DIY Paper Cone Art Installation

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You will have to sit down for this one. Just when I think I’ve seen everything under the sun, this project lands in my inbox. Using only paper and chicken wire, Brenna and her friend made four massive art installations for her friend’s wedding reception. Yes, four of them. One for each corner of her friend’s reception venue.

This is my friend’s wedding, I was able to help her make these I thought I would enter this for her since it turned out so awesome!

 paper cone wedding backdrop

-Chicken wire
-Rope or twine for hanging

 paper cone wedding backdrop

 paper cone wedding art installation

 paper cone wedding backdrop

 paper cone wedding backdrop

Step 1. Cut chicken wire to desired length and width.
Step 2. Twist wire into the shape you want it to be. The more twists, the more interesting it will look.
Step 3. Tie one end of the rope to the chicken wire in a couple different spots. Throw the other end over whatever you will be hanging it from and pull the wire up until it is 4-5 feet above the ground. The the end you are pulling on to something heavy until you are ready to raise it to the finished height.
Step 4. Roll paper as shown in the pictures. Start at one of the short ends and roll towards the other. Try to roll it into a cone shape.
Step 5. Stick the smaller end of the cone into one of the chicken wire squares, and the cone should pop open to fit the whole and will stay in place.
Step 6. Continue adding paper cones until the chicken wire looks full (you do not have to fill each and every square, just eye it until it looks right)
Step 7. Raise the finished sculpture to whatever height you wish and then tie the end to the finished piece to keep it in place.

  1. Joanne

    Wow, that looks amazing! Such a luxe effect for minimal outlay….

  2. Nicole

    Simple and stunning! Again, paper never looked so good.

  3. Sanja

    So cool! Love the overall texture and volume.

  4. Brittany

    wow, that looks amazing!!

  5. Holly Hatam

    That is absolutely amazing!

  6. amy

    we love these so much, amazing!!

  7. Kathleen at Twig and Thistle

    This is so unbelievably striking and clever! Has a very Anthropologie feel to me. Love, love, LOVE!

  8. Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride]

    This is crazy beautiful!! I can’t believe how stunning of a touch this is for a DIY creation!

  9. lydia {ever ours}

    holy smokes….you’ve got to be kidding me!

  10. Jane (Olive Hue Paper Goods)

    seriously, 4?? wow! must have been so much work!! amazing.

  11. Stephanie

    W-O-W. Absolutely AWESOME. Big bang for hardly any bucks.

    Note to self: this.

  12. Aileen@LoveandLavender

    Hot dang! Now that is one stunning DIY! It totally reminds me of Anthropologie also.

  13. Bukola

    Anthropologie used this exact method to create window and interior installations last year. I took a picture of this massive ostrich they created in the Dallas store. it was quite awesome up close!

    picture’s not great but u get the idea! :)

    i’m totally impressed that pulled off the same thing at the wedding above!

  14. Amanda

    Ha, I remember those — my MIL was completely obsessed with those birds. I do remember though that they had a solid “body”, probably styrofoam or newspaper balls that shaped the birds’ bodies. At least that’s what I remember from having my hands tinted black from newspaper ink!

  15. bryan chan

    OH MY GOD.i just finished my own and it was a lot of rolling. im surprised that i didnt get any paper cuts at all. but anyway as i was doing it and moving it, it was quite hard for all of it to stay in the wire. since i prefer the paper funnels to looks wider i figured out a way to hold it on the back. so i decided to start stapelling them on the back. it works perfectly. now i dont have to worry moving it around. oh by the way, adding some lightning on the back turned out fabulous too.

  16. wendy

    Very inspiring.

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