Guide to DIY Photo Booth Backdrops

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Party time! Excellent!

‘Tis the season for some serious partying and these days no party is complete without a photo booth.

Setting up a photo booth is as simple as providing a backdrop and encouraging your pals to point their smartphones toward it.

We’re here to help you with that first part (you herd your own friends in front it).

We’ll teach you three easy-peasy ways to craft a party poppin’ backdrop.

Give your party photos that extra schwing and have your friends chanting “we’re not worthy! we’re not worthy!”

Learn to Make 3 Simple Festive DIY Backdrops

Why It’s Cool

Having easy-to-create photo backdrops in your back pocket (or more practically, wherever you keep your craft supplies) is sweet ’cause a backdrop adds pizazz to your party photos. It’ll get people in silly and fun moods for taking photos and contribute to the general merriment of your soiree.


Streamer Backdrop –

  • Party streamers (the dollar store is a great place to find fun colors that won’t break the bank)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Dowel (any sort of pole to glue the streamers onto will do)

Post-it Note Backdrop –

  • Post-it notes (that’s it!)

Wrapping Paper Backrop –

  • Roll of fun wrapping paper
  • Thumb Tacks (Duct Tape or Masking Tape will do too)

Streamer Backdrop, STEP 1: Measure


Cut your streamers into 6 foot strips.

We found cutting them to 6 feet and hanging them a few inches off the ground will let even our tallest friends in on the fun.

A backdrop that measures approximately 6 feet long and 6 feet wide takes about 10 small rolls of streamers.

STEP 2: Cut Some Fringe


Cut fringe in some of the streamers to add some flair.

Fold your streamer to make the process faster. Cut each side almost all the way to the middle. Unroll the folded streamer and you will have some groovy fringe.

STEP 3: Twist and Shout


Another way to add texture is to twist sections of the streamer into cute li’l circles.

Pinch the streamer and twist to create circles all the way from top to bottom.

STEP 4: Glue the Streamers


Glue the end of your streamer strips to a dowel.

Glue a base layer of normal strips (not the fringed or twisted streamers) first and then glue the textured streamers on top.

STEP 5: Get to Partying!

Use as many or as few colors as you want and get ready to party down.

Post-it Note Backdrop


Pick a wall and start posting those notes.

You can color block or make a fun geometric pattern.

Once the wall is covered in Post-its you are ready for some serious camera fun.

Wrapping Paper Backdrop


Grab a fun roll of wrapping paper and hang it on an empty wall with thumb tacks or tape.

Well, that was easy!

Let the good photo times roll.

Trick Out Your Photo Booth

You DIY the Backdrop, We’ve Got Everything Else Covered

Prop up a phone and let your guests snap their own photos.

The Shutter Remote
$40 in the shop

Huzzah! Add pizzazz to your photos. Woot!

The Pennant Party Box
$25 in the shop

Document your photo booth’s shenanegins throughout the night.

Digital Time-Lapse Cam
$180 in the shop

Let your guests show how they really feel.

Chalkboard Speech Bubble
$15 in the shop

Hand your friends photo on instant film. Instantly!

Instax 210 Instant Cam
$80 in the shop

Use your phone to trigger your DSLR by sound! Just yell to snap.

The Triggertrap
$70 in the shop

**Thanks to Jordan at Oh Happy Day for the streamspiration!**


You love love, and you love it big time. So, go BIG this Valentine’s Day.

Print up a 3 foot x 4 foot Engineer Print to show your love BIG time.

Read along to see three fun ways to spread the love to friends, crushes and soulmates using photos!


1. Mailbox Surprise

Just fold up your Engineer Print, pop it in an envelope and mail it to your long-distance love.

Parabo Press’s EPs (as the cool kids call ‘em) are printed on extra thin paper, perfect for easy hanging and mailing too!

Yeah, your print will get creases in it, but we just love the idea of your giftee unfolding and unfolding and unfolding to reveal the biggest Valentine they’ve ever received.


2. Pin the Heart on the Babe

We may have spent a bit extra time on this part of the photoshoot in the Photojojo Office … this game is serious fun! Everyone gave it a go.

Print up a photo of your favorite heartthrob, cut out some hearts, procure a blindfold, give the first contestant a good spin, and watch them just try to find their way to that cutie’s heart.

It’s the perfect pastime for a Galentine’s Party or a cozy night in – just you, mood music, a box of chocolates and an EP of Michael B. Jordan.


3. Surprise! I love you!

Engineer Prints (available in color and B&W) are the perfect width to tape in your
standard door.

Tape your face looking into a room with an inward opening door to give your favorite someone a BIG surprise.

Just make sure your intended recipient is in the room when you stick up that print.



What are you waiting for?


Three Lovely Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Using Photos

We get it. You need the perfect costume idea.

Whelp, if you like snapping photos and having fun (you sound like our favorite kind of person) look no further!

Check out four easy costume ideas that’ll get you all the best candy (full size only).

Inspector Gadget

Fill a trench coat with gizmos and give your friends a fright followed by relief when they realize you did not dress as a streaker.



Hang the Photo Rope from your neck and use magnets to hang your favorite photos. You’re everyone’s favorite stream of photos. *Liked*


  • A Black Outfit
  • Photo Rope
  • Square Prints (get ‘em free from Parabo Press)

A Beautiful Unicorn

Throw magical colorful clouds around, wherever you go! The more color you fling the more colorful your costume will become.


A Real-Live Photo Booth

Document your favorite costumes and hand out prints as you go. You can even charge your pals for print … just like a real photo booth.


Do you have a super photo-related costume idea? Tell us over on Instagram – we’re @photojojo. Or, show us with #photojojo.

Simple and Silly Costume Ideas for Photographers

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