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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

How to Make a DIY Fringe Party Backdrop

A reader asked me how to make the DIY fringe party backdrop seen in my Glam 30th Birthday Party featured on Hostess with the Mostess. I wrote this tutorial up so you can easily recreate the look for upcoming events. This is for you Brittany!

I was inspired by the DIY project over at Shiny Happy Sprinkles, but didn't want to bust out the sewing machine. Here's a DIY fringe backdrop tutorial that is no-sew, requires 4 basic materials, is super simple (you know how to use scissors right?!), and budget friendly (only real cost is tissue paper). The time it takes and amount of tissue paper you'll need depends on the desired backdrop size. I just covered my TV, so I only needed 10 sheets of tissue paper and 30 minutes the night before my party.

Time: 30 minutes - will vary depending on desired size of backdrop
- Tissue Paper (10 sheets covered my TV - will vary depending on desired size of backdrop)
- Ribbon/String
- Tape
- Scissors
Cost: $5
ONE - Cut a piece of string a little bit longer than the desired length (horizontal) of your backdrop. For me, this was the length of my TV + a few inches. Open two sheets of tissue paper next to each other to make one long piece (or as many sheets as necessary for your desired backdrop length). Place string down the middle (horizontal), tape it down in just a few spots.
TWO - Fold tissue paper in half over the string.
THREE - Keeping (a) the ribbon in place at the top and (b) the top fold in line with itself, fold your tissue paper in half, and then half again and one more time. This will speed up the cutting process so you cut through multiple layers of tissue paper.
FOUR - An inch from the left, cut vertically from the opening (bottom) of the tissue paper to the top (towards the ribbon), without cutting through the ribbon or fold. You do not need to cut perfectly straight or even lines. Repeat cutting inch wide strips, all the way across the length of your tissue paper.
FIVE - For some texture, crumple up the strips a bit and then smooth them out. Unfold your tissue paper. You just created a row of fringe!
SIX - Pick up each end of the string, with tape handy, and from the bottom of your wall, tape the fringe in place.
SEVEN - Repeat steps 1 through 6 to create each row of fringe until you reach your desired backdrop height. Tape each row right above the last, with some overlap.
{My little party planning assistant}

And that's it! What do you think? Cheap and easy with a big wow factor, right!? My favorite kinda projects! You can check out other parties I've styled here and other cheap and easy DIY projects.

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Brittany McAlpin said...

You are the best!! Thank you so much! I can't wait to get started on this.