DIY Paper Punch Backdrop

DIY Projects

This next paper backdrop that Kathryn Godwin created for us is a doozy. You can use leftover cardstock, paint chips, catalog pages or any other paper you may have laying around to create a jaw-dropping curtain backdrop. It’s as easy to make as it is to transport from your reception to a wall in your new home!

DIY Paper Punch Backdrop

Circle DIY

For this project, you will need:
– 2″ circle puncher
– needle
– scissors
– embroidery floss
– cardstock

1. Use a 2″ circle puncher with the cardstock color of your choice.

DIY Paper Punch Backdrop

2. Thread a needle with embroidery floss cut to your desired length – stick through center of circle, double knot the end.

DIY Paper Punch Backdrop

3. Alternate between knots and threaded circles every 1.5-2 inches.

DIY Paper Punch Backdrop

4. Braid several pieces of embroidery floss to the length that you wish your backdrop to be; allow for an extra foot or so if you want a swag. Tie your strands of threaded circles to the braid every 2 inches.

DIY Paper Punch Backdrop

DIY Paper Punch Backdrop

DIY Paper Punch Backdrop



16 comments
  1. emily

    This is AWESOME! I want to do this just for home decor, but SO gorgeous for a wedding, too. :)

  2. Tre

    This is great! So creative and eye catching!

  3. Laura

    This is gorgeous but I imagine the process took quite some time! Entertaining the idea of doing this for my nursery.

  4. Natasha

    This looks gorgeous but how do you keep it from getting tangled once its made?

    • Kathryn Godwin

      I tried my best to stack the circles of each strand, and then wrapped them with plastic wrap and secured it with tape. It prevents tangling and makes hanging it so much easier!

  5. Tamara

    Wow that’s easier than I thought it would be. Might even look nice if you’re having a multi colored themed wedding and alternate the colors. Or even use it as a wedding photo booth back drop. Thank you!

  6. Kelly T

    How much card stock did you use for this project?

    • Kathryn Godwin

      I’m sorry Kelly, I’m not sure I can remember! It could have been 50 sheets? Maybe less, maybe more. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  7. Darkshi Creations

    Simple, but elegant. <3

  8. GK

    Where did you get your cardstock? Love the color!

  9. Amba

    Hi I was wondering how many strings did you use and how many circles per string to get the nice v shape/ curve? Looks amazing.

  10. karla

    Stunning!
    simply stunning

  11. Dhenuka Hoffman

    I made this for our office to fill in a dark corner and it turned out amazing! I used shades of blues and greens, starting with light blue fading into dark blue, then dark green and ending with light green on the other side. The color transitions look very cool. Wish I could post a pic. Thanks for the detailed instructions. I used crochet yarn instead of embroidery floss and kept all the circle chains clipped closed until I was ready to hang. It was a dramatic moment to let them all down.

  12. Janie

    I got my cardstock at Paper Source and it works perfectly. Instead of embroidery floss, I used Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread. Tying the knots is the most time consuming part but it looks amazing once finished!

  13. shawna

    I love the color by any chance do you remember where you got it from?

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