DIY Football Party Photo Booth Idea (Referee Stripe Backdrop + Themed Props)

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With the big game just around the corner, here is the last installment to our It’s Game Time Football Party. We’ll show you how to make our Referee Stripe Backdrop + themed props for a football party photo booth! And don’t worry, we kept it budget friendly so you can splurge on snacks, drinks and those tempting football squares. ;)

referee stripe backdrop



– Flat black sheet
– Flat white sheet
– Free standing backdrop stand (or a way to hang your backdrop)
– Iron
– Small safety pins


diy referee stripe backdrop

1. Create strands with your sheet: every 3 inches cut a slit in the fabric, then tear it the rest of the way. Once you have all of your strips, iron for a crisp look.

diy referee stripe backdrop

2. Loop each piece about 5 inches over the top bar on the backdrop stand.

diy referee stripe backdrop

3. Safety pin the fabric together to secure it over the bar. Continue this until you fill the entire backdrop stand with strips, then grab your whistles, pom poms and get ready to craft up some easy sports fan hand props!

diy referee stripe backdrop

diy referee stripe backdrop



football party photo booth


Printable Football Silhouettes
– Extra card stock (for “foam finger” silhouettes)
– Wood dowels (for helmets)
– Hot glue gun


1. Print your silhouettes on card stock, then cut out.

sports fan silhouette

2. Hot glue a strip of card stock to the back with enough room to slip your fingers through.

sports hand diy

sports fan hands and football helmet printable silhouettes






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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

26 responses to “DIY Football Party Photo Booth Idea (Referee Stripe Backdrop + Themed Props)”

  1. Lisa Frank says:

    This is very cute and the ripped edges add a fun layer of texture. But if you’re feeling lazy and have an IKEA nearby, you can buy yourself a few yards of their black and white striped fabric for the same look. It’s a nice heavy cotton, almost like canvas weight.

  2. Breanne says:

    Great info about Ikea! It’s $7.99/yd on their website. My other idea since the walls are white is to use black crepe paper strands with space between so the white wall shows.

  3. anthonywelsch says:

    What a great idea just in time for the SuperBowl! I’m suggesting some of these for a party we’re having next Sunday.

  4. The idea of the b&w stripes add a chic edge to the sporty scene!

  5. Amanda says:

    Love the Black and white design. Fun and classy! Going to give this a try, just one week until our superbowl party!

  6. Nazach Snapp says:

    Classy! I had a DIY photo booth at our Christmas brunch and it was a hit! Though I won’t be hosting a Super Bowl party, I immediately shared your idea with my friend who is. I SO hope she will do it. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Wendy says:

    Awesome idea. The striped background gives the party so much character! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Marsha Anderson Corns says:

    Love the background. I’d love to print out the hands for a football themed birthday party but I couldn’t locate them on the blog:(

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