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DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop

If I had looked at the final shot and didn’t know that a how-to instructions list would follow, I wouldn’t have believed it could possibly be a DIY. I mean, just take a looksie below. This jaw-dropping DIY paper wisteria backdrop created by Kathryn Godwin for Ruffled, shot by Emily Chidester Photography, is one for the books folks. Make double sure to bookmark it for your wedding, for your friend’s nursery, and for your entry foyer (how amazing would this be behind a lucite console?) while you’re at it too. Beautiful flowers by Nectar at the Separk Mansion.

DIY paper wisteria backdrop

Materials:
- crepe paper streamers
- scissors
- jewelry or floral wire (22 or 24ga)
- wire cutters
- tree branch

DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop
DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop
DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop


View all step-by-step instructions

Steps:
1. Cut streamers to various lengths of 10-16 inches.
2. Use thumbs to shape and twist little pods, like in some candy wrappers
3. Pinch the twist between both thumbs to lock into shape.
4. Cut wire to about 5 inch length.
5. Bundle 3-4 pod strands together, twist wire tight.
6. Twist wire around branches.

DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop
DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop
DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop
DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop
DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop
DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop

Photographer: Emily Chidester Photography / Florist: Nectar / Model: Ariana Clare / Venue: Separk Mansion

8 Comments on DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop

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  • 1
    Jen Kelevra on July 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    hi, I am absolutely stunned at how beautiful the outcome is from such a simple idea! My idea is to use this in my daughters bed room as a feature, could I simply use a smaller artificial tree such as this on eBay http://goo.gl/mIFpHJ and remove the fake leaves with my own?

    I also have ideas of putting white fairy lights within it, do you think it will look okay, or will it be too tacky?

    many thanks, Jen

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    • Hi Jen,
      This would be so sweet in a girl’s bedroom! If you prefer an artificial tree, perhaps look more for a ficus instead of a palm. However, it’s super easy to find branches in any wooded area. You can trim them to the preferred shape, stick them in a bucket with stand or pebbles to create a tree.

      Lights are magical and sweet for little girls rooms, especially at night, give it a go! Hope you’ll share the finished project!

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  • 2

    The behind the scenes film is just beautifully done!! I love it when you share films on your blog, I always feel like it’s unfortunate they are not included more in posts and that they are not recognized better. It makes such a difference to see that perspective, team work, and how much work goes into a shoot like this. Love it, thank you!

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  • 3

    Wow! Simply beautiful and creative!

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  • 4

    such a lovely idea!!!
    I really like it. thank you for the sharing and the tute as well;-D

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  • 5

    I love this! Have you made these up in advance and then traveled to your venue with them? I’m wondering how well they would store / travel, do you think they would get really squashed?

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  • 6

    This is so soft and gorgeous. I love the white, but how easily it could be changed by adding color as well.

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  • 7

    Pure love!!! I think this is about to become a central prop piece in some of my boudoir and bridal shoots. I can see so many ladies here in the deep south just loving this.

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