DIY: Scalloped Photo Booth Backdrop

Now that the wedding has come and gone I am having major withdrawals! Everyone warned me that this might happen but without even a honeymoon to help ease me into reality it's been rough (my new countdown is for Tahiti in October. It can't come soon enough!). 

Don't get me wrong, being a newlywed is one of the best feelings and we couldn't be happier!! I just wish I could hang on to that Wedding bliss a tad bit longer....

So what's a girl to do? Blog about her wedding projects of course! As promised, here are the steps I took in creating my photo booth backdrop.

Yes, I'm a goofball and I have insanely gorgeous friends...



Disclaimer: This took a lot longer than I had anticipated!! If I could do it again I would change up a few things.


STEP 1 - MAKE SCALLOP TEMPLATE

I created an 8'strip of cardboard from one of the many gift boxes we received in the mail! 

I then searched my apt for any circular shape that was the right size. This pot lid did the trick! The handles helped me find the center line so I could create a half circle shape. I grabbed a marker and started tracing along the cardboard strip.


STEP 2 - CUT FABRIC STRIPS

8' long and about 15" high - this took a LOT of fabric!


STEP 3 - CUT OUT SCALLOPS

I used a sewing crayon to trace the template onto each strip of fabric - all 29 strips!

I laid out a couple strips to make sure the pattern was lining up right...




STEP 4 - DYE THE FABRIC

This is where a whole day can be wasted. I thought it would be easy enough to just dye the strips of fabric with Rit Dye and create an ombre affect. This took me 9 straight hours of running the washer and dryer!! (I made sure to run the cycle on low so I didn't use too much water).  Thank goodness for best friends that have a W+D in their apt for me to use.

**This is where I failed. It would have been much easier to find fabric in the colors you want. It would have cut back on time and helped control the colors 
(it was always a surprise to see what color the dye created!)



STEP 5 - PUT IT TOGETHER!

Time consuming? YES! I laid out each fabric strip one by one on top of a large flat sheet. If I didn't like the gradient color I would have to lift it up carefully and re-arrange. Once I was satisfied with the layout I used a large glue gun and set it in place. I then secured flaps of Velcro throughout the top and sides so it could be secured to the pipe stand provided by the photo booth company.