I'm not really sure if this is truly a DIY or more of a hack, but either way, here goes.
My work Christmas party is coming up and I'm part of the decorating committee* this year. The venue itself is a lot more casual and fun than we've had in the past, so I wanted to play up that sense of fun in the decorating, and seriously, what could be more fun than a photo booth?
So I scoured the internet for DIY masks, found a bunch of gorgeous ones... and ended up buying them from a cheapie dollar store anyway because I ran out of time.
But I did manage to make/hack together a stand for the backdrop!
We've hired out a venue with a lovely large floor-to-ceiling window, but it will be night-time during the party, which suits me great! Since the venue was hardly going to allow us to nail/stick/pin anything to the wall, I wanted something non-damaging and easily removable/portable. I looked online for a freestanding backdrop tutorial, but they all seemed way too difficult, requiring power tools (which I don't own) or glueing stuff together... and waiting for it to dry (which I didn't have time for) or both.
Enter my brilliant idea: suction cup hooks and a curtain rod. Yup. I know, right? I'm a genius.
Don't worry, I did fancy it up a little. I bought some cute little curtain-rod ends, used some dowel instead of an actual curtain rod (and saved myself upwards of $20 in the process!) and bought the fancy-looking suction hooks so you can't even see the suction cups on them.
It's pretty self-explanatory, but for those who like to see things spelled out:
- Make sure your dowel fits snugly into your hooks, then make sure your curtain-rod ends fit snugly onto your dowel. I used 16mm dowel and 16mm curtain rod ends for mine.
- Buy a rod that is approximately the same length as the width of your backdrop/curtain/old sheet/spare piece of fabric you had lying around.
- Position the suction cups nice and high on the window, preferably about a foot higher than the tallest booth-user, so the rod stays out of frame.
- Pop the rod onto the hooks to make sure they're positioned correctly. Notice how, in the pic below, it spans two doors? Still fits nicely on an angle! Super versatile!
- Thread your curtain onto the rod. I used a tab-top curtain I got on sale, so that was easy enough, but you could also throw a bedsheet over the rod, or sew a casing into some fabric. Whatever suits you/your budget/your time.
- Place the curtain rod back on the hooks and admire...
- ...Realise what a bad idea sheer curtains was and be relieved it was only $5.
Fortunately, I still have time to find a non-sheer backdrop!
I'll post pics from the booth after the party!
* Technically, it's a little more complicated than that, but I'm glossing over it for the sake of the narrative.