I’m assuming you’re not reading this article to learn about a subspecies of African frog. Right?
Now that those batracophiles are on their way, let’s talk BACKDROPS.
These are some of the easiest and quickest and most showing-off-est ways to decorate space at a party or event.
Check out this hanging ribbons one, for example. It’s a bunch of ribbons, hanging from a dowel.
That top part looks a bit tricky, being all bunched-up like that. It’s not. It’s the top part of the ribbon strands, looped over the dowel and secured with a twist tie.
The most difficult part of this is going to be attaching it to the wall.
Did someone say Command Hooks?
I think I’m in love with these paper fans. I keep “accidentally” picking them for decorating ideas.
They’re so fun, so colorful, and so easy to put together!
Simply buy a few dozen mini paper fans, then open them up and tape them on the wall.
They usually have an attached string, so you can hide them up under each ascending row.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that this looks fancy and complicated.
The great thing about paper roses, though, is that they are not difficult. They are a roll of butcher paper.
So, get your spiral-cutting skills sharpened up, and heat up that hot glue gun! Make a few, of varying sizes. You could even do varying colors!
Once you have a bouquet, arrange them with tape amidst some simple paper leaves.
This heart backdrop idea is very versatile, because it demonstrates an open canvas of possibilities.
First, you need a basic wood-framed piece of chicken wire. You can make one, easily. Or, you can ask a husband or extremely-energetic friend.
Point is, it’s all a matter of stuffing tissue paper in the holes of the wire. Make a heart; make many hearts. Heck, make a unicorn if you want!
If you can tell from the picture, this backdrop is a mix of white pennant garland and gold balloons.
I liked it for the idea of simply varying the height of a bunch of balloons.
Throw some on the floor as well; for an easy, Bohemian look with a slight pop of color.
The minute I saw this picture, I knew that my marshmallow-loving son would want to make this.
Hey -maybe he’ll even use it at his wedding, like this lady did.
As you may guess, it’s made by piercing marshmallows at regular intervals along string. After you make a few strings, you’ll have a full curtain of sugary sponginess.
Another curtain idea is this chevron-patterned one.
Alternating colors of angled strips give it that traditional pattern. The colors chosen help the background’s hip, vintage feel.
Get your string and paper strips ready, and assemble a few today. They’re light enough to hang with tape.
On a similar thought, I give you The Wall of Loops.
Did you ever make paper chains as a child? Well, hop over to Michael’s and pick up their entire supply of the colors you want.
Okay -maybe you’ll only need twenty pages of each.
Tape or staple a few dozen loops, then attach them in random horizontal order down the length of string. Once done, hang them against a wall or from the ceiling.
Did you think it could work to just cut out a bunch of geometric shapes and tape them directly to the wall?
Crazy, right? Wrong.
Open up your paper cache (or, head back to the craft store) and cut out a bunch of triangles, circles, squares, or hectogons.
Have fun arranging them in random placements on the wall, and stick them down with a paint-safe tape.
This totally awesome backdrop takes a lot of work. You’ve been warned.
It’s constructed of strands of waxed paper dots.
How does one make these dots? Layer tissue paper over melted, evenly-spread paraffin wax; cool; punch out.
The strands are made by sewing a hole through each dot, all along the length of kitchen twine.
Ready to get started? Click below for full instructions for each backdrop:
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