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The Perfect Outdoor Party Project – A DIY Ribbon Backdrop

While I searched for easy DIY decorations for a recent Baby Shower I hosted, I knew immediately when I came across this one that I had to make it as a backdrop.  Not only is it easy to make but it is reusable and can even be made from repurposed fabrics and ribbons.  It’s the perfect DIY party backdrop. 

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Gather Materials

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. 

Get a 2 pack of Chiffon Ribbon Rolls at tableclothsfactory.com

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:

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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 tableclothsfactory.com 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.

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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 tableclothsfactory.com 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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