Have you ever wondered what to do with your old backdrops? Well, here is a really cheap way to hang them as artwork or print your own piece at our great prices.
For this project we had a large empty wall on the way up the stairs. We printed a 5′ x 8′ banner and mounted it to a cost effective (read cheap) frame. The total cost to build the frame was less than $30.
So, let’s get started!
The first step was printing the banner. If you’d like to print your own, you can check out our pricing here. Or you can use any old backdrop you have laying around that you no longer use.
The frame consists of five (5) 2″ x 1″ x 8′ primed MDF trim. You could use pine, but MDF is cheap and perfectly straight.
Use four (4) corner braces and two (2) T-braces with 3/4″ screws to lock it in place. Use a builders square in each corner to keep it somewhat square. This is about as flimsy as you can make it and still have it look good. The addition of corner braces would make your frame much stronger, but this suited our needs.
Close up shots of the corners.
The frame was laid on top of the printed piece and stapled all around, best to staple the 4 corners first to make sure you have equal spacing all around. You want to pull the backdrop fairly tight, but not so tight that you bend the boards.
At the corners you want to eliminate some of the material so that the corners fold over nicely.
Here is the finished product.It’s now been on the wall for 6 months.
Quick Tip: Taking a hair dryer to the image got it to lay pretty smooth.
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