Weddings should be the happiest day of a couple's life. However, the wedding budget often causes stress and arguments leading up to the big day. Wedding photos create lasting memories for years to come, but photography can also bust a couple's budget. Create a backdrop for wedding portraits using PVC pipe and muslin fabric, which may help lower the photography budget. Also, consider hiring a photography student or good friend to take the wedding photos. Just be sure to do a test shoot to determine if the photographer will meet the couple's needs.
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Things you need
- 4 to 5 feet of muslin, 108 or more inches wide
- 2 rolls of no-sew fusible tape
- Ironing board
- Straight edge
- 4 pieces of 3/4 inch by 10 feet Schedule 40 PVC Pipe
- 8 pieces 3/4 inch Schedule 40 PVC Caps
- 1 piece 1 1/4 inch by 10 feet Schedule 40 PVC Pipe
- 2 pieces 3/4 inch Schedule 40 PVC Elbow
- 2 pieces 3/4 inch Schedule 40 PVC T-Connector
- 2 pieces 3/4 inch Schedule 40 PVC Coupling
- 2 pieces 3/4 inch Schedule 40 PVC Cross Connector
- Hacksaw or PVC pipe cutter
- Craft paint (optional)
- Monogram stencil (optional)
Take the straight edge and draw a straight line along the inside of the cut edges of the muslin. Place the no-sew tape along the pencil line and fold in the cut edge.
Follow the instructions included with the no-sew tape, and iron along the edges. Once ironed, the no-sew tape forms a strong bond and effectively hems the backdrop fabric.
Iron the entire backdrop to remove any wrinkles. It may be necessary to repeat this step prior to the wedding and setting up the backdrop for photos.
Cut 8 pieces of the 3/4 inch PVC pipe, about 1 1/2 feet long. Place a PVC cap on one end of each piece. Join together four pieces using the cross connectors. This forms the two base pieces for the background stand.
Next, cut 2 pieces of the 3/4 inch pipe, about 2 feet long. Place one end of the cut pipe into the holes on each cross connector. On the other end of the 2 foot long piece, attach a T connector. Next, cut the side pieces and cross piece for the backdrop frame. Cut 2 pieces of PVC pipe for the sides to a length that will allow the backdrop to be tall enough but won't be too tall for average ceilings and doors. Cut the cross pieces to a length about 6 inches longer than the width of the fabric.
Connect the side pieces to the T connectors on the 2 foot pieces of PVC pipe. Attach an elbow joint to the top of each side piece. Attach the cross piece into each elbow joint. This should form a rectangle frame for the fabric backdrop. Attach Velcro to the top cross piece of the frame and place the other half to the fabric. This provides a method for attaching the fabric to the frame.
Tips and warnings
- Muslin fabric takes paint well. Consider painting a customised monogram on the backdrop. This will provide a custom look for wedding photos, unique to the couple.
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