DIY stage backdrop for our little performer
Now, a good blogger would refrain from posting photos until AFTER Christmas so they could stage it nicely with their child.
(I’m impatient) I couldn’t wait to show you this easy-to-build DIY stage backdrop, in case you’re still thinking about making a handmade Christmas gift for your own little performer.
IT WAS SERIOUSLY SO EASY. I built the whole thing in about 30 minutes, maybe, and had it painted and ready with the curtains all in a single afternoon/evening.
So here’s the quick-and-dirty how-to …
I had a wooden dowel leftover from another project, and it was three feet long, so that’s how wide I decided to make the backdrop.
The rest of backdrop is built with three 1×2″ boards from Kent (each six feet long). That’s it! Each board is $3.30 so the framework is about $10. Pretty great!
Here’s how it looked right before I applied the paint! (I left the dowel off until the end, since I needed to screw it in place AFTER hanging the curtains on it.)
While I waited for the paint to dry, I sewed two curtain panels (so C can appear from “backstage” when she starts her performance) and that was the most time-consuming part by FAR.
Each panel needed to be 53″ tall and my sparkly fabric wouldn’t have been thick enough to support grommets, so I added a top border AND a leopard print ruffle.
Oh, and of course I wanted the curtains to look good on both sides so the backdrop could be reversible.
Here’s the light purple + pink side …
And here’s the dark pink + black side!
(I keep going back and forth on which side is my favourite.)
I wrapped the frame with twinkly lights, quickly set up her new microphone
(as mentioned in this post
) and added the “Something You Want” and “Something You Need” wooden gift tags
before taking a couple of pictures and hiding everything in my closet under a sheet.
I plan on setting it all up on Christmas Eve, once the kids are asleep, so C sees her brand-new popstar “stage” when she comes down on Christmas morning. I know she’s going to love it!
So who’s inspired to build one now? Let me know if you do — I want to see photos!