Make Your Own Party Backdrop

Party Backdrop

When I host a party I usually serve food from my kitchen nook area.  I push the table right up against the wall.  There is a painting that usually hangs there but for a party I will take it down and decorate the wall with a banner or something else.

For the bridal shower I hosted last week I decided to create a fabric backdrop that I could use on the wall.

Party Backdrop

A trip to Home Depot and then to Joanne Fabrics and I was good to go.  The total cost for the backdrop was about $10.00. At Home Depot I picked up two 2 x 1 pieces of wood.  I think they were 8 feet long and less than a dollar a piece.  Before you purchase your wood you will need to decide how big you want your backdrop to be.  I measured the wall space I wanted to fill.  Mine measures 36 x 47 inches.  I had them cut my wood to size right at Home Depot – they do it for free.  Then all you need is a piece of fabric that is big enough to cover your frame, a few nails and a staple gun.

We used nails to put it together.  Jim helped out a bit in this department.  He doesn’t trust me with power tools so he did the drilling.  He predrilled some holes for the nails.

And then he nailed the boards together.

I chose a black and white fabric to keep it fairly neutral.  I wanted a backdrop I could use for lots of different occasions.  I used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the wooden frame.

I did a nice little mitered corner.

Pull the fabric nice and tight so the fabric is pulled taut over the frame.

It is then ready to hang on the wall.  I do recommend hanging it straight though.  Not crooked like mine!

You now have a nice blank canvas on which to create whatever backdrop you’d like.  For the bridal shower I ordered some colored paper fans from Polka Dot Market and just attached them to the backdrop with straight pins.  They are super lightweight and a straight pin worked great to hold them in place.

Such a fun and inexpensive way to add decoration to any party or event.

I think the possibilities are pretty much endless for this backdrop.  Watch for it in upcoming parties to see what I do with it!

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Erika says

    Hi Leigh Anne, I love your blog, thank you for all of your creative ideas and delicious recipes. I have a question on this background piece that you did though. I went to the Polka Dot Party website for the fans and they were $2.75 each. Your design shows 6, so that adds up to quite a bit more than the $10 cost mentioned. Was the $10 only for the frame and materials? Also, are the fans relatively re-usable so that they could be saved for other events? Thank you!

    • says

      Erika, Yes the $10.00 cost was just for the backdrop itself not for the fans The fans are totally reuseable. They fold up nice and small and you can store them away.

  2. says

    Thanks to seeing this backdrop at your “How to Throw a Party” Party, I’m using this idea for a wedding sweets table I’m decorating this week! Coincidentally, the bride even chose a similar fabric, it’s just going to be red/white instead of black/white. I’m also using paper fans, per your suggestion!

  3. Kim says

    This is such a great idea. It looks beautiful for the bridal shower and I can not wait to see what else you do with it. Thanks so much for all your great ideas.

  4. Robyn Neville says

    Thanks, love how quick and simple this is and you could easily change out the fabric as needed. THANKS!

  5. says

    Backdrops can change your home or party location into a whole new place. Where once there was a modern entertainment center or a view into a kitchen, there can now be a castle wall or a garden scene..

  6. Marci Olson says

    I love your backdrop. I checked out the Polka Dot Market, and I think that I’m going to be in a lot of trouble. They have SO many great items. I’ve already pinned 2 for future reference. You’ve inspired me to get on the ball and plan my niece’s baby shower. (She is due in August.) Thank you!

  7. says

    This is so great, Leigh Anne! Thank you for choosing our 16″ and 18″ party fans for your gorgeous backdrop. Love the colors you picked! Shared on our Facebook wall today. Thanks a bunch!

  8. says

    This backdrop is gorgeous. A backdrop makes all the difference in setting the scene for a party, plus it provides lovely background for photos. And the $10 price? That makes this project even sweeter! Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea.

  9. Simmy says

    Wow what beautiful backdrop and a great easy way of putting it together… I have question if you can not nail it to the wall can you rest it on the table and it will not tip over????

    • says

      You could definitely rest it on the table but you might also want to look at Commando hooks that you can put on the wall – they aren’t nailed in they are held by adhesive which is easily removed when you are done and doesn’t damage the paint. You can find them at Home Depot, Target etc.


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