This tissue paper DIY fringe backdrop makes a big statement, yet is probably one of the easiest backdrops to create. I love that the colors can be changed out to suit just about any theme. It takes a little bit of patience, but the fact that it doesn’t break the bank still makes it a total win in my book!
- Tissue Paper (varying colors to suit your theme; I used Lavender, Violet and White)
- Acrylic Paints (I used White and Gold)
- Gold Letter Balloons 16” (to spell out your phrase)
- Foil Heart Balloon
- Gold Baker’s Twine
- Scotch® Double Sided Tape
- Paint Brush
- Adhesive Hooks
Begin by inflating your letter balloons using the straw provided. I then laid the letters out to determine the width I would need for my backdrop.
With Pantone’s color of the year, Ultraviolet, in mind, I chose a color palette with shades of purple, white and gold. I opted to paint my red heart balloon white to better coordinate with the theme.
While the heart balloon is drying, start the fringe process. In order to maximize the use of the tissue paper I folded it on the long end in thirds. For taller strips of fringe you could fold the paper in half instead. For the fringe, simply cut the tissue paper at roughly one-inch intervals about ¾ the way up the paper, careful not to cut too far. This does take a little bit of time, so I recommend binge watching a little Netflix while cutting.
Once you have all your strips cut, add them to your desired location using double-sided tape. I chose to adhere mine directly to the wall, but if you wanted the ability to either reuse the backdrop or needed to travel with it. You could easily affix the tissue paper to a plastic tablecloth, sheet or butcher paper. I chose to add mine in a repeating ombré pattern with three strips of each color in each row.
To give my freshly painted white heart a little pizazz, I added a few gold paint swooshes. I created the swooshes by firmly pressing the paintbrush down where I started, then dragged the brush across, letting up on the pressure as I went. I love the abstract feel it gave the stark white of the balloon!
After you’ve achieved the desired height and width, thread the balloons onto the baker’s twine and tie to a hook placed on either side of your backdrop.
By now your heart should be dry and ready to hang. I taped a loop of twine to the back and hung it from another adhesive hook in the middle of the Mr and Mrs.
And there you have it! A fun DIY fringe backdrop that would work great as a focal point behind the cake at a wedding or for photo ops at your next bridal shower.After the cake’s been cut, roll out the cart and add a few fun props and you’ve got an ideal spot to pose for photos!
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Annaliese is a party stylist and owner of Made of Sugar and Spice, a dress-up party boutique for little girls ages 3 – 10. Her love of color, pretty girly things, glitter, and creative nature help transform every day occasions into the best day ever. She lives by the motto “I can spray paint that,” has a major sweet tooth, and when she’s not crafting or planning parties, you can find her spending time with her husband, son and three dogs.