Pretty cute, huh?
It took the four of us all day to get the back panels hung! Luckily and somehow magically we had a day where 5 out of 6 grade levels were on a field trip. Don't know how that happened but it was perfect for getting this project done. Needless to say this is one of those once in a lifetime kind of things, so taking this much time for a backdrop again wasn't going to be an option.
The other big problem for me was waste. I tried saving the backdrop but it honestly just got in the way and I needed my closet to store other items. So, unfortunately all that paper and hard work ended up in the trash.
After racking our brains trying to come up with a better solution, Mrs. M, my art teacher buddy came up with a brilliant and reusable idea. You can purchase large pieces of foam board from art supply stores. We found ours through Sam Flax. We purchased 8 pieces of 48" X 96" white foam board. From what I can remember the boards cost around $90.00 total.
These are from our performance of Skippyjon Jones!
Mrs. M's art club kiddos created these backdrops during their after school meetings!
These even fit on top of FlipForm's to create an extra performance area (other room) off stage.
We had difficulty getting these boxes to stay standing up. The two pieces are connected at the center with some plastic clamps from Home Depot and then we placed a couple of music stands behind to keep them from tipping over.
Another more economical solution that will get the same effect are large boxes; like refrigerator boxes. A few years ago I went to a local appliance chain and asked them to save me a few boxes to use. We turned some of them into a backdrop by painting them and others into large scale props by cutting out shapes and painting them.
What are some of the ways you keep backdrops simple and cheap?