Friday, February 10, 2012

Making a background for pictures taking

Here is how I made a frame to hang white fabric over to use as a background for photos... for only about $4.50! I bought three 5 foot pieces of 1/2 inch pvc pipe, 2 elbow pieces (L shaped) and 2 tee pieces (like the letter T). I found the pvc pipe at my local Menards. I cut one 3 foot piece, two 2 foot pieces, two 18 inch pieces and two 6 inch pieces. I had a three foot piece left. I did use my table saw to cut the pvc pipe, but you can use most any type of hand saw to cut it too. I don't think a carpet knife would work though, you need a serrated edge! The length of the pieces can be adjusted according to your needs. I made mine fairly big as I have some larger items.
Start by putting an elbow piece on each end of the 3 foot piece; then insert a two foot piece into the bottom of each elbow. You will now have a U shaped piece that will hold your background cloth. Next take a tee piece--locate the top of the tee (the side with 2 openings) and insert an 18 inch piece in one side and a 6 inch piece in the other side; repeat with the remaining pieces. These will be your balance supports.
Now all you have to do is insert each leg of the U piece into one of the balance supports and you are done! Doesn't get much easier than that! Quick to put together and easy to break down for storage.
I used an old chenille bedspread and cut a piece measuring 57 inches by 69 inches. I know this is much larger than the frame but you want to allow a couple of feet to hang over the back so it doesn't keep falling down. You may need to pin it if you use a light weight fabric. Of course, you could sew a pocket at the top and slide the pipe through it like a curtain. Now I need to start shooting pictures! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.


  1. This background is so nifty! Love the option of being able to break it down. Thanks for the tutorial Deb! :)

    1. You are welcome. Although I am finding I'm not liking a white background- I've opted to use other light colored fabrics.


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