Good morning! I have had a number of readers ask me how I made the storybook backdrop from our Winnie the Pooh party last June. I have finally made a tutorial complete with a free template!
This storybook backdrop is easily customizable for any event, which is why I love it! I made it for our joint birthday/Baptism party and used each page to highlight one of our kids. The book pages are based on those found in our classic Adventures of Winnie the Pooh storybook but would work well for any storybook-themed party. I painted Winnie the Pooh images in the blank spots and it was the perfect backdrop for our food table. This would be great for a birthday party or baby shower and could work well for twins. This could even be a sweet backdrop for a wedding event with the addition of “Once upon a time” and “Happily Ever After”. It would be a neat way to incorporate a couple’s story at a party. One of my favorite things about this backdrop is it makes a wonderful keepsake after the event! Below is the tutorial along with two templates to download – a .jpeg and an editable Photoshop file.
Supplies Needed for Storybook Backdrop
- Free printable template – Storybook Backdrop blank
- Free printable template – Storybook Backdrop sample
- Free editable template – Storybook Backdrop Photoshop PDF file
- Printer to print template
- Two sheets of white poster board or watercolor paper
- Colored construction paper for book
- Lightbox (optional)
- Sharpie or black felt tip pen
- Stickers, watercolors, scrapbook paper, colored pencils for drawings – see Step — for more detail
- Foam core or cardboard to attach pages to
STEP 1: Create your story! Download the free printable template found under “Supplies Needed”. There are three different file types. The first is a Photoshop PDF file that is all ready to be edited with your personal story. If you do not have Photoshop, you can use one of the jpeg files. The first .jpeg file is a blank copy of the storybook pages with a line guide. You can print it out and use it to write your own story by hand. The second .jpeg file is my sample page.
STEP 2: Print the storybook pages. The storybook pages should measure 24″ tall by 36″ wide. If you are using the Photoshop PDF file, go to image size and set the height to 25″.
You can print these two different ways – from your home computer in sections or from a printing store, like Office Depot, as a 25″x36″ poster for about $20.
I printed mine from my home computer. To do this, you will need to print the large image in smaller sections. Make sure your image is set to 100% scale and is the correct measurements and then starting with the top left corner, print the image in small sections. Each time you go to print, move the view over so you are printing a new section of the image. I overlap my sections so I make sure I won’t be missing anything. You will be taping these smaller sections together to recreate your image. When I printed mine, I printed 15 pages. I was able to do this in Photoshop but am not sure if you can print this way in other programs. If you are using the blank pages, you may have better luck printing it off at a store.
If you have printed the pages out on your home computer, your next step is to tape the pages together to create your storybook template. You will be using this to trace from. Trim the blank white page borders so you can overlap your pages.
When I was taping my pages together, I had a few sections at the very end that did not line up perfectly. As long as you don’t have too many places like this you will be fine. You are using this as a guide and can correct these little spots as you are tracing. This is what my finished template looked like.
STEP 3: Trace your storybook pages onto your nice paper. For the Winnie the Pooh pages I made last year, I used watercolor paper. For these jungle pages, I used two sheets of white poster board. I used a light box to trace my pages and used a black felt tip pen. You can easily use a window like in the second picture and you can start out tracing in pencil if that is more comfortable for you.
I chose to print my pages out with my home computer and piece them together. You can do this or you can print it at a local printing store. If you print it as a poster at a store you don’t need to piece sections together and you also have the option of using the printed poster as is and skipping the process of piecing things together.
STEP 4: Add the illustrations to the pages. You can do this so many different ways! You can paint or draw them like I did for the Winnie the Pooh pages. For these jungle pages I used stickers and drew around them. You could also use actual pictures of your children or cut out pictures and characters from scrapbook paper!
STEP 5: Add more “pages” to the sides of your storybook pages to give the illusion of a book. I cut strips of paper that measured 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″ for each side of the book. I taped them underneath the pages and trimmed them down so each one I added was shorter than the one before it.
With a pencil and ruler, draw straight lines.
STEP 6: Finally attach your pages to colored paper. I followed the template image to help me place my storybook pages on the colored paper.
STEP 7: Attach the pages to a piece of foam core or cardboard. This will give the pages some sturdiness so they won’t flop over when displayed. I overlapped my pages slightly at the center.
The storybook pages are all finished!! However you decide to put these pages together, they are sure to make a great display at your party and make a memorable keepsake!