DIY Press Wall Ideas for a Budget-Friendly Design


When you’re planning a big event, you want to make it as memorable and unique as possible.

But when you’re trying to do it on a budget, big questions come up that need to be answered from the beginning.

What parts of my event planning do I want to do myself?
And which ones do I want to have done for me?

And which ones do I want to have done for me?

If you want to incorporate a press or media wall into your event, knowing the pros and cons of both options is a good place to start.

Key Takeaway
  • DIY press walls are a cost-effective means to make a memorable impact at events.
  • Knowing the steps to create impressive press walls will help you decide if this is a project for you.
  • You will want to weigh the pros and cons of a DIY press wall project versus designing a professional one.

Press and media walls have quickly become a favorite at all sorts of events—from wedding and family reunion backdrops to Step and Repeat banner displays at red carpet functions and high-level corporate events.

A stylish media wall can promote sponsors, serve as a marketing tool, or just give guests a fun place to take some stylish social media photos.

But whatever you are hoping to achieve with your media wall design, you’ll want to decide if making one yourself is the best approach, or if it’s better to invest the extra money and have one made professionally.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of both.

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The Crafting of a Perfect Backdrop

In the dynamic world of event planning, a well-crafted backdrop is often one of the first items on an event planner’s list.

These dynamic press or media walls can be a true focal point for attendees and guests, since these banners often contain details about the event, share insights into the sponsors, or simply serve as a great way to commemorate the event by using them as photo backdrops. Additionally, these backdrops provide a perfect opportunity for guests to take selfie with event press walls, capturing memories and sharing their experiences on social media.

In some circles, these types of backdrops are known as press walls or media walls, since they make for a great place for photos to be taken that will later appear in social media posts or magazines or newspapers.

They are also referred to as step and repeat walls, as the guests are often asked to “step” in front of them and then move on, making way for the photographer to be able to “repeat” the photo with the next guest in line.


But regardless of what you choose to call it, these backdrops can create a true aesthetic appeal that can set a certain tone for your event and engage your guests in some fun and festive ways.

The Designing of Your Backdrop: Go it Alone or Hire Help?

Crafting the perfect media wall backdrop involves strategic design decisions.

Some event organizers love the creative (and cost-effective) appeal of designing a backdrop media wall all on their own.

These highly creative and budget-friendly types can choose to purchase blank canvases, (often available in local or online craft stores) and come up with their own artwork and graphics that they place on the banners themselves.

On the other hand, those who are not sure about their artistic skills or just want to make sure their media wall looks as professional as possible will reach out to a signage company for help. Sometimes they will still design their own artwork and just want it printed professionally. Other times, these event planners want help in every aspect, from the artwork design to the finished product.


Which approach you decide to take is up to several factors…each that are going to be unique to you, your budget, and the vision you have for the overall event.

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Crafting Your Backdrop on a Budget vs. the Professional Approach…Which is Right For You?

When it comes to crafting a backdrop, event planners often face the dilemma of choosing between a budget-friendly DIY approach and the professional touch offered by signage companies.

Knowing which is right for you will mean looking at a few factors that will each have different influences on the final decision you make as to whether you want to try and DIY your event backdrop wall or leave it up to the professionals to craft it for you.


1. What’s your budget? For those with financial constraints, creating a DIY backdrop can be an appealing option.

Even if your budget isn’t super tight, you may decide that you’d rather spend your financial resources elsewhere.

Depending on the type of event and what other expenses you have, a DIY medical wall backdrop may be a good option for you. That said, make sure you price out what the materials are going to cost…it may be less budget-friendly than you think.


2. Creativity: DIY backdrops provide many event planners with a great opportunity to practice and highlight their creativity!

If you are someone who is highly artistic or has a real knack for graphic art and/or design, creating a customized backdrop with your own mixed media may be a perfect way to show off your skills and create a backdrop that cannot be replicated.

On the other hand, if being artistic isn’t one of your strong suits, you may opt to leave the creativity up to a reputable signage company’s design team to make your vision into a reality.


3. Timeline: DIY projects can require some real time and effort. Part of the beauty of a DIY background banner will be the fact that it has been made by hand. The time and effort put into it will not go unnoticed by your attendees and guests, but it can leave you exhausted and no longer in the party planning mood.


Event planners should consider their timeline and the complexity of the backdrop design.

And, thanks to improved technology and artist software and accessories, many professionally produced media wall ideas can end up looking just as stunning and special as one that is made by hand, saving you tons of time and reducing your stress at the same time.

Not only that? If you want to get creative, consider making smaller versions of the media wall by hand (or through photographs) and giving guests something to take home and hang in their living rooms…a way to memorialize your event and keep it stress-free at the same time.

4. Overall Ambiance of the Event: The choice between a DIY or professional backdrop may end up depending on the desired ambiance you are trying to create.

DIY projects can offer a personal touch, but professional backdrops ensure a polished and sophisticated look, elevating the overall event experience.

Your media wall idea should match the energy of the event. If this is a casual baby shower brunch for family and friends, a made-by-hand banner backdrop may be perfect to set the tone of the event.


But if this is a corporate red-carpet event, you may want to send your media wall design to a professional. A step-and-repeat wall that gives off a polished air of sophistication may be better for capturing photographs of your sponsors and important guests.

While a DIY backdrop can be a cost-effective solution, it may not always provide the level of finesse and impact achieved by a professionally crafted one.

No matter what your event is, there is a way to incorporate a press wall or step-and-repeat banner into it.

But choosing whether to do-it-yourself or bring in the professionals will depend on the above factors and your personal needs.

Don’t Want to DIY? Give Easy Signs a Try!

As you embark on your event planning journey, balancing the desire for a captivating backdrop with the constraints of time, budget, and creativity is key.

While the DIY approach offers a hands-on experience and cost savings, it may not suit every event planner’s needs.

If the prospect of creating a backdrop from scratch seems overwhelming or if you’re envisioning a professional touch that resonates with your event’s significance, Easy Signs is here to help.

At Easy Signs, we specialize in turning visions into reality, offering beautiful and budget-friendly professional signage and banners tailored to your unique requirements.


Our skilled designers and high-quality materials ensure that your backdrop not only meets but exceeds your expectations.

We invite you to explore your creativity and share your background banner ideas with us.

Whether you’re considering a DIY endeavor or seeking professional assistance, Easy Signs is your reliable partner in transforming ideas into visually stunning backdrops.

Reach out to us today, and let’s collaborate to make your next event truly unforgettable.

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