You might think that during the summer months, where there is more actual “daytime” and sunshine and chances to take photos, that one might blog more. You’d be wrong ; ) While I’ve got plenty of awesome post ideas swirling around in my noggin, finding the time to write them out (versus another hour spent on the beach, or by the pool or going to bed EARLY for once) is the hardest part. Alas, I’ve been promising this customizable DIY PVC photo backdrop tutorial for a few months now and it’s finally ready to go live! We built this for Krista’s bridal shower – and by “we” I mean my Dad and by “built” I mean made a few cuts and assembled the piping in the garage. Ready to make the easiest photo backdrop in the world?
(3) 10′ lengths of 3/4″ PVC pipe
(4) 3/4″ PVC end caps
(2) 3/4″ PVC “L” pieces
(4) 3/4″ PVC “T” pieces
Hacksaw to cut PVC
– Cut 2 of the 10′ pieces of PVC pipe into 5.5′ and 4.5′ lengths. Then cut the 5.5′ pieces into 2.75′.
– Place the “T” pieces in between two 2.75′ lengths to form the sides of your photo backdrop.
– Place an “L” piece on the top of each side, facing each other.
– Connect the two sides by fitting the 4.5′ lengths into the “T” and “L” shapes.
– Cut the last 10′ length of PVC pipe into two 2′ and two 3′ foot lengths.
– Place the remainder of the “T” pieces on the bottom of each side length.
– Place the 2′ lengths facing FRONT, and the 3′ lengths facing BACK.
– Place the 4 end caps on the ends of the 2′ and 3′ lengths.
The photo backdrop ends up being 5.5′ tall and 4.5′ wide (obviously) which is a little short for standing adults. We used ours at Krista’s shower for her to open gifts in front of – if you wanted more of a photobooth vibe, keep the width and aim for about a 7′ height (you’ll have to buy more piping to make this work)
To decorate the photo backdrop, I bought sheer curtains from Target and strung them across the top frame, then added long lengths of different flower vines from Michael’s. Knowing that the PVC pipe has markings on it, I would maybe choose to buy solid white or colored curtains next time to avoid transparency. I would also recommend sandbags or something similar to weigh down the backdrop if you’ll be outside on a windy day! Happy crafting!