Easy Dessert Table Backdrop
I get a lot of questions around dessert table backdrops – many people want to know what to use and how to create one. There are literally as many possibilities as you can dream up in your head, but I wanted to show a really easy DIY version that is also quite easy on the budget.
By the way, if you’ve never used a backdrop on a party table, they really are a great way to take the look up a notch. Not only do they tie in the color scheme and theme of the party, they have a utilitarian purpose of hiding any imperfections.
What You Will Need to Make this Backdrop
- 2′ X 4′ sheet of primed in white masonite
- Tester pots of latex paint
- Small foam rollers and tray
- FrogTape painter’s tape
One of the best things about this project is that everything is readily available at any local hardware store and it is all very cost effective. For instance, a sheet of masonite this size will usually run about $4 – and it can be used again and again.
Having tried literally every tape on the market, I honestly would not recommend you using anything but FrogTape painter’s tape. I despise seeing paint bleed under the tape. It looks so messy and is a huge pet peeve of mine. I won’t even get into the process I made Mike take four years ago to ensure that the stripes in Sam’s nursery had sharp lines. Let’s just say it involved several stages and painting over the tape to seal it, then painting the stripes in. We both said when we were doing this project that we wish we had had the FrogTape back then.
What makes FrogTape different is that it is the only tape that is treated with paint block technology. It’s a super absorbent polymer that reacts with the water in latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape. This helps prevent the paint from bleeding and it is amazing. (The photo below hasn’t been retouched. The tape really is that awesome.)
To find a store near you, visit the FrogTape® website. Find them on Twitter @FrogTape — make sure to follow them so you can get lots of inspiration.
How to Create this Backdrop
This really is a case of a project being so easy and looking amazing. We are actually going to be hanging it in our foyer lengthwise because it looks so good. I’ll be sure to take a photo.
Essentially, all you need to do is lay down the tap on the primed side of the masonite. To create larger white stripes, we overlapped rows of FrogTape. You then paint the parts that are uncovered with your selected paint. Make sure it is latex or the FrogTape will not work and your paint will bleed. Then let the paint dry (we let it sit overnight) and remove the pain. Presto perfect stripes with perfect sharp edges.
And here’s the end result with a few props in front of the backdrop to show you the look:
Have you created your own backdrop for a dessert table? What did you use?
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