How to make a step and repeat backdrop

How to make a step and repeat backdrop

The step and repeat backdrop is a business logo or business name placed into a pattern on a wall setting. They are commonly used at red carpet events, press conferences and other promotional events. Sometimes only one logo or name is used and other times the logo and business name are placed alternating in a checkerboard pattern.

People use the step and repeat backdrop for photo opportunities like at weddings or other memorable parties. Businesses use them to advertise at elite events while photos are being taken or cameras are filming.

To make your own step and repeat backdrop, follow the steps below.

You will need these items:

  • A Large Roll of Paper or 2 White Panels of no less than 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall.
  • Spray Adhesive
  • A Roller or Drinking Glass
  • Trash Bags
  • Exact-o Knife
  • White Fabric Tape or Masking Tape
  • Hook and Loop Tape or Tacks

1. To design the backdrop, choose your logo and/or business name to use as stencil. You also need to decide if you want it all one color, some color, or full color. Be sure the size of the name/logo used is about 15 inches wide and 9 inches tall for visibility.

2. Take your 2 white panels and using the fabric tape, tape the panels together, edge-to-edge. For the purpose of a professional looking backdrop, they need to align perfectly. If you are using a large roll of paper, use the exact-o knife to cut the 4-6 feet wide and 6 feet high panels. Also, you can use masking tape to tape the panels together.

3. Print the stencil on 11×17 inch paper. If you are unable to do this at home, you can go to a professional printer/copy type business to have them printed. Print 50 copies.

4. Using the spray adhesive, spray the top 15 inches of the white side of the panels. Then take one printed stencil copy and neatly align it to the top corner of the panel. The stencil designs to be glued first in each row should be closer toward the left edge of the panel. You may have to cut the left side of the copy for better placement.

5. Smooth the stencil over with a roller or short drinking glass. Keep gluing pages of the stencil across the top of the panels until you reach the end of the second panel. Cover the top row of stencils with the trash bag so the spray does not glue over them. Next, spray and glue the second row of stencil copies.

To use a second stencil design, you will need to alternate the stencils.
If you start with Stencil “A”, then to the right should be Stencil “B”, then back
to Stencil “A” and so on.

6. Alternate stencils as you continue in the proceeding rows. Use exact spacing measurements when gluing. Continue until you have covered both panels top to bottom. On the back of the panels, place the hook and loop tape to hang them on the wall.

Now, if it sounds too complicated, we recommend getting a professional step and repeat company such as Red Carpet Systems to make it for you. It might cost more but it will take less time and it will look like what Hollywood pros are using.