How to Make a Simple Backdrop for Birthday Parties

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A handmade backdrop sets the mood for a birthday party. Hanging a backdrop behind the birthday cake table adds color and can highlight the party's theme, such as pictures of toys for a toddler party, or the guest of honor's age. A personalized birthday party backdrop with the party's colors adds a festive touch. Your decorative backdrop provides a suitable background for photos of the birthday party. Use a few tricks to make a simple birthday party backdrop out of inexpensive craft supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Butcher paper
  • Scissors
  • Tarp
  • Tape gun with packaging tape, or any wide tape
  • Stencils (optional) or common objects to trace, such as round and square lids
  • Poster paints or acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Measure the area for the backdrop. For example, measure the area of the wall behind the food table where you want to hang the backdrop. You only need to measure the area you want the backdrop to cover. For example, if you're hanging the backdrop behind a table, measure from the ceiling to the top of the table, and then measure the width. Make the backdrop at least as wide as the table.

  • Cut pieces of butcher paper the length you need for the length you measured for the backdrop. Cut as many pieces as you need to make the backdrop as wide as you want it. For example, if you have a 36-inch roll of butcher paper, cut two pieces of paper the desired length to create a 6-foot backdrop.

  • Lay the pieces of butcher paper on a tarp so their edges meet. Roll a tape gun down the middle of the seam to tape the two pieces together. Turn the taped backdrop over so the tape is on the back.

  • Draw your design for the backdrop. Use stencils if desired, or trace common objects such as lids to create even designs. For example, trace the square lid from a tin to create a stack of blocks for a toddler birthday party backdrop, or cubes for an adult's birthday. Write happy birthday, or draw a cheerful picture, if desired.

  • Paint the backdrop. Use poster paints or acrylic for bright colors that dry fairly quickly, and paint the background first. Allow the background to dry for a half hour or more until its dry to the touch.

  • Paint the design, message or drawing on the backdrop when the background is fully dry. This helps to prevent the risk of smearing and colors running together. Leave the backdrop flat to dry. Use tape loops to hang it on the wall for the party.

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