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DIY Fabric Circle Backdrop

It’s no surprise that we love a good DIY backdrop, so we’re thrilled that Audrey of French Knot Studios is willing to share the tips behind her fabric circle display in today’s bohemian inspired shoot. This would be an ideal project to tackle while getting in some good couch TV time with your honey. Let’s get to work!

DIY fabric circle backdrop - photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-fabric-circle-backdrop

For this project you will need:
-at least 1 yard of three different color fabrics, we used two silks and a silk organza
-wool yarn; it works better than synthetics, cotton or silk
-Large Eye Needle
-Sharp Scissors

Instructions:
1. Cut the fabric into 3″ squares, then trim off the corners to make circles. They don’t have to be perfect!

DIY Fabric Circle backdrop - photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-fabric-circle-backdrop

2. Cut your yarn into the length you need plus about a foot so you can adjust the height on site (ours is 8′ high). Knot the bottom end.
3. Stack the fabric circles. Decide how wide you want each band of color. Each of our strands has about 40 circles. 50% the darkest color, 35% the middle color, and 15% the sheer top color. These are generalities. Each strand will vary slightly, but that’s the beauty of it!
4. Stab the needle through the center of the stack of circles.

DIY Fabric Circle backdrop - photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-fabric-circle-backdrop

5. Do not pull the thread all the way through so the knot stops at the end.
6. Slide the bottom circle to the end, and space the circles roughly 3 inches apart along the yarn. If you use wool as recommended, the circles will naturally stick along the yarn and you won’t have to secure a knot after each one to maintain spacing. Some last minute adjusting will be necessary when you hang it for the ceremony.

DIY Fabric Circle backdrop - photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-fabric-circle-backdrop

7. Install at your ceremony with a pipe and drape rental (sans drape), command hooks, or painters tape if the tape will not be seen by the guests.

DIY fabric circle backdrop - photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-fabric-circle-backdrop

DIY fabric circle backdrop - photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-fabric-circle-backdrop


View step-by-step instructions here

Shoot Location: Savannah, GA / Photographer: Izzy Hudgins Photography / Event Design and Styling: French Knot Studios / Venue and Place Settings: Cohen’s Retreat / Dresses: James Gunn / Succulent Crown: Colonial House of Flowers / Hair and Makeup: Jessica Duthu / Menswear: Simon’s Formal Wear / Air Plants: Madame Chrysanthemum / Chocolate Egg Place Cards: Chocolat by Adam Turoni

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