We’re delighted to have Jenny of Hank & Hunt back with us today to share another DIY tutorial. Last week you saw her DIY Feather Clips, and today she’s teaching us how to make a low-budget, high-impact paper flower backdrop! We love the idea of playing around with colors and perhaps even patterns to fit the feel of your wedding day perfectly. Let’s get to it:
From Jenny of Hank & Hunt: The best part about this backdrop is its portability. Ever wonder how they manage to move those huge photobooth backdrops? Or even how they set them up when you have a million and one other things to be doing on THE day of. The solution is this fun yet modern take on the traditional kid’s art project, a tissue paper backdrop. It’s cheap, it’s light and it’s fully customizable. I’m obsessed with deep blues lately and stayed solid, but think about doing patterns or watercolor styles with it.
For each board, you will need:
-white foam core board
-pack of 20×30″ 24 sheet fold of tissue paper
-roll of double stick tape
-empty water bottle
Simply multiply your list by the number of boards you want; I made four. Each board takes about 30-45 mins depending on how fast you are; the first usually takes the longest. Bribe some friends to help and knock out a ton at the same time!
1. Unwrap the fold of tissue paper, keep stacked and cut 6″x6″ squares. Don’t worry about being exact, it doesn’t matter… yet another beauty of this project.
2. Take your board and make a row of double stick tape across the short side of the board. Take your squares and loosen them up from each other — this makes it faster to pick up while pressing.
3. Take one square and center it over the top of the water bottle and press down. Remember the pencil eraser trick from elementary school? Just like that, but we’re working bigger.
4. Hold the paper in place, flip and press into the tape. Presto. Repeat this down the entire line of tape.
5. Add another row using the same technique about 1-2″ over, depending on how dense you want the backdrop to be. Repeat until the board is covered.
6. Repeat on as many other boards as you want.
7. Hang your first board square to where you want it to start and use two small nails to hold it up. I know some venues are anti-holes, so you can use command strips if you need to. They are super light and it doesn’t take much to hold them up. Now that the first one is up, just line up additional boards, tack into place, fluff the lines and you have an instant backdrop with minimal setup time at the location.
After I made these, I realized how pretty an ombre version would look. The light plays off the different corners of the paper and is really pretty even in a solid color. Perfect for a simple shower or party as well. Photographers could even carry one around for some detail shots!
Project and images by Jenny Batt of Hank Hunt for Ruffled