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For the past month or so my life has been consumed with church volunteer stuff. They decided to put on these huge neighborhood cookouts (three of them!) and I was put in charge of decorations and creating a photo booth. It needed to be something that was easy to put up and would stay within our budget. We threw a couple different ideas around with different elements, but we ultimately decided on a paper fan photo booth backdrop.
1. Grab a yard stick or a wooden dowel to use as your base. I chose to use a yard stick because it was flat, which I thought would be easier to work with. My yardstick had a hanging hole on one end so I took my drill and drill bit and created another hole on the other side. This will allow you to hang it up at the end.
2. I started in the middle so the paper fan photo booth backdrop would be as symmetrical as possible. I grabbed one of the larger paper fans, placed a dollop of hot glue on the yard stick, and plopped the paper fan down on. Make sure it’s completely dry before moving on.
3. The next steps are pretty repetitive. You’re going to want to first collage your paper fans out along the yard stick before you glue down to make sure they’re how you like. I started with the right side by gluing down a smaller paper fan of a different color. You’re also going to want to figure out how you’re going to layer each fan. Once your collage is how you like, start gluing!
4. Once you’re finished with the right side, flip it over and work on the left!
5. I had some paper fans slightly hanging off of the yard stick and I wanted them to be more supported. I took some kebab sticks (thin wooden dowels would also work) and put a heavy amount of glue down to attach the fans together.
6. Grab some fishing wire, thread it through the holes on your yard stick, and hang it up!
I added some simple crepe paper streamers and foil fringe garland to bring more elements into the photo booth, but you can leave it as it is too! While I made this for a photo booth backdrop, this would also be cute for a graduation, birthday party, or baby shower. Hang it up on the wall over the gift table or where ever for a cute and different party decoration!
Have you ever had a photo booth at an event? Let me know how you decorated it in the comments!