DIY Fabric Wedding Banner Backdrop

October 27, 2010Sarah Khandjian

I had such a great response about the last diy backdrop I made a couple of weeks ago that I decided to make another one! This one is even easier and faster to make. I used unbleached cotton muslin, however, you could use a printed or dyed fabric to make this banner. This backdrop would be great for a ceremony, reception photo booth, or for a holiday party. Today I am going to take both backdrops over to Shannon’s for her birthday tea party (yes, I will post photos). So here are the instructions!

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!

11 Comments

  • Viv @ The Eclectic Life

    December 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I’m so glad you shared this! I absolutely love this idea and I love the wedding I’ve seen using this. The torn edges add so much to the organic feel of the fabric. Thanks for sharing!

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    May 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

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