Celebrating my son’s birthdays in a special way is something that I love doing. Creating memories to last a lifetime and showing them just how amazing I think they are. While birthdays are a special occasion that I tend to loosen the purse strings for, I do try to keep some of the decorations and other party elements budget friendly. This year as I searched for a way to make a festive background for AJ’s 3rd birthday party I came across a super cute, and very affordable solution. The $5.00 DIY party backdrop that Jenna from Rain On A Tin Roof had made for her daughter a couple of years ago. Following her tutorial I made my own version which I think turned out great!
How To Make Your Own DIY Birthday Party Backdrop
3 – 5 plastic table cloths (AJ had 5 while KC’s backdrop only had 3)
- Open your plastic table cloths and determine in which color order you want them to hang. I chose my order based on what color I wanted showing at the top of the backdrop during the party. Once you have decided the order of your colors you can begin taping each layer one on top of the other to the wall so that it will hang. I taped each corner and then in the middle along the top to keep it from sagging while I worked.
- Once your tablecloths are attached to the wall and you can start cutting your strips. I made them about 4 inches wide and left about 6 inches uncut at the top. You can make the strips wider or a tad thinner if you wish depending on the look you are going for. To help keep your strips uniform in width make one cut through all your layers at once. It doesn’t matter if your cuts are not completely straight as you won’t notice it in the end.
- Start at one end using all the colors braid your cut strips together. It really doesn’t matter which color you start with as they get mixed anyway. However, I tried to alternate the color I started with because I felt that you could see a difference in the braided part of the background. You only need to braid down a couple of inches and then tie it off with a simple knot.
I had my mother-in-law help me do step two and three to help us cut down on time and it took about 45 minutes to an hour to complete the DIY birthday party backdrops. I think they turned out great! We kept the one we made for AJ’s party and reused it for my nephew’s 1st birthday party making it an even more economical option!
That’s it! Simple. Easy. DIY. What else could you ask for?
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