Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Perfect For Weddings: Fabric Backdrop DIY from Sarah Hearts

We've all seen stunning altars with fabric backdrops like this one and this one and if you're anything like me, as soon as you did see them you wanted all the DIY details. Therefore, I'm so thrilled that I have the opportunity to post this fantastic DIY project from Sarah Hearts Design Studio today! Sarah is a freelance graphic designer and blogger, and has a knack for creating beautiful handmade treasures as well - some of which you can even purchase in her lovely online shop. So without further adieu, here's one of those treasures, right now!

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From Sarah: Fabric backdrops are a lovely way to add subtle texture and color to a wedding ceremony, photo booth, or a party. And they are surprisingly very easy to make. Here's a tutorial on how to make a beautiful backdrop using a few, inexpensive materials.

1. You will need:
• 4′ dowel that is 1/2″ in diameter
• 2,  3 yard cuts of fabric at least 38″ wide (total of 6 yards)
• Scissors
• Tape measure
• Pencil

2. After you gather your supplies, use the tape measure and pencil to mark the short side of the fabric. I wanted my strips to each be 2″ so I made a mark every 2″.

Repeat until you have marked the entire short side of the fabric. If you want your banner to be more organic, skip step 2.

3. Cut a slit at each mark. Repeat until you have cut along all the marked lines.

4. Starting at the first slit, tear the fabric. This create a fabric strip that will be tied onto the dowel. Repeat until all the strips have been torn.

5. Using a double knot, tie one fabric strip onto the dowel. Repeat until all the strips have been tied onto the dowel. Rearrange each knot, if necessary, so all the knots are pointing down. Then you’re done!

For the photos above, I used painter’s tape to hold the backdrop in place. It can be hung with string or fishing line from a tree or it can be nailed to a wall. Enjoy!

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Thank you so much for sharing, Sarah!  Want more from this lovely lady?  Sarah will be back tomorrow with a special surprise for Paper Garland readers.  See you tomorrow, friends!


  1. This with different colored fabric would take it up a notch. Great DIY!

  2. Too cute! This will be going in the giant notebook of inspiration :)

  3. What a great way to add texture to a room!

  4. Thanks so much for posting this! <3

  5. What an awesome idea and you made it look so much easier than I thought it would be :)

  6. This is so lovely!!! I'm going to try this as decor for my work studio!

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