Thursday, August 23, 2012

Party Decor Trend - Printable Backdrop Costs

As I mentioned in my previous post, custom printable backdrops are popping up all over the place in high style parties!  In this post I will focus on how much you can expect to spend for designing and printing one for your next party!


Custom-designed backdrops (designed from scratch to meet your specs) typically start at $65 and can range to the low $100s when ordering from my shop.  Pre-made designs can be purchased for considerably less, currently in my shop for $10 to $15.  When purchasing backdrop designs, the most important thing is to make sure you have a high resolution file so that the printed product does not appear grainy.  I recommend a minimum of 300 pixels per inch at the actual size.


Printing services at stores such as Office DepotStaples, and Office Max vary by location.  For instance, in Murfreesboro, TN the maximum width they will print in store is 24".  However, Staples will outsource the printing for a hefty fee of ~$140 for a foam core mounted 36" x 36" print.

If you are lucky enough to have these stores provide large format printing in your area, you can expect to pay approximately $40 for a 36" x 36" poster on glossy paper (pricing from a New Jersey store).   This is a rolled poster and not applied to any sort of foam core.  You could save some money by purchasing your own foam core and spray adhesive and assembling it on your own.  There are also some cheaper paper options to choose from.

These stores prefer to work with pdf files uploaded to their website or emailed directly to your local store (you will have to call and ask them for the email address).

Another affordable option is to have it printed as a custom vinyl banner at an online shop such as  I have not used this online store but a client has and recommends it.  I will be doing a test print and will let you know how it turns out!  The website is not easy to navigate but if you can figure it out you will be rewarded with great savings!  A 36" x 36" vinyl poster is $15.21 + $9.95 ground shipping.
A 72" x 36" vinyl poster is $30.42 + $9.95 ground shipping.  They also print step and repeat backdrops like you see in Hollywood! You provide the image and they will take care of the step and repeat layout.

If you're in Australia:
Officeworks is highly recommended and approximate rates for a rolled up poster on bond paper are $50 for 2 meter x 1 meter and $38 for A0 Size.

Hopefully this answers some of your questions about custom backdrops and they will be less intimidating to use.  You can spend a lot of money or go the more affordable route, but either way, you are sure to make a stunning statement!

Design by Green Beansie Ink, styling by Little Big Company

Design by Green Beansie Ink, styling by The Couture Candy Buffet Company


  1. Thank you so much for sharing these sources! Great information!

  2. Definitely great advice! I'll be looking into the online source you mentioned next time I'm having a party!

  3. Hey I noticed your online source and thought I would recommend one that I know that has yet to fail me. It's called Las Vegas Printing I know it says Las Vegas, but they ship lots of places, I think they just want to seems as fun as the city they are based in haha. Anyway they print right on foam core and they work really well!

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