How to Make a Starry Night Backdrop on a Stage

By Melissa King , last updated March 13, 2012
In theater, the backdrop on the stage sets the mood for each scene in a play. The right backdrop transforms the stage into a Western movie, fantasy land or even another planet. A backdrop covered in sparkly, glittering stars evokes feelings of romance and adventure, and it works well for almost any nighttime scene. Customize your starry night background by painting the sky and applying stars of different colors and sizes.
  1. Cut a sheet of thick paper, fabric or lightweight muslin to fit your stage's overhead suspension apparatus. The standard length for stage backdrops varies depending on your stage, but is usually 8 to 12 feet long. Lay the material out on a flat surface.
  2. Paint the backdrop material dark blue or black using acrylic paints. Create a realistic look by using various shades of black and blue. For example, paint the top of the material black. Paint a line of dark blue under the black, blending the colors together slightly. Continue this blending process, using lighter shades of blue as you work your way down.
  3. Cut stars of varying sizes out of material such as white, silver or gold poster board or corrugated cardboard. If you cannot find colored poster board or cardboard, use paint to achieve the color you want.
  4. Make glittery stars by spreading a thin layer of glue on the front of each star. Sprinkle silver, gold or white glitter over the glue on the stars.
  5. Glue each star to the backdrop material. If using paper for your backdrop material, use white glue. For thicker materials, such as fabric or muslin, use spray adhesive. Spray each star with adhesive to seal it, allow to dry, and then use the adhesive to stick the stars to the backdrop material.
  6. Make large holes, at least every 6 to 12 inches, along the top of the backdrop material. Use scissors or a hole puncher to make the holes. Cut holes at least 1 inch in diameter.
  7. Thread string or twine through each hole. To hang the backdrop, tie the string to your venue's overhead suspension apparatus.
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