Of all the things you could try to DIY for your wedding, this simple, but gorgeous ceremony backdrop is one you shouldn't pass up. It's one of my favorite projects we've ever done for a client outside the realm of flowers, and we got lots of use out of it since then too. It adds a special touch that takes a ceremony from boring, to beautiful. It works great as a cake table backdrop, for a Photo Booth, or any occasion that needs a decorative touch. I'll show you how easy it is in three simple steps.
Here's what you'll need:
- One painters canvas 9x12 drop cloth, purchased at a home goods store.
- Ribbon. I used super cheap acetate ribbon in various colors and widths. It comes in big rolls and doesn't cost as much as fabric ribbon. (Papermart has a nice selection. 250 yards for under $7.00. Woot!)
- Lace. I used two old lace tablecloths I found at a thrift store. They had a few stains on them, so they were perfect for cutting up.
- Optional: corresponding color cotton fabric, about 3 or 4 yards.
- Box of safety pins.
- Pipe and drape (minus the drape). You can rent these from local rental companies for around $25-$50 usually, just for the metal pipes and bases. You could also create this project on a long dowel or piece of wood that you could hang at your venue. Basically you just need a long, rigid object you can attach your ribbon and fabric to.
Step One: Start by tearing your canvas drop cloth into strips. I varied my strip width from about 1 inch to about 4 inches. I cut a small slit with my scissors at the edge of the canvas, then tore it the rest of the way. I did the same with my cotton fabric, and then cut the lace into strips as well.
Step Two: With your pipes extended to the height you desire, measure one length of ribbon so it loops over the top about three inches, and then hangs to the ground. Cut it and then use this length of ribbon as your guide to cut many more in different widths and colors.
Step Three: To hang your fabric strips and ribbon, lower your top bar to about 5 or 6 feet so it's easy to reach. Loop one end about 3 inches over your top bar, and pin it, on the backside, with your safety pins. Continue to pin and layer, alternating between canvas, fabric, lace, and ribbon, varying your widths. When you're finished attaching your pieces raise the top bar to your desired height. Trim any fabric or ribbon that might be too long.
That's it, you're done! Add any other decor to your lovely backdrop that you desire. For this ceremony we added hanging bud vases, and eucalyptus on the framework. When we re-used it for the candy bar below we changed it up by adding some white string lights behind the ribbons for a soft glow. Beautiful.
I hope you'll give this super easy DIY a try when you need an extra touch of special decor for an event. I'd love to see what you create. Just tag #handmakerofthings or @emmyray.
Happy handmaking ~ Emily