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DIY Fun Photo Backdrop!

Americana® Enchanted Shimmer™

DIY Fun Photo Backdrop!
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DIY Fun Photo Backdrop!

designed by Crimson Duvall

Make these super fun crazy hardos to create your own photo backdrops with Americana® Acrylics, Enchanted™ and Galaxy Glitter™!

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Learn more about Americana® Enchanted Shimmer™.


Americana Enchanted

  • Magenta (DE06)
  • Turquoise (DE03)
  • Ultra Black Basecoat (DE07)

Americana Enchanted Shimmer

  • Blue (DES04)
  • Gold (DES02)
  • Green (DES03)
  • Violet (DES05)
  • White (DES01)

Americana® Acrylics

  • Bahama Blue (DA255)
  • Cadmium Yellow (DAO10)
  • Carousel Pink (DA274)
  • Dark Chocolate (DAO65)
  • Eucalyptus Leaf (DA387)
  • Georgia Clay (DAO17)
  • Matcha Green (DA386)
  • Mermaid Tail (DA373)
  • Snow (Titanium) White (DAO1)
  • Traditional Burnt Sienna (DA223)
  • Vivid Violet (DA232)

Americana® Decou-Page™

  • Matte Decou-Page (DS106)

DecoArt Media® Specialty Products

  • Texture Sand Paste (DMM23)

Galaxy Glitter™

  • Ultraviolet (DGG06)

Other supplies

  • scissors
  • foam core board (20" x 30" foam core board )
  • medium flat brush
  • medium round brush
  • 1 sheet white cardstock
  • exacto knife
  • •pencil


NOTES: This is a fun way to participate in a group art activity from a distance! Make your own HairDo and post online using the hashtag #hairdoityourself and check out everyone's creations. Use one 20" x 30" foam core board for each hairdo.

  1. Start with foam core board big enough to fit your hairdo design.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Print and cut out the face template provided or measure your own face and make a template.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Decide which orientation (vertical or horizontal) fits your hairdo design idea. For longer styles, place face template closer to the top of the vertically placed foam core board.
    Step 2 Example
  4. For wider styles, use foam core board horizontally and place face template in center.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Trace your face template onto boards.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Draw your hairdo idea and add a fun crown!
    Step 5 Example
  7. Choose colors and gather materials.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Paint on first hair color with Vivid Violet. Also, paint crown with Vivid Violet. Paint other strands of hair with Pineapple and Bahama Blue.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Mix 1:1 ratio of Texture Sand Paste and Vivid Violet. Paint onto crown. Let dry completely.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Using a fan brush, paint on Ultraviolet Galaxy Glitter. Allow to dry completely.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Add a small amount of Snow White each paint color used: Vivid Violet, Pineapple and Bahama Blue. Paint highlights onto hair strands. Allow to dry completely.
    Step 10 Example
  12. Paint on Gold Enchanted Shimmer to yellow color.
    Step 11 Example
  13. Next, paint on Magenta Enchanted to violet color. Last, paint Turquoise Enchanted onto blue strands. Allow to dry.
    Step 12 Example
  14. Using an exacto knife, cut out hairdo.
    Step 13 Example
  15. For the next hairdo, draw braids and add ears.
    Step 14 Example
  16. Gather Enchanted Shimmer colors: Blue, Green, Violet and Gold. Tip: Label your palette for each color to minimize confusion of Enchanted Shimmer paints.
    Step 15 Example
  17. Using a flat paint brush, paint your hairdo with Ultra black.
    Step 16 Example
  18. Paint entire hairdo with Ultra Black and allow to dry.
    Step 17 Example
  19. Paint ears and details with Gold Enchanted Shimmer.
    Step 18 Example
  20. Paint on Blue and Green Enchanted Shimmers to create colorful braids.
    Step 19 Example
  21. Next, paint Violet Enchanted Shimmer onto braids.
    Step 20 Example
  22. Paint Gold strands onto braids.
    Step 21 Example
  23. Once dry, paint Ultra Black onto braids for crisp details.
    Step 22 Example
  24. Using an exacto knife, cut out the hairdo.
    Step 23 Example
  25. Draw a curly hairdo onto board.
    Step 24 Example
  26. Gather paints for hair.
    Step 25 Example
  27. Paint on Georgia Clay Americana Acrylic paint with an oval brush.
    Step 26 Example
  28. Once dry, paint more detailed curls with Traditional Burnt Sienna Americana Acrylic.
    Step 27 Example
  29. For depth, paint Dark Chocolate Americana Acrylic into areas around curls.
    Step 28 Example
  30. Add small amount of Pineapple Americana Acrylic to Georgia Clay to create highlighted curls.
    Step 29 Example
  31. Cut leaves and flowers out of white card stock.
    Step 30 Example
  32. Using Decoart Matte Decoupage, attach leaves and flowers to hairdo. Allow to dry.
    Step 31 Example
  33. Paint Eucalyptus Leaf, Matcha Green and Mermaid Tail Americana Acrylics onto leaves.
    Step 32 Example
  34. Paint flowers with Carousel Pink, Vivid Violet, Pineapple Snow White and Bahama Blue. Once dry, brush on White Enchanted Shimmer for a shimmery finish. Lastly, cut out curly hairdo with an exacto knife.
    Step 33 Example
  35. The possibilities are endless to make hairdos for fun photo props! Use #hairdoityourself on social media to share in the fun with friends!
    Step 34 Example
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