The importance of a photo background can not be ignored, especially taking photos indoor, however, the white dull wall of our bedroom is never the best option to choose. Too expensive to rent a professional photo studio with perfect backdrops? How about spend less and DIY your own stunning backdrops? The best thing about DIY is you can turn your imagination and brilliant ideas into something extraordinary and unique.
No need to worry about your DIY skills, because we’ve found the 10 easiest and cheapest ideas for you to try out!
1. Book pages/Newspaper
Let’s start with the free and easy to get materials, book pages and newspaper. Simply glue or tape them onto the wall, and here you have the vintage and retro vibe!
The sheer white curtains are romantic and that makes it a natural backdrop in your home. Please noted that you may need extra lights for shooting during the day, however, on the other hand, it’s not a bad idea to get some silhouettes.
3. LED Lights
We use LED lights to decorate the Christmas tree, our living room or even the bed. Do you know they are actually a great backdrop? You can easily get the great bokeh in the background, and the interaction between your object and the lights can also add the dreamy effect to your photos. And now that we’ve talked about the curtain backdrop, the curtain lights will make the scene even more dramatic!
When I say use balloons as the backdrop, I don’t mean to make a wall of the same balloons. Try the ideas shown in examples above, you can adjust the height of each balloon, make them into certain patterns, attach the balloons with different size and color together to find a balance, and etc. If you have no idea of color matching, go to Amazon and you will easily find a pack of party balloons of your favorite colors.
Use yarn creatively! Colorful yarn backdrop, yarn balls, knotted yarn lattice, you name it! Check out the tutorials below, you will find the beautiful yarn balls are so simple to make. You can even leave them in the room as the decorations.
6. Crepe paper streamers
Here’s another beautiful and easy-to-make decoration, the streamers. The easiest way is to hang them up and let them shine. Of course, you can twist the streamers to create a spiral look which will make the backdrop cuter and less boring. Also, you can turn crepe paper into fringe or ruffled garland, check the tutorials below and you will fall in love with them! (For ruffled streamers, it will be easier to make if you have a sewing machine.)
7. Paper fans
Paper fans are so easy to make, even for a kid, and the results are amazing. You can use paper fans with other backdrop ideas we mentioned in this article together, for instance, the paper flower and the balloons. A backdrop with only paper fans may be dull, but altogether with other elements, the paper fans will not only set the figures off to beauty but also provide the harmony you want.
Paper has infinite possibilities, the aforementioned paper fans and crepe paper streamers are perfect examples. Another paper art we can utilize is geometric origami. This kind of backdrop will make the space more stereoscopic. Try different color combinations to fit your needs.
9. Coffee filters
“I love coffee, I love tea, I love the java jive and it loves me” Turns out that coffee filters can be a state of art as well! Due to the water absorbency, you can color the coffee filters in different shades and thus make that aerial vibe backdrop.
10. Greens and flowers
Finally, we are going to bring some real world greens to our backdrops. Use some strings to hang the greens and flowers or you can type them to the wall. The dried flowers will be even better for the backdrops since they won’t wither and last longer.
To save you money, we can try making the paper flowers and leaves instead!