DIY Doily Wedding Backdrop Banner

October 6, 2010Sarah Khandjian

Today’s wedding post is something that has been in my head of quite some time. I’m so excited to finally share it with you! A lot of weddings now feature a photo booth or an area where guests can take fun photos of themselves. Most backdrops I’ve seen are simply fabric draped in the background. My recent obsession with doilies sparked an idea… to make a “floating” doily backdrop that could be used for a photo booth. I also think this would be absolutely lovely hanging from a wooden chuppah or just used as a ceremony backdrop. It’s very easy to make and very cheap too. So without further adieu, here’s a step-by-step tutorial!

First, you will need a few supplies:

• Fishing line cut into 7, 9′ long pieces, $2.00 (found a Walmart and most sporting good stores)
• Wooden dowel 4′ x .5″, $1.45 (found at Home Depot or Lowes)
• Doilies, $1.75 per pack of 48 (4 packages purchased from D & G Occasions in Orlando)
• Frosted Scotch tape, $.99
• Scissors
• Measuring tape

2. Tie one piece of fishing line to the end of the dowel. Tie a second knot to to secure the line to the dowel.

3. String one doily through the fishing line and move it towards the dowel as shown.

4. Place a small piece of tape in the center of the doily, on top of the fishing line, to secure the line to the doily.

5. Repeat steps 3-4 until the end of the line is reached. Then repeat steps 2-4 keeping each line equal distant from another (I used 7 pieces of fishing line for a 4′ dowel).

And you’re done! So go ahead and give it a try! Please contact me if you make this. I would love to feature it on my blog!


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    absolutely using this as the backdrop at my wedding, AWESOME! its not until next summer, but i’ll keep you posted :)

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    May 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Hi: I love this idea! what size are the doilies that you used?

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      May 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      @ Angela: Thanks! I used paper doilies in a few sizes (around 4″ – 6″ diameters). You can find them at most grocery stores, cake supply and party stores.

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