Make This Instagram-Worthy Photo Booth Backdrop for Your 4th of July Party
You guys know we love a good DIY photo backdrop. Heck, we love any and every kind of DIY party decor, but a photo booth really brings something to the fiesta table. Any excuse to take a few too many photos with our pals, right? So we pulled out our trusty wooden dowel one more time for a super easy (and may we say flippin’ adorable) 4th of July flag backdrop. Scroll on to learn how we did it!
— 1 yard light red fabric
— 1 yard dark red fabric
— 1 yard white fabric
— 12 yards white trim
— 2-foot by 1-foot blue fabric
— fabric scissors
— X-Acto knife
— cutting mat
— safety pins
— 5-foot dowel
1. Cut your red and white fabric into 2-inch-wide, 5-foot-long strips.
2. Cut your white trim into 5-foot-long strands.
3. Draw various-sized stars at random on your blue fabric. Then cut out the stars with an X-Acto knife. Fabric scissors also work, but it’s difficult to be precise.
4. Hang up your dowel, then tie on all light red strips using a double knot. Repeat with the dark red fabric, then the white, spacing out you strips to mimic an American flag. Add the white trim last.
5. Pin the blue fabric to the top right corner of your backdrop.
6. Take tons of photos with your pals!
Here’s another reason to make this backdrop — it’s a good excuse to use all the fabric scraps you have lying around.
Cut your red and white fabric into two-inch-wide, five-foot-long strips. Repeat with the rest of your fabric, then cut your trim into five-foot-long strands.
Draw stars at random on your blue fabric. Then cut out the stars with an X-ACTO knife. Fabric scissors also work, but they’re not as precise.
Look at that beauty!
Hang up your dowel, then tie on all of the light red strips using a double knot. Repeat with the dark red fabric, then the white. Leave space between the strips to mimic American flag stripes. Add the white trim last.
Pin the blue fabric to the top right corner of your backdrop.
Hello, you glorious flag, you. Guess what the next step is?
Take photos with all your homies! As always, silly props and sunnies are encouraged.
Are you going to make this backdrop yourself? If so, we want to see the results! Share photos with the hashtags #iamcreative and #britstagram so we can take a look!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!