• Painters Pole from Harbor Freight - $8 a piece.
  • Plunger from the dollar store - $1 a piece
  • 10'x21' muslin from Joann Fabric's - $25
    Three boxes of dark green RIT dye - $1.50 a piece.
  • 10' PVC pipe from Lowes - $2
  • Vice Grip - Photofarrell
  • Short Swivel Tee from Harbor Freight - $4 a piece
  • Vise grip. The poles I bought the locking mechanism was broken, this is how I fixed that problem.

DIY muslin back drop

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Muslin - $25
Painter poles - $16
PVC 10' - $2
Plungers - $2
Short Swivel Tee - $8
Dye - $5
Total about $50

I already had the vice grips

Here is the plan that got me started. I didn't like it though, I just kinda pulled it apart and dyed it. I used the large tub I keep all my equipment in to hold the dye. I used about eight to ten gallons of water plus the salt and dye. I left it in the dye for about 10 minutes. Pulled it out and put it in the washer to rinse it. I dried it after that to set the dye in. Set the stand up and Viola! Not to shabby if I may say so myself.

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  1. kristiswiftphoto 90 months ago | reply

    You're one creative sort of guy!

  2. Photofarrell 90 months ago | reply

    what was the total cost? Great idea for diy backdrop and stand.

  3. Pathfindar 90 months ago | reply

    Muslin - $25
    Painter poles - $16
    PVC 10' - $2
    Plungers - $2
    Short Swivel Tee - $8
    Dye - $5

    Taking family portraits- priceless :-)

    Nice job on that.

  4. Howling at the Moon Photography 90 months ago | reply

    Looks great!!! Pony clamps are great to use to clamp the muslin also!

  5. certified su 90 months ago | reply

    You are looking great for 10 weeks pregnant. Congratulations Whiskey!

  6. wahoo-yahoo 90 months ago | reply

    Are you going pro? You must be spending all that loot.

  7. Big Whiskey 90 months ago | reply

    I wouldn't say I am going pro. But I am going to let the guys I work with know that I can take family portraits and what not. So I needed to make something that looked nice as a backdrop. This was the cheapest route.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  8. udijw 90 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called DIYPhotography, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    http://www.diyphotography.net/homestudio/chaep-diy-muslin-photography-background?page=1 (?)

  9. East Mountain Imaging 90 months ago | reply

    I don't understand what the vice grips do? What do they attach to? Do they hold the plungers onto the painters poles or what?

  10. Redfishingboat (Mick O) 79 months ago | reply

    great work! looks awesome!

    [discovered in the photophlow main room] (?)

  11. alexmcvicar 73 months ago | reply

    how dos thewhole thing stand upright..that is my issue , i got some painter poles and some paint bucket hooks and they are currently on a cloths rack

  12. CanIshootYouToday [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

    Good idea, i thought about hanging it through a chain link in the garage.. but I gave in and ordered one from ebay .. :)

  13. DeVera Concepts 47 months ago | reply

    Great job on the muslin, keep it up!

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