It’s no surprise we love a good backdrop, and even more so when you can make it yourself. Juli of Juli Vaughn Designs is with us to share the secrets behind her inspiring floating candlestick backdrop from today’s styled shoot, so I’ll let her take it away from here!

DIY floating candlestick backdrop - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-floating-candlestick-backdrop

For this project, you will need:
*Large Black Foamcore Board
*19-21 Gauge Wire
*2 Large Brass Desk Clips (Mine are from Anthro and can be found here)
*Brass Candlesticks
*Taper Candles
*Ribbons

DIY floating candlestick backdrop - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-floating-candlestick-backdrop

Instructions:
1. Set the Board Upright.

2. Pierce Foamcore Board straight through with about 1/4 of the length of the wire.

DIY floating candlestick backdrop - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-floating-candlestick-backdrop

3. Make a “U” shape with wire and insert the other end about 1 inch from original piercing. (Make sure the two entry points are level.)

4. Insert top cup of Brass Candlestick into the “U” shape and hold the candlestick in place.

DIY floating candlestick backdrop - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-floating-candlestick-backdrop

5. From the back of the board, secure the Brass Candlestick by tightening the wire just like you would with a twist-tie.

DIY floating candlestick backdrop - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-floating-candlestick-backdrop

6. Continue these steps until you have the shape and amount of candlesticks you would like.

DIY floating candlestick backdrop - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-floating-candlestick-backdrop

7. Secure the Brass Clips and tie Ribbons to suspend.

DIY floating candlestick backdrop - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-floating-candlestick-backdrop

8. Hang the Board and insert Taper Candles.

DIY floating candlestick backdrop - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-floating-candlestick-backdrop

*Tip: When inserting candles into the candlesticks, make sure to angle them AWAY from the board. You want your love to burn, not the backdrop.


View step-by-step images from this tutorial in the gallery

Caution: just as you would handle candles anywhere, make sure these candles are far away enough from the surface holding them. You can also LED taper candles as an alternative.

4 comments
  • Voilet

    We did this at my sisters wedding . Amazing visual effect.

  • DAVID BLAIR

    Biggest FIRE HAZARD ever!!!! I mean seriously open flame and cardboard??? No good venue would let that happen. Check your fire codes first people.

    • Amanda

      We forgot to include a note of caution at the bottom, which is now up with alternatives to open flames to achieve the same look.

  • Trish

    I would recommend using black “high heat” spray paint for your card board if your using real candles. It’s used for painting g bbq grills and fireplaces. You can find it at any hardware store.