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25 Creative Materials for DIY Party Backdrops

A good backdrop can take a party to the next level. It instantly stands out in party decor and serves as the perfect background for photo booths and memorable moments. The best part is that...

A good backdrop can take a party to the next level. It instantly stands out in party decor and serves as the perfect background for photo booths and memorable moments. The best part is that creating your own DIY party backdrop is easy and affordable! Let me share some of my favorite materials to inspire you to create amazing party backdrops of your own.

1. Tablecloths

Plastic tablecloths are one of the easiest and most cost-effective options for DIY backdrops. They come in a wide variety of colors and styles, making it easy to find the perfect one for any occasion. Simply hang a large rectangular tablecloth on your wall and add themed embellishments like balloons, fringe, or props to create a photo op spot or table backdrop. For example, a star-spangled tablecloth is ideal for a Fourth of July block party, while a spider web tablecloth sets the scene for a spooky spider party.

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2. Fabric

If you can't find a suitable tablecloth, head to your local craft supply store and check out the fabric section. Fabric is easy to hang and allows you to buy as many yards as you need to fit your backdrop space perfectly. Whether it's wave fabric for a pirate party, plaid fabric for a punk glam NYE party, or sheer fabric decorated with faux florals for a wildflower shower, the options are endless.

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3. Wrapping Paper

Keep an eye out for wrapping paper that matches your party theme. Not only is it great for wrapping gifts, but it can also serve as a quick and easy DIY backdrop. Simply hang it on your wall, and you have an instant backdrop that adds a pop of color and pattern. For example, a rainbow-spotted wrapping paper is perfect for a vibrant Thanksgiving kid's table.

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4. Paper

Plain paper can be a great blank canvas for your backdrop. Whether you write, draw, or cut it up, the possibilities are endless. Consider using bulletin board paper, as it is large and sturdy. Create a hanging menu backdrop using brown paper for a pink Thanksgiving, doodle on white paper for an artist's bridal shower, or cut up black and gray paper to set the scene for a Stranger Things party.

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5. Chalkboard

Chalkboards make another excellent option for DIY backdrops. Not only can you write or draw on them, but they also add a stylish touch to your party decor. Plus, they are endlessly reusable for any theme. Use a chalkboard backdrop for a contemporary black and white Easter party.

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6. Wallpaper

For a more adhesive backdrop, try easily removable wallpaper. Platforms like Spoonflower offer a wide range of designs, making it easy to find one that suits your party perfectly. Whether it's a gothic skull wallpaper for a Halloween party or a birch tree wallpaper for a fall-themed celebration, the right wallpaper can set the mood.

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7. Vinyl Stickers

Vinyl stickers offer a great adhesive option with more flexibility. They come in various shapes, allowing you to create patterns and position them as you please. In a country music wedding, use vinyl stickers shaped like music notes for your cake table backdrop.

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8. Masking Tape

Masking tape is one of my favorite materials for DIY backdrops. It's affordable, comes in a wide range of colors, and allows you to get really creative. Best of all, it's easily removable. Check out my round-up of 10 easy DIY masking tape backdrop ideas for inspiration.

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9. Pegboard

Pegboard is a versatile material that allows you to easily hang items like flowers, favors, or desserts. The peg holes make it easy to space items out evenly, and you can paint it any color to match your party's color scheme. Use pegboard for a Galentine's Day flower arranging party, a vintage butterfly shower, a pirate party, or a cosmic donut bar.

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10. Gridwall Panels

Metal gridwall paneling is another option that makes it easy to space out your decor evenly. Paint them in any color you like and use them to hang favors and other items. Paint a purple gridwall panel for a pastel skull Halloween party, a yellow one for a tropical fruit shower, or a red one for a patriotic party merch stand backdrop.

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11. Wood

Wood is a versatile material that can be easily painted to match your party's color scheme. Use big sheets of plywood cut into shapes, recycled wood for a wooden plank backdrop, or small wooden craft shapes to create unique patterns.

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12. Fencing

Consider grabbing some fencing from the hardware store for your next party backdrop. It adds texture and quickly covers large spaces. For example, bamboo fencing creates the perfect ambiance for a panda-monium party.

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13. Netting

Netting can make a simple yet impactful backdrop, depending on your theme. Camo netting works well for a NERF-themed party, while fish netting sets the scene for a softly shipwrecked wedding.

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14. Fringe

Fringe is an affordable and versatile DIY backdrop material. It comes in endless colors and adds a fun and playful element to your party decor. Use layered fringe garlands for a sweet slumber party backdrop or draped fringe for a haunted house decorating party. You can even create shapes out of fringe for holidays like Valentine's Day and Easter.

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15. Balloons

Balloons are not only great for balloon garlands but also for creating unique backdrops. Use shaped balloons for a spring dino party or pink shark party. Get creative with letter and number balloons for punny Easter parties or an iridescent NYE party. You can even use balloons to create shapes, like an ombre heart for a shower.

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16. Plates

Believe it or not, paper plates can make a unique backdrop. They come in a variety of colors, patterns, and themes and are usually available in large packs. Consider using paper plates for a March Madness party or any other theme that calls for a creative touch.

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17. Streamers

Streamers are a quick and easy way to create a backdrop with visual impact. Hang strands of streamers next to each other or drape them on hoops for a unique decorative look. Streamers work well for an L.O.L. Surprise Doll party or a fiesta shower.

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18. Paper Fans

Paper fans offer a wide range of colors, patterns, and sizes. When combined with garlands, they create a multi-dimensional party backdrop that adds a touch of elegance. Use them for a magical pastel unicorn party or a navy and gold holiday dinner party.

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19. Tickets

Tickets offer an extra creative option for DIY backdrops. They come in a variety of pastel colors and are perfect for a county fair-themed party or any other theme that matches your event. You can find them in huge rolls at an affordable price.

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20. Feathers

Layered paint-dipped feathers create a soft and whimsical backdrop. They add a touch of elegance to the cake table at a mixed pastel bridal brunch.

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21. Macrame

For a boho look, macrame makes a gorgeous backdrop that can be hung on a stand, over a window, or on a wall. Use macrame for an elegant navy and purple wedding or a boho mimosa bar.

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22. Greenery

For an organic feel, greenery is the way to go. Use faux greenery for easier manipulation and a no-wilt guarantee. Create a solid greenery backdrop for a minimalist mimosa bar, use faux leaves and plants for a dino-ween party, or simple evergreen wreaths for a classy black and green winter wedding.

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23. Cardboard Stands

Giant life-size cardboard cutouts are a hit with kids and perfect for photo shoots. They add a fun and brilliant touch to any party. Use a huge chocolate bunny for a chocolate bunny Easter party, a gorgeous horse cutout for a horse party, or jazz musician silhouettes for a Mardi Gras charity event.

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24. Art Prints/Posters

Art prints or posters are the ultimate easy DIY backdrop. Find ones that match your party's theme, and they will instantly set the scene or provide a photo booth backdrop. Use posters from cities around the world for a travel-themed wedding or geometric heart prints for a watercolor heart shower.

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25. Frames

Consider framing objects for three-dimensional backdrops. Whether it's florals for a botanical bar cart or tiny hats for a royal tea party, frames add contrast and elegance to your backdrop. You can use painted frames or cardboard cutouts, depending on the desired effect.

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I hope this list has inspired you to get creative with your DIY party backdrops. With so many fun and affordable materials to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Don't forget to check out my Amazon Shop for many of the materials I use. Happy DIYing!

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