The Perfect Outdoor Party Project – A DIY Ribbon Backdrop

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When I was looking for simple yet eye-catching DIY decorations for a recent Baby Shower I had the pleasure of hosting, I came across a perfect find: a DIY Ribbon Backdrop. I was smitten the instant I saw it.
This isn’t just any backdrop; it’s a versatile masterpiece that can elevate any event.

What makes this DIY Ribbon Backdrop so special? To begin with, it is really simple to make. You don’t have to be a crafts wizard to pull this off; all you need is a pair of scissors and a couple lengths of ribbon. The true beauty, though, is in its reusability. Unlike other party decorations that you toss out as soon as the festivities are over, this backdrop can be stored and used time and again. Got another event coming up? Just roll it out, and you’re good to go!

Even better, this project is a sustainability win. You can craft it from repurposed fabrics and ribbons, giving those old textiles a fabulous second life. Imagine using ribbons from past birthday gifts or fabric scraps from old clothing. Not only do you get a stunning backdrop, but you also get to feel good about reducing waste.

You additionally get a beautiful backdrop that you can feel good about eliminating waste.

So, if you want to add a little sparkle to your next party without much effort, this DIY Ribbon Backdrop is the way to go. It’s more than just a decoration; it’s a conversation starter, a photo opportunity, and a green option all bundled into one. Trust me, your guests will be asking how they can make one too!

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Gather Materials for Your DIY Ribbon Backdrop

There’s no limit to the randomness of materials you can use, from shower curtains and tablecloths to ribbons, trims, and tulle.  The best fabric for a backdrop to add a bit of flair and luxe is lace or satin. 

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If you choose to cut your fabrics, you may have some stray fibers and strands hanging off that can add or take away from the look you want.  A good way to solve that problem is to use pinking shears or Aleene’s stop-fraying adhesive.

The next thing you’ll need is jute or twine to tie all of your fabrics to.

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I used the following for this backdrop from Table Cloths Factory:

  • 2 Pack | 6Yards Natural Chiffon Ribbon Roll $5.49
  • 6″ x 10 Yards Turquoise Glitter Tulle Fabric Bolt $2.19
  • 6″ x 10 Yards Ivory Glitter Tulle Fabric Bolt $2.19
  • 6″ x 10 Yards Royal Blue Floral Lace Fabric Bolt – Clearance SALE $3.69
  • 6″ x 10 Yards Silver Glitter Tulle Fabric Bolt $2.19
  • 12″ x 10 Yards Royal Blue Satin Fabric Bolt, Wholesale Fabric For Sewing DIY Crafts $5.99

Smaller ribbons came from a previous project that I already hand on hand:

Making Your Colorful Backdrop

While I did not have a set plan for sizing, there was a little bit of a method to my madness.  I purchased random fabrics I liked from and then divided the total lengths on each spool accordingly.  If there were 5 yards on a spool, I split it into 1 – 10 ft, 1 – 8 ft, and 2 – 6ft lengths. Cut all the necessary pieces before assembly and keep them sorted by length.

ribbon start

A good backdrop size would be an 8 – 10 foot length of string.  Hang the 8 – 10 ft section of twine or jute between posts, columns, or curtain rods (whatever you have available), then begin hanging the longest pieces in the middle randomly.  10 Yards of 12” satin can be found at for under $6.

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  1. Just take a cut length.
  2. Fold it in half, 
  3. Hold the looped end on one side of the twine and pull the loose ends through the loop over the twine and tighten. (And that’s it!) 

Keep going until you use all the cut lengths and you’ll be done in no time. 

The flexibility of this ribbon and fabric project makes this my favorite.  It works on any budget and can be as eco-friendly as you desire. Finding fabrics is probably the best part of making your own custom backdrop.

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