If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m working on a budget-friendly neon party right now. I always love working with a tight budget because it pushes my creativity. This week, I’ll be teaching you how to make these projects yourself. First up is a $22 party backdrop. I made this with neon colors, but you could choose any colors that work for your party.
Let’s start with a sketch of the dessert table. This focuses just on the decoration of the table. You can see the backdrop indicated with the three panels and the the note “neon duct tape.” (I can’t ever figure out if it’s “duck” or “duct” tape.) We are making that backdrop.
- Duck tape (I used five neon rolls; these are $3.50 each.)
- 3 foam boards (20″ x 30″; these are about $1.50 each.)
- Retractable razor knife (a box cutter)
This is what the back of the foam board looks like. You can find it in the school supplies section of WalMart.
1 – Decide on the order of your tape colors. I choose yellow, pink, green, orange, blue to maximize contrast between the colors.
2 – You’re going to make three boards, each with the tape running in a different direction. One going vertically, one going diagonally, and one going horizontally. The technique is the same for each board.
5 – At each end of the board, leave about 1″ of tape. When you cut the tape, do not use scissors. The sticky side of the tape will gum up your scissors. Instead, use a retractable razor knife. Just handle it very carefully. My husband says to tell you that a nurse once told him these knives are the number one cause of hand injuries seen in ERs. You’ve been warned. All you do is slice the non-sticky side of the tape. You don’t have to slice all the way through because the tape will pull apart easily where you have scored it.
6 – Then you just fold the tape over the side of the board, like this.