Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DIY Backdrop in 15 Minutes for Under $15

Sooooo, I needed this like 4 years ago but I finally came around to making one this week. When googling or even checking Amazon, these bad boys ran up to $39. I am on a budget right now and that just wasn't on it. I always thought that making one myself wasn't going to be cost efficient rather then just buying one online but boy was I wrong! I take a lot of pictures of my kids, Millie is starting her YouTube channel and I do a lot of events with Thirty-One, so this was just ideal for me to make. I also had a friend who sold Lularoe and she convinced me. (Thank you Stephanie!)

I went to Lowe's and got everything I needed for under $15. Yes, that's it!! The only reason I actually cost me that much is because my Lowe's didn't have single T pieces so had to buy a pack of 10 which added about $3 extra in my cart. But I can store those somewhere around my house and use them later right? HA!

What you will need:

(2) 10′ lengths of 3/4″ PVC
(1) 5′ length of 3/4″ PVC
(4) 3/4″ PVC end caps
(4) 3/4″ PVC T Pieces
(2) 3/4″ PVC Elbow Pieces
Pipe cutter/Saw
Little helpers (optional)
Measuring Tape & Marker
Rocks (weight purposes)

It is very important that you get the “slip” end caps, T pieces and elbows.  If you get the “threaded” version it will not slide onto the PVC pipe as needed.

Cut List

2 pieces cut at 54 inches long (cut from one 10′ pipe)
4 pieces cut at 30 inches long (cut from second 10′ pipe)
4 pieces cut at 12 inches long (cut from 5′ pipe)

Here is everything we had after being cut :

We used our saw to cut ours and I had little man help because of course he saw that chance to play with these pipes. I had about a 30 inch piece left over. I can use that in the future too ;) Once all your pieces are cut it is time to start assembling. Start by attaching one 12″ piece to a T piece and adding another 12″ piece to the opposite end. Put an end cap on each end and repeat. These are the legs to the stand.

Connect a 30″ piece to the stand leg and add another T piece. Millie helped hold the pieces together so they wouldn't fall. Now connected your 54″ piece to each side of the stand legs. Then you attach one more 30″ piece and repeat for the other stand leg.

Now add the final 54″ piece to the top by using the 2 elbow pieces. And we're done! I have a lot of fabric I can't wait to dig out of "storage" to use!

This is perfect for your kids birthday parties, puppet shows, games, videos and even for mommies events ;) I hope you found this helpful and can't wait to see how yours turn out. I have found it to be pretty sturdy but if you want to add more weight, I have added rocks from the dollar tree into the bottom of my leg stand. It has helped tremendously.