By now I hope you have seen my other ideas for hosting a superhero party. I will provide links at the end of this post just in case you haven’t seen these yet. They should help you in all of your superhero pursuits. The next post I bring you in my superhero party tutorials contains my ideas about how to create a superhero backdrop.
The superhero food table is what I will show you first. The components are the hanging background and tablecloth. I can tell you that my sewing skills are really basic. I am self-taught and often just make things up as I go along. I also look up directions for things I don’t know how to do. My point is, even with just elementary skills you can create this look. The table cloth was made for a standard 6 foot, plastic, folding buffet table. The wall hanging was 88 inches long.
How much fabric do you need? I needed the same amount of fabric for the blue and red. The table cloth rectangle (for blue and red) was 34.5″L x 51″H. This accounts for the overhang. The wall section (for blue and red) was 32″L x 60″H, which accounts for it being a bit longer than the table on either side. The black cloth was a different size than the other because I didn’t have to account for the overhang on either side. I did add an inch for seam allowance. Therefore, the black for the tablecloth was 25″L x 50″H. The black cloth for the Wall was 25″L x 60″H. I’m not that familiar with fabric, so I just went into the fabric store and said I wanted the most inexpensive fabric for a tablecloth. I’m sure your store can point you in the right direction and help you figure out yardage based on the dimensions I’m providing today.
Here are the drawings of the dimensions (not drawn to scale). I am sorry for the chicken scratch-type drawings that might make no sense to you. It was just me trying to figure everything out, and I thought it might be helpful for you if you decide to create this backdrop.
Once I had the fabric all cut, I sewed the pieces together where the colors would meet. Where the seams join can look really wrinkled and pull weird. The best way to handle this is to flip the fabric over, open the seam so that the seam color folds over onto its own color and iron down the center. You’ll have a nice flat finish.
I then double folded (I believe it was a 1/4″ seam allowance…I don’t know what is typical) around the outer edge of the entire tablecloth or wall hanging and sewed the edge. I ironed the whole piece so it would lay flat.
The final step was to add the ribbon. I lined up the ribbon, pinned it in place and then just did one stitch down the center with black thread. It looked fine, but I probably would have liked it better if I had done two stitches down the outer side of the ribbon.
There you have the final product. The wall and table cloth will look the same but be different dimensions, as indicated above.
The next part of creating the backdrop included using a projector that my husband borrowed from his office. You can do your best to draw it or have a printing company print things out in large format to your desired size. I projected the image of the spiderman, batman symbol and superman symbol to the correct size. For the spiderman, I used Sharpie to mark the lines of the spider web.
Then, I used yarn and fabric glue to attach the web to the guidelines i had drawn.
My husband and I actually worked together to make this happen. I’m sure he thinks my ideas are a little crazy, but he is a wonderfully supportive man who comes alongside to help make my big ideas come to reality.
Here’s the final look of the web. Again, if you don’t have a projector, you can make a spiderweb by cutting out yarn of the same length and then make a pizza shape by criss-crossing right in the center. Use u-shaped curves starting out the center and working out to the final circle edge.
I projected the spider image onto black felt and traced it with white chalk. I then cut it out and used fabric glue to glue it to the center of the web. I repeated the process of projection, cutting out and gluing down for the Spiderman and Batman symbols as well.
Here’s the final look once everything is glued down. It created a great backdrop for our Spiderman party.
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The other backdrop I created was a lot less involved than the first. In fact, it’s really easy and doesn’t cost very much. I bought foam rectangles at Michael’s craft store. These were $0.99 each, I believe. You can find these on Amazon too for even cheaper. I also used black felt, but you could easily use foam as well. That would be probably be better.
I bought foam rectangles at Michael’s craft store. These were $0.99 each, I believe You can find these on Amazon too for even cheaper. I used black felt for the windows, but you could easily use foam as well. It would be probably better that way, but I do like how the thinner felt fit well as shadows behind the other colorful buildings.
The next step is to just cut out the shapes of your buildings from the foam.
I just made up the shapes and silhouettes based on other images I saw as I searched for superhero cityscape on Google images.
I made a variety of building shapes in the blue, yellow and red colors.
The final step was to cut out all of the felt fabric windows to glue down to the foam with fabric glue. I also cut out black rectangles to create the shadows of other buildings behind the colorful ones. I hung these all on the wall with painter’s tape.
This backdrop became the background for our eating table, but you could easily use this behind your own food table too. I hope you have found this helpful – whether you are going to go the more involved route or the easy as pie route (I never early understood that term…is pie that easy to make?).
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If you still have the table backdrop from the superhero party would you be willing to sell it? I love it but don’t have time to make it…thanks so much for your time!
Sorry I haven’t gotten back to you. I was thinking about whether I wanted to do that. I don’t think I want to part with it yet. I have a couple friends that I think want to use it. I wonder if it wouldn’t be too expensive to hire someone to make it. Good luck! Sorry!
Wow, this is AWESOME! and just saved me so much money! The whole set up, you are awesome!
For the Superman and Batman did you use a different fabric or felt for it?
Thanks for sharing all the tips and printables!
Hello! I’m so glad this has been helpful for you. I used fabric for the background colors, but I used felt for the symbols. I hope that helps. Have fun with it!
Such a cool idea! Wondering if it would work the same if I used hot glue instead?
I have tried to use hot glue, and while it sticks everything well, it tends to bleed through the fabric and dry more bumpy. I’d definitely recommend fabric glue.
I wish I’d had you hosting my birthday parties when I was growing up, lol! I’m loving all your party ideas. I’m wondering if this one might be done even easier with craft foam? Either way, AWESOME idea!
Thanks so much. We had a lot of fun doing it. It may have been easier with craft foam. Does it come that large? That would be my biggest question. I have another party coming up in April, and so I get to start brainstorming of more ideas for the theme my daughter chose. Stay tuned. 😉
Hi. Was wondering if you changed your mind and decided to part with the tablecloth and or the backdrop? Please let me know. I love all your ideas. Wishe you had Wonder Woman on there.
I’ve e-mailed you. 🙂
I emailed back?
Hi Keanna – any chance I could buy it off you? Its for a fundraising event for kids and it would save me so much time! 🙂
I already sold it. I’m sorry.
Now that you are finished with it Maneeja would you be willing to sell it?
Not sure if you ever head back. Best of luck!
I am so happy I found your blog! Planning a superhero party for my son and all of your ideas are fantastic! I wish my son liked Superman so I could use ALL of your ideas. Just wanted to say thank you.
Thank you so much for commenting. It really makes me happy to know I’m helping people. I hope you have a fabulous party, and I’m glad I could be a part of it!
OMG! I love this idea ?? any chance your selling the backdrop at all because o would love to buy it as I’m running out of time to make it ? please and thank-you
I already sold it to another reader. I’m sorry!!
Hey! I loved your foam and felt backdrop. We are doing my sons party at a fire museum but he wants to dress up as a cop! So thinking of doing a “city heroes” party!
Foam backdrop for buildings would be a great!
Did you join 2 rectangles for creating that tall building effect?
Thanks so much. Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. It’s been a busy month. Yes, that’s exactly what I did. I hope it turned out great for you!
Great tutorials. I am featuring the city backdrop in s superhero party roundup if you don’t mind.
my boy will be make 4 years by 17 November 2019 i like to know where i can buy Spider man things
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