age, there are always opportunities to snap a few photos, and there’’s no better time to share a photo to your Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat than when you’re having a great time at a party. If you’re the host of that party, then why not provide your guests with a simple photo backdrop to create some fantastic memories?

A DIY photo backdrop really doesn’’t need to be that complicated. Even if you’’re planning something last-minute, it doesn’’t take a lot of skill, nor will it take you much time to create. In fact, the whole thing can be done in less than 10 minutes, and it still creates an amazing backdrop for all those inevitable photos! Even better, you don’’t need any kind of sewing or crafting skills, it’’s fully removable and reusable and it’’s actually pretty inexpensive as well. I picked my fabric up from an auction website for around £9 per metre.

I used Command Strip hooks for this project because they are easy to hang and can be removed without damaging your walls; great as your backdrop will be temporary! You can really choose any fabric you like for this, but the sequinned fabric really sparkles with the fairy lights and makes things so much more festive if it’’s a Christmas or New Year’ party.


here's what you'll need...

  • 2 metres of sequinned dress fabric
  • Medium-weight Command Hooks
  • Safety pins
  • Ribbon
  • A few strings of fairy lights for behind and in front of backdrop

What youll need



I used three hooks as my fabric was quite wide (about 54””), but you may only need two. It just depends upon the width of your fabric but the wider it is, the larger your backdrop and thus, the more support it will need. If it’’s quite wide, you’’ll probably be best off using three hooks.

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Cut a few pieces of ribbon about 3 inches in length.

    DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop Step 1

  • 2

    On one side of the cut end of the fabric, loop the ribbon around and secure with a safety pin. Repeat at the other end and if required the middle point of the cut end as well.

    Photo BackDrop step 2

  • 3

    Place three Command hooks an equal distance apart on the wall, around the same distance apart as the width of the fabric and about 2 metres from the floor, following the instructions on the pack to ensure they are secured properly.

    DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop Step 3

  • 4

    String your fairy lights between the hooks and plug into a nearby outlet.

    DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop Step 4

  • 5

    Place the loops of fabric on the hooks and ensure the fabric is covering the fairy lights on all sides.

    DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop Step 5

  • 6
    Turn on your fairy lights and get the party started! If you’’d like, you can string some decorative fairy lights at the front too. DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop 5 That’s it! Your DIY Photo Backdrop is now complete! You can also include a few props for guests to use in their photos, from little signs to Christmas hats, mistletoe, antlers  – whatever you think might help people loosen up and have fun.

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By Kimberly Duran on 14.12.15

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