DIY this super easy – and pretty! – backdrop for your next party, and it doubles as wall candy!
On Tuesday we shared some photos from our little Valentine’s Day
calorie fest celebration, and it was adorable, but we were surprised to hear what YOU seemed to like the most: the painted backdrop that made a minor cameo in our little shoot. But we agree it’s super cute, so we have some details to share about how easy it is to make your own, perfect for any party theme!
The best part about the backdrop is they aren’t actually a party backdrop. I found canvases on sale at Michaels and was going through a phase where I really wanted art but was too poor (just kidding, that’s still today) to buy real art, and I figured I could just DIY some colour for my sad, blank walls.
That’s right, I finally used all that art school training to create masterpieces of wall decor. Just kidding, I have zero art school training. I know. So surprising.
ANYYYYWAYS, I took pictures when I was making these because I sent Justin a play by play (to be fair, we had this whole discussion when I bought the canvases that I’d never use them and blah blah so really, he had it coming), to his (I’m sure) complete joy but actually beneficial because now I can show you how to make your own! Although I don’t think a tutorial to make abstract art makes a lot of sense…but still, sometimes it helps to have guidance, right?
You can do this on canvas, which is always on sale at a craft store somewhere in the city, or just on paper if you want to frame it. This paint (acrylic, but like, the cheap stuff) costs about $0.99, so you know. There’s that.
First step, paint your canvas white. This is probably optional, but my canvas was sort of a creamy colour and I liked it better white. It also made all my other colours look exactly the way they did in the bottle. So.
The next step is: just paint. Pick whatever colours you like and just go crazy. It actually is sort of therapeutic. I just added whatever I liked, and there’s no sense to it, but you know.
I had some gold foil sheets so I added those because I’m obsessed, but it also catches the light in the hall really pretty so I would recommend that for everyone!
We hung them up in the hallway, and then I decided they’d match the table decor (i.e. they were pink) and so I added them in for a couple casual shots before rehanging them. BUT it really was a good project, and you could make a backdrop to add visual interest to your party super easily, without spending a lot of money AND doubling as some cute art for around the house too!