DIY Paper Punch Backdrop

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

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

    1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. I made this using spray painted (gold) synthetic rose petals! Although they’re smaller than the circles in this DIY, it saves time cutting & doesn’t tear- not to mention a lot cheaper than gold craft paper. Just a tip I wanted to share 🙂

  7. Loveee this!! Dana that is also a great idea about the synthetic rose petals!

    I did have a question for Kathryn or anyone who has successfully done this..do you just use a thicker piece of string for the top to attach each row onto? ? I’m confused on that part.

  8. Thank you for sharing this project. I’m a graphic designer and I have collected a TON of paper sample books over the years, and this was a perfect project to reuse those books before recycling.

    I have one question — do you have a storage idea? I am using this backdrop for my bridal shower in March (but making it NOW) and wanting to keep it as an option in case we have to move our ceremony indoors. These get tangled really easily.

    Thank you!

  9. Definitely going to do this for my spare room – massive wall to fill!
    Same question as Lauren.. How do you attach them all to the top thread? Just knots either side? And it’s thicker than the others?

  10. 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.

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