I received a few emails asking for a tutorial on the accordion flower backdrop seen on this gorgeous DIY wedding, and here it is! We made them in two different ways: one like the ones seen at BHLDN, and an easier version of them without the handles (as you may remember seeing a similar one from this project we posted a while ago).
BHDLN DIY paper wheel decor backdrop

Version 1 (simple, without handles):

What you’ll need:

– 1/8″ hole punch
– Glue
– 3 sheets of paper (8.5″x11″) per fan

Fold the paper lengthwise with 3/4″ or 1/2″ gaps. Fold your accordion in half and glue or staple the ends. Glue the ends of all 3 “pizza wheels” and punch a hole to thread ribbon.

BHDLN DIY paper wheel decor backdrop

Version 2 (with popsicle sticks) :

What you’ll need:
– Popsicle sticks (we drilled a hole on them using dremel tool, but you can buy them with holes at candle supply stores)
– Glue
– Paper (it can be any patterned paper, either scrapbook or gift wrap will do)

Fold the paper lengthwise with 3/4″ or 1/2″ gaps. Repeat until you have enough pieces to form a wheel. Glue ends, add popsicle stick on each end of your wheel et voila!

See all step-by-step photos in the gallery!

  • Always love these! Great tutorial. :)

  • Mira que Bueno

    Oh thanks! was really in search of this tutorial. Very beautiful!

  • Love this!

  • So gorgeous, I didn’t expect them to be so simple! I might just decorate my house…

  • Jen M

    I was looking all over the place for a tutorial after I saw that post…thanks!

  • Awesome! Thanks for the tut!

  • Hello!

    I shared your DIY on my blog :)

  • Signe

    This is perfect! I wanted some bright, free, recycled decor for my daughter’s 1st bday. The Teacher’s Discovery Mag plus this tutorial did the trick! Multicolored hanging paper wheels all around! Thanks!

  • I am in love with this!

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  • sheli custer

    I tried to figure this out without the tutorial what a mess!!! Thank you for posting this much easier with help!!

  • kasey

    great tutorial!

    however….can anyone advise as to where to get paper which works well for these? I have looked at michaels, online, etc….and am having a hard time finding something in the middle ground between construction paper and 110 lb cardstock.


    • sree

      Hi, Were you able to find the paper anywhere? I am in the same boat and I am having trouble finding good quality paper.

  • I love these ! They are soooo fab, I submitted them in this weeks DIY Christmas Ornament Challenge. I am VOTING for you too…they are soooo unique and pretty ! Here is a link to the challenge ! http://www.lynneknowlton.com/best-christmas-ideas/
    Merry Hoho !!

  • Great idea .. will try it soon.. :)

    Many thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes.

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