Some time ago I was greatly inspired by the larger version which is mounted to a table and although portable doesn't fit in my small apartment and doesn't do well with my traveling lifestyle. I found it was just too big, too expensive and I couldn't pack it in my bag for traveling. I aimed for something cheaper, smaller and more portable, and was able to come up with this one, which fits all the criteria: Small, portable, easy set up, reusable, and cheap or common materials.
I now introduce The Mini DIY Photography Backdrop (sets up in under 2 minutes).
The original Instructable can be found here:
Step 1: Materials
1 Plastic hanger
Fax Paper rolls
Thumb tacks (3 - 4)
Saw (or cutting tool to sever the hanger)
Exacto Knife or craft knife (for detail work on the hanger)
Hammer (optional. This is for breaking the tack into pieces, so a rock or heavy stapler could work too)
Candle & lighter
Glue (Craft glue / crazy glue / gorilla glue etc...)