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Hi Friends! Our gigantic Nintendo Switch party backdrop quickly became the hero of Easton’s Super Mario Birthday Party. Easton always says he wishes he could be in his favorite video games so I had the idea to make this giant Switch so he could pretend he was playing inside his games. This DIY was really quite easy to assemble. Below are the step-by-step instructions if you’d like to make one too!
To make this DIY you will need 4 white foam boards, red and blue spray paint, black fabric, black poster board, a video game backdrop, and a photography backdrop frame.
Step 1: Start by taping together two white foam boards.
Step 2: Then trim a two inch strip off of the top of the board.
Step 3: Next, cut a curved edge off of the top left of the board.
Step 4: Using the curve you just cut in Step 3, flip it over and use it as a guide to cut a matching curve off of the bottom left of the board. Then repeat these same steps with the second board. Only this time, be sure to cut the curved edges off of the right side.
Step 5: Now it’s time to paint the boards! The white foam board for the left side of the Nintendo Switch will be blue. The board for the right side will be painted red. Spray paint these boards and allow them to dry completely.
Step 6: Cut a piece of black fabric and glue it to the edge of the blue Switch controller. You can also use black poster board for this step if you prefer.
Step 7: Cut all of the buttons out of black poster board and attach them to the blue controller.
Step 8: Cut a second piece of black fabric and glue it to the edge of the red Switch controller. You can also use black poster board for this step if you prefer.
Step 9: Cut all of the buttons out of black poster board and attach them to the red controller.
Step 10: Using the same black fabric from steps 6 and 8, cut even strips and pin it to the video game fabric backdrop with safety pins. Then, hang the fabric backdrop to a photography backdrop frame. Next tape a cord to the back of the red and blue controllers and tie them to the photography backdrop frame. Now your DIY Nintendo Switch party backdrop is done!
To add to the look, I also cut clouds out of white foam board and added eyes to yellow mylar star balloons. I attached them to the top of the photography frame as well. I also made DIY Piranha Plants out of red paper plate chargers, white paper dots, green pool noodles and green felt. They were easy to assemble and really made a big impact!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you make this DIY Nintendo Switch party backdrop I’d love to see it! Please follow along on Instagram and tag me. I love connecting with all of you!
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This is exactly what I would love to do for my baby boy
But I’m not as crafty as you are .
The customs are awesome
Good job mama
Thank you so much for your message and kind words! I really appreciate it! The backdrop was really not that hard to make. I hope it helps to serve as an idea and inspiration for your son’s birthday. Thanks again!
This is adorable and I’d love to attempt, but maybe someone is selling theirs instead LOL! The step 10 wit the cord and attaching is a bit confusing, is the black fabric glued to the foam board? How did you attach the balloons so they didn’t pop or fly around?
Thanks so much for your message! I’m so happy you like the DIY Nintendo Switch backdrop. It really is very easy to make. In step 10 I just used duct tape and attached cord to the back of the foam board of the red and blue controllers. Then, with the cord, I tied the controllers to the legs of the photography backdrop. I pinned the black fabric (with safety pins) along the top and bottom of the video game fabric backdrop. I didn’t glue the controllers to the fabric.
Please let me know if you have any other questions. I’m happy to help!
Super cute & thinking about attempting! What size foam boards do you suggest though?
Thanks so much for your message! I’m so happy you’re thinking about making the Nintendo Switch! 🙂 I used 2 foam boards for each side. I bought the foam board from Dollar Tree. I believe each board was 20×30 inches. I hope this helps!
I really love this idea! My tween boys would love this backdrop for their birthday parties!
Thank you so much for your message! I hope you can use the DIY and ideas for your boys’ birthday parties!
Have a great day! Thanks again,
This is amazing! And the inflatable costume is the best!
Thank you so much for your sweet words! I hope you can use the ideas and inspiration!
Have a great day!
Irene Camacho says
This is awesome, I started one for my son’s birthday. What sizes are the buttons?
I can’t wait to complete this for him.
Thanks so much for your message and kind words! I really appreciate it! I’m so happy to are making this DIY Nintendo Switch backdrop for your son’s birthday. The smaller buttons are roughly 4.5 inches in diameter and the big button is roughly 9 inches in diameter. I hope this helps.
Thanks again for your message!
What color spray paint are those?
Thanks so much for your message! I used Rust-oleum spray paint in Apple Red and Seaside (*affiliate links) to make the Nintendo Switch controllers. I hope this helps!
Have a great day!
My son is obsessed with his switch and the mario franchise, he would love this! What size backdrop did you use? A 5×7?
Thanks so much for your message! My boys love Mario and their switch too! 🙂 The backdrop is 7 foot x 5 foot. You can see a link to it HERE (*affiliate). I hope this helps. Thanks again for reaching out to me!
Have a great day,
This is an amazing project. I’m going to attempt to make it for my son’s birthday party. Quick question, if the boards are 30” tall (5 feet) and the photo backdrop is 5 feet, just curious why you trimmed 2 inches off the board?
Thanks so much for your message and kind words! I’m so happy to hear you’re going to make the backdrop for your son’s birthday. I trimmed the boards by two inches because I lost an inch on the top and bottom of the backdrop when I folded and pinned the black trim on it. You wouldn’t have to trim the boards if you don’t fold the edges of the photo backdrop. Either way it will look great! I hope your son loves it! 🙂
Hi! This is amazing, thank you so much for the detailed tutorial. I didn’t see if you mentioned how you made the question mark and brick boxes? I’ve searched everywhere for square boxes and haven’t had much luck! Thanks so much!
Thank you so much for your message! Yes, I have a separate post about the coin box punch boxes. You can see it here: https://www.justaddconfetti.com/diy-craft-tutorial/super-mario-coin-box-punch-boxes/
Thanks so much!
Kim Vega says
When you taped the foam boards together did you tape both sides. Amazing work and great idea!
Thanks so much for your message and kind words!
When I taped the boards, I only taped one side but I put pieces of tape both horizontally and vertically. I think this helped to make it a bit more sturdy.