We wanted to share few shots from our Do-It-Yourself, budget-friendly photo shoot in the Winter/Spring issue of Sacramento Bride and Groom Magazine. For this shoot, we were challenged to use a few DIY projects, simple linens and uplighting to punch up the Cameron Park Community Center.
When a venue is a blank slate, decorating can either be daunting or inspring. What adds a ton of pop for not a ton of money? A DIY ribbon backdrop! We love making these backdrops. They are an easy way to play with color and texture in your decor. The great thing about ribbon is it comes in about every color or texture imaginable. We used a mixture of satin, grosgrain, acetate, organza and tulle.
Creating a ribbon backdrop doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. There are two challenges, deciding how large to make it, and doing the math to determine how much ribbon to buy! For our 12' x 18' backdrop, we used a whopping 850 yards of ribbon. It sounds like a lot, but we were able to find beautiful, inexpensive ribbon online for $121 total!
Regarding proportions, if you make the backdrop too big, it’s not a focal point any longer. If you make it too small, it looks like a shower curtain floating on the wall. As we always say, "more is more." We went with floor to ceiling panels that totaled 18' wide. We started by creating 3' panels. This size is very manageable and you can hang them side by side to create a bigger impact.
Details like this ribbon backdrop really come alive with the benefit of specialty lighting. Derwin and Elizabeth Terry of Sacramento Lite added uplighting and projected a pattern on the wall. It was amazing to see how the use of lighting added drama and warmth to the room.
What you'll need for a 3' x 12' panel:
- 36" Wooden dowel
- 144 yards of ribbon, tulle or fabric - you can use inexpensive ribbon
- An opaque fabric to line that back side (optional)
- Command Strips and hooks to hang the backdrop
- Determine the how long or tall you would like the panels to be- for example, we made ours 12' tall
- Cut approximately 36 pieces of ribbon in 12' lengths. We used ribbon that ranged from 3/4" wide to 6" wide
- Plan ahead on how to distribute colors and textures throughout the dowel.
- Tie the ribbons to the 36" dowel and secure with a double knot
- If you're hanging these backdrops to disguise the walls, after the ribbons are all tied on the dowel, you can line the back side with an opaque fabric. To attach the fabric, simbly make cuts along the top of the fabric and tie on like the ribbon.
We also created a non-floral centerpiece to keep costs low. These centerpieces were created from a trio of cylinder shaped vases from Michael's and Dollar Tree, left over ribbon from the backdrop and candles.
We simply picked complimentary ribbons and secured the strips with double sided tape. Drop in a candle and you're done!
A big thank you to everyone who participated!