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Easy & Cheap Backdrop Ideas

I love that inspiration is all around us! We’re so lucky to have so much to be inspired by on a daily basis and yet sometimes you just can’t help but get a little, well… Discouraged.

You know what I mean… You’re on Pinterest or you’re taking a few minutes to check out some blogs and you suddenly feel a little green over all of the freak-ing ridiculous creativity, craftiness and the sheer time to do it all that’s floating around out there and you start questioning if you’ve ever had a good idea in your life.

Can you relate?

This post is for all of us who don’t have hours and hours to spend crafting. For those who don’t have access to never-ending budgets for creating elaborate schemes and especially for the mamas who forgot to switch the laundry over (again) because they are so freaking busy just trying to keep up with regular life.

If we can’t get the laundry switched over how the heck are we supposed to build a rustic lemonade stand, sew up some vintage inspired dresses and press 50 gallons of our own award winning homemade lemonade (that of course come from our own orchard in the back) all in coordination with the sun’s golden hour? I mean seriously?  I guarantee dinner was not made in that house.


What is a girl to do???

If you can relate… Today’s post is for YOU! Here are some FAST, CHEAP & EASY D.I.Y. BACKDROP IDEAS  to add a little spunk to your portfolio!


Awesome backdrop idea--easy and cheap!

photography by ::

Cost: Estimate Under $10

To create this look you’ll need:

  • Kraft Paper
  • Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Scarves, ribbon, twine and flowers are optional

For Annie and Jaime: Cheap Vibrant photo backdrop idea via Martha Stewart

Source:: Martha Stewart Weddings

Cost: Under $10

To create this look you’ll need:

Creator:: Urban Scarlet



Cost: Under $10

To create this look you’ll need:

  • At least two colors of streamers. In this example 4 were used: coral, sea foam green, off white and a light peach.
  • Scissors
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Masking Tape

Ribbon Backdrop by Bare Feet Projects

Cost: ?? Not to bad if you have a stockpile of fabric or ribbon!

To create this look you’ll need:

I think there are several different ways you could go about creating this look. You could use fabric, ribbon, streamers or some combination. Here’s what I’m thinking you would need.

  • Fabric (snip for desired width and then tear the fabric to give it a more shabby chic vibe)
  • Streamers (cut at all different sizes)
  • Ribbons (cut at all different sizes)
  • Cord. String across desired location and knot the ribbons and streamers to the cord.
  • Scissors


  1. Alison says:

    Oh thank goodness I am not the only one that looks at things thinking about how much I love the look and how little time I have! I also saw a birthday shoot with just balloons blown up and lined up by color rows taped to the wall and some streamers hanging, and I just loved it- cheap, fun, easy and no worries if it gets dirty or busted up! I have also learned that having a early teenage girl help me design things is helping a lot too- I give her what I want to do and she starts it for me!

  2. Gladys says:

    Even for the photo hobbyist, these ideas are awesome!!!

  3. Amy & Lisa says:

    Oh my….I love this post!! What great easy ideas. 🙂

  4. ashley says:

    The fabric photobooth is originally from here:
    Its way prettier when its in context of their whole wedding!!

  5. Jackie S says:

    Absolutely wonderful! I thank you for this article. I struggle all the time and get discourage.
    Love these backgrounds. Great for a photobooth indeed (which I am trying to build).

    I need to remind myself the answer to this question: how do you eat an elephant? ONE DAY AT A TIME.

  6. Jacki says:

    Loooooove this post! I’m shooting my first styled preschool shoot this week and don’t want to drop a ton on props/backdrops. I typically do the on-location thing, but this school is asking for “fall props and backdrop.” Yikes! Love your take on this and the way you wrote it. I can so relate. In fact, I think I have a load of clothes in the washer right now… 🙂

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