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DIY PVC photo background stand

Did you catch my round up of DIY Photo backgrounds? Today I'm sharing how I've been taking some of my photos for a couple of years. My sweet hubby put this PVC backdrop stand together for me. We loosely based it on this tutorial, but adapted it for a tabletop stand, since most of my blog projects are smaller and will fit in front of a smaller backdrop.

This is the assembled stand. I put a piece of foam board in the back to hide my junk, but then I decided I'd let you see it so below is just the stand. (and my unorganized junk in the background.)

To make your own you will need:

1/2 inch PVC schedule 40
a cutting tool
2 tees
4 end caps
2 90 degree elbows

Cut your PVC as follows:3- 25 inch pieces, 4- 6 inch pieces, and 2- 14 inches pieces.

The four 6-in pieces make the base by connecting to the tees and are capped off with end caps. One of the 25 inch pieces makes the top and the two 14-in pieces make the sides. The elbows connect them.
This is the set up with the 14 inch sides. If I want it taller, I remove them and replace them with the other two 25-in pieces.

Clamp posterboard or fabric to the frame and you're ready to go. I purchased a cheap pack of colored poster board from the Dollar Tree and can throw it away when it gets bent.

Just for fun, here's my 50mm lens shot on a poster board background.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be sharing here:


  1. Thank you for this! I am a new blogger and am in desperate need of photo help :) I know where Im sending the hubby this weekend...great post!!

  2. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing:)

  3. Your tutorial seems easier than some of the others I have seen. I will get this done one day.

    Thanks for sharing. Pinning it!

  4. Such a great explanation of how to do this. I have been wanting to make one and I'm finally going to do it. Thanks so much for sharing at this week's Project Inspire{d}! Pinned.


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