Half the fun of throwing a party is the decorations. Of course, this means a banging photo wall. Don’t let us steal your creative thunder! With Selfmatic you can go nuts with the DIY, and have happy snaps all weekend long. It’s perfect for all kinds of parties with all sorts of styles. Here are some DIY photo backdrop ideas to get your creative juices flowing…
Let’s start super simple. Sometimes the best choice is the one that’s already there! If your party venue has a nice exposed brick wall you can set your Selfmatic up in front of it. For best results make sure the Selfmatic is far back enough that everyone will be in frame, without letting any non-brick elements into the background of the shot.
AKA a tinsel curtain. You can pick these up cheaply from any party supplies store in an array of colours. Our top tip is to put them over a plain coloured background, as the background will show through a bit. If you want less background to show through, simply layer a few mylar curtains. You can also do short mylar curtains in tiers for an extra fringy effect.
Nothing says “party time” like balloons! You could celebrate a baby shower with a wall of pink or blue tightly packed balloons or spell out your names in mylar balloon letters for your engagement party. For a birthday party, we just love this colour popping wall arrangement on Oh Happy Day.
Take your cue from nature and get tropical with some leaves. You can buy real leaves from a florist, raid your backyard, or order some fake ones online. Go orderly and elegant like this Lovely Indeed photo wall for a sophisticated tropical wedding, or add lots of leaves for a jungle feel fit for a safari themed party.
Who doesn’t love flowers? A flower wall can be arranged in a multitude of ways – tightly packed or loose, cascading blooms, or in a framing arch like this one. We also love the grassy backdrop for texture. You can either use fake flowers or real ones, but if you use real ones the backdrop will have to be created on the same day to avoid wilting.
Creating this parade-worthy wonder is just as much fun as taking pics in front of it! It’s perfect for a kid or kidult’s birthday party, a graduation party, or a whimsical wedding. We’ve made a handy cheat sheet with all the instructions for this DIY photo backdrop right here.
A wall of colourful paper lanterns will give a different feel depending on the lanterns you choose. Star-shaped lanterns are perfect for a Christmas party, white and silver lanterns work for an elegant engagement, or these ones are styled with pool toys to give a non-reflective beach ball effect. See how this one was created on Sugar and Cloth.
This is another brilliant photo booth backdrop idea from Lovely Indeed. Created from scrunched tissue paper in an oceanic ombre colour scheme, this colourway is ideal for a summery cocktail party. This one is so simple to adapt to match any party theme – go rainbow for a carnivale or mardi gras party, use flaming reds and oranges for a fiesta, or match it to your wedding colours.
Balloon Number Wall
Balloon numbers are just the thing to pep up a plain white wall for a birthday or anniversary party. You can buy these from any party supplies store in a variety of sizes and colours, and also letters in case you’d rather spell it out.
Variety is the spice of life!
You have your Selfmatic for the weekend, so why just use one backdrop? For Rachie’s wedding weekend, the Selfmatic went where the action was. They started with the Selfmatic set up on the lawn for the ceremony to capture all the guests with the beautiful property (and occasional photobombers) behind them.
When the party moved inside the Selfmatic did too. In the reception venue, the Roberts had created a DIY photo backdrop featuring balloons, astroturf texture and gold lettering.
The day after the wedding Selfmatic captured all the action at the recovery get-together to complete the weekend.
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