With my husband’s 30th birthday and my baby shower both coming up in a couple of weeks, I’m in full on party planning mode! So naturally, when I found out that Carter, Jessica‘s totally adorable son, is having his third birthday party soon, I knew I wanted to help out with some of the decor (with Jessica’s blessing, of course)!
This DIY tissue paper backdrop is a pretty easy craft, and really adds a celebratory atmosphere to any party. (If you’re feeling especially ambitious, you could even make this to cover an entire wall and use it as a backdrop for photos.)
But the best part is that you can customize it to any event just by changing up the colors. Bright, bold colors are great for birthdays, and soft pastels are great for baby showers, bridal showers and weddings. You could even go neon if you’re feeling especially trendy! I chose to do mine in a blue ombré because I thought it would go well with just about any boys’ color scheme. (And with so many shades of blue in there, I figured Jess was bound to use at least one of them for the party!)
How to make a tissue paper backdrop:
- Tissue paper (7-10 pieces of each color)
- 5 square paper plates (dinner size)
- Bakers twine (or any other kind of string you want to use)
- X-acto knife
- Small hole punch
- 3m hooks
Step 1: Cut off the corners of the square plates. (This allows for easier assembly later in the process.)
Step 2: Cut the tissue paper into roughly 6″ x 4″ pieces (about the equivalent to folding the tissue paper in halves until you have 8 quadrants).
Step 3: Using a small hole punch and an X-acto knife, begin punching holes and cutting x marks into the paper plate until you’ve filled it with “holes” that are about an inch apart. (The hole punch was easier, but it didn’t reach to the center of the plate, which is why I also had to use an X-acto knife.) It’s not attractive, but don’t worry it gets prettier as you go!
Step 4: Take one piece of cut tissue paper, pinch at the center, and twist until you have a small point formed.
Step 5: Push the pointed end of the twisted tissue paper into the center of the plate. Repeat this step until all 5 plates are full of tissue paper, fluffing and spacing them out as you go. Make sure to fill in any gaps you may see at the end.
I had a really hard time finding the right shades of tissue paper locally, but came across an Etsy store that I quickly fell in love with. Chloe of Pomtree has LOTS of trendy colors you can choose from. (I’m big on color, so this was a huge find for me, especially right before my baby shower!)
Step 6: Once the plates are full, flip them over and align them on the cut/flat ends of the plate. Then punch a hole on each plate and string together.
As you can see, I didn’t use all the holes I made because my plate was full enough. But I find that it’s just easier to make all the holes at once so you’re not constantly picking up and putting down the scissors/X-acto knife.
Step 7: See my previous blog post on how to make tissue paper tassels to get you started on this step. However, instead of stringing them up to hang horizontally, cut a long piece of string and knot your first tassel in place about 3-5 inches from the top.
Step 8: Add the remaining tassels, leaving about 3-5 inches in between each tassel, knotting them as you go (this is what gives it the length). Cut off the remaining string, and repeat steps 7-8 until your desired number of tassel strings have been created.
Step 9: Punch a hole at the bottom of each of the plates you want to attach the tassels to. Next, carefully thread the top of the string of tassels through one of the punched holes, and knot it off on the back of the plate (so you can’t see where it’s attached from the front).
Step 10: Punch holes in the middles of the top row of plates and run a string through them, keeping the string somewhat taut (this will help keep the shape of the plates from drooping once it’s hung). Then, just grab a couple 3m hooks and find a good spot to hang your beautiful backdrop!
Stay tuned for photos from Carter’s party to see this backdrop in action. And as always, let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions!