DIY Cinderella Photo Background

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Every year for my daughter’s birthday, we have a little photo session.  Sometimes I take her out to a local park, other times just out in the backyard.  Either way, I like to put my DSLr camera to good use, and capture her at each age.  Part of the fun of these birthday photo sessions is playing into the theme of the birthday party we have chosen to celebrate that next year of life.  We’ve done butterflies, ladybugs, Minnie Mouse, Tinkerbell, FROZEN, and this year it’s Cinderella.  And, somehow the Disney princesses will make their way into her theme as well.

I can’t believe she’s turning 6!  And this is our first year with a princess themed party….not like we haven’t had other Disney themed parties.  Since she wants princesses this year, we are going for it!  I decided that this year our photo session was going to be a little different.  I set up a DIY Cinderella Photo Background and it was seriously so easy!  I found this great Cinderella vinyl tablecloth at Walmart in the party aisle.  Perfect!  What I loved was the border that was full of Cinderella carriages, clock towers, and the pretty purple and blues that are classic with Cinderella.


I hung it in the doorway of our office.  This doorway is fitted with French doors, so it’s double the width of our standard door frames.  However, you could easily hang it on any interior door.  Want to make your own DIY Cinderella Photo Background?  Here’s how:

1.  Purchase a vinyl Cinderella themed party tablecloth, along with a Birthday Princess Sash, Disney Princess Table Decorations, and a Cinderella Headband.  I found mine at WalMart.


2.  Measure the length so there are about three inches between the bottom of the tablecloth and the floor.  This way, your little princess won’t step on it.


3.  Fold over the excess and tape it in the back.  Or, if you aren’t going to be reusing the tablecloth, you could just cut the length off the bottom near the floor with scissors.


4.  Dress your princess in her favorite princess dress!  We did Cinderella, with this super cute Cinderella headband I found right with the party supplies at WalMart.  We added our favorite teddy bear in her Sleeping Beauty costume, and started snapping away.

Cinderella Photo Shoot

5.  To incorporate some of the other princesses, I had found the Disney Princess Table Decorations in the party aisle at Walmart as well.  I assembled them and taped them to the background, to give it a little extra princess fun!


6.  Start shooting your pictures!

Throwing a birthday is fun for me.  I love getting into the theme, but if I’m not careful, it gets expensive.  Thankfully we have so many Cinderella and Disney Princess goodies here at home from past birthdays and Disney trips, supplementing what we have to throw a birthday on a budget  is easy.    What is your favorite way to celebrate your child’s birthday?

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Carrie is the author and founder of A Princess and Her Pirates. She likes to share her Disney travel tips, crafts, recipes, and ways that she finds JOY everyday in her life! She believes that everyday brings new joy, and that everyone needs to have a little happiness in their life! She is the wife to a sweet pastor, and mom to three kiddos-twin boys and a princess girl. Carrie is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, where she enjoys making MAGICAL vacation memories for everyone! Contact her today at to start YOUR vacation planning!


  1. We move around a lot so we generally just do parties for our kids with family only. This year, we’re going a little more completely off the deep end for our soon to be 6 year old daughter, which is SO ridiculous because let’s be honest, they really just want some Disney Princess licensed gear and a pretty cake. 🙂 Your daughter looks so happy I Love your photo background! #client
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