Elsie’s Wedding Day DIY Flower Wall






Jeremy and I had so much fun making this flower back drop for our wedding ceremony. Since sharing photos we've had dozens of requests for an in-depth tutorial on how we created this back drop. It's actually really easy and would be fun for a photo booth too! 

There are a lot of different types of tissue ornaments in the mix. First there are paper fans or accordion flowers. I purchase a bunch of these and these from Bake It Pretty. They are inexpensive and usually around 12 inches wide, so they cover space well. The biggest bulk of the back drop is made with tissue paper pom poms. I learned to make paper pom poms in girl scouts (YEAH!) and more recently a prettier version from my friend Rachel's blog. She kindly gave me permission to share her beautiful photo how-to with you here…


1. Gather five or seven or nine (must be an odd number to get this look) pieces of tissue paper in two monochromatic shades (pinks & yellows, greens & blues) that compliment each other and cut them three times as long as they are wide. You'll also need some twine or embroidery thread. 2. With your papers stacked, fold them into a fan like so. 3. Trim off the ends at an angle for a petal effect. 4. Tie it together in the middle with your knot and extra string on the edge of the color you want at the top. I wanted yellow at the top of mine. 5. Fan out and pinch around the knotted area in between the folds to help it stay fanned. 6. Very gently, start peeling your layers down. Do them one side at a time so it all looks even when you're done. Your middle layer should stick out in the center but you can peel it to the top or bottom a little here and there to make it look a little more like a flower.


The pom poms we made for our backdrop are just a slight variation of this method. You don't have to fluff out both sides, because one side will lay flat against the wall. Also some of the flowers on our backdrop have a more rounded (scalloped) petal or a deeper fringe. You can experiment with slightly different techniques when cutting the petals to create different looks.


To hang the pieces we nailed and adhered them directly to the wall. Since this isn't possible on most walls, I recommend cutting a huge cardboard backing (as wide and tall as you want your entire piece) and the using hot glue to adhere all your flowers. Then you would only need to use a few nails to secure it to the wall, causing minimal damage. Other elements that we included in our backdrop were fringe flowers cut from plastic bags, feathers and fabric squares. I recommend sticking with a general color scheme (we chose jewel tones) that has some room for variety.

I hope this tutorial has been helpful! Remember, a smaller scale version would be super cute for a photo booth or party table. xo. elsie 

Photos by Kinsey Mhire, Arrow & Apple and Rachel Denbow. 

  • Love this wall! Tried to find the paper fans and accordion flowers on the Bake it Pretty site, but, only found cupcake papers?

  • Backdrop is more than original. Lovely background for making photos with guests. But, the venue!! So vintage, so in your style!
    All the best for you two!


  • Thank you for giving this amazing idea! I Really like it as a back drop for images…think I might just want to have a happy/frilly walls like this in my home

  • Incredible!
    Just love it. I will do it for my daughter’s wall over the bed. Really sugar!!!!!
    Greetings from Stuttgart, Germany!

  • The floral pattern you have as a background to your materials, I have a bra from Target with that same design!

    Oh, and I LOVE this. Nothing like personal touches to your wedding.

  • I LOVE your blog! You have made me obsessed with DIY projects! I can’t wait for more that you post! (:

  • i’m so happy to have found your blog. I enjoyed reading it, bookmarked! Hahaha!

    Anyway, love your wedding..simple and so lovely..


  • Love this idea! Can’t wait to make paper flowers for my next party or event. However, what I really want to know is…I love your dress (black and white chevron) and green stockings. Where did you find this great outfit!

  • I love the wall of flowers…what a fun and creative way to add color to your wedding.


  • You are seriously the most creative thing on the internet! This is beautiful! 🙂

  • Make yourself a better person and know who you are before you try and know someone else and expect them to know you.

  • Hi! I featured your lovely pom pom wall on my blog


  • “cut them three times as long as they are wide”

    I think this might be incorrect? I tried to do it with this ratio and there was not enough to expand it into a circle (it was more of a bow shape) but when I did it twice as long as wide, it worked.

  • wow ,welcome to :

  • great for a winter!


  • I loved this so much in all your wedding pics. I may make a chrismassy one for beside my table this year!

  • I should have known you made it all yourself. You wouldn’t believe how many people I have been sharing your wedding theme with (and your blog in general!). Its so perfect <3


    Katrina’s photoblog: http://www.katrinaharrison.com/

  • AMAZING! I love this and I love the inspiration behind it.

    Lou x

  • We did something using the same honeycomb tissue decorations behind our head table. We don’t have our pro photos back yet but here’s a snapshot from one of our guests (immediately after taking a bite of cake)! We also had them hanging from the ceiling… 12 dozen total!


  • I used this same method as a backdrop for my photobooth at my wedding! I should have ordered/made more but it still looked great!

    You can see it below!


  • I was just on your site last night looking at your pictures of this wall trying to figure out the different methods you used! YEA! My wedding is months away, but this will now be my current fixation of wedding decor musts. Thankyou!

  • I love love love this! I have a huge blank wall in my apartment and I think a smaller version would be perfect.

  • The most beautiful wedding ever! I just love that there was so much creativity and personality incorporated into your special day. Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?

    This was one of my VERY many favorite parts!
    So happy for y’all!


  • your wedding decor was absolutely magical!


  • The flower wall was beautiful, but the rest of the room… so ugly. Why did you choose this place?


  • This is such a colourful and cool idea for a backdrop. It definitely made the wall look so interesting! It added a lot of character to it! I really love your creative ideas!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. 🙂



  • So pretty!!! I think I might use that tutorial for the flower pom poms for my mom’s birthday in January! She would be so excited!!


  • So pretty! I used the same technique to make a wreath of black flowers to wear on my head for a Day of the Dead party but tied the centers with pipecleaners that made connecting them easy. We also made bouquets and corsages. Very fun and quick project!

  • Thanks for this I was wondering what exactly went into you backdrop. We used to make flowers like this in my youth group all the time, I think they are kind of awesome.

  • I love the constrast it adds to the worn down building. It completely puts the focus on the people and the flowe wall. Awesome spot to have a wedding!

  • Oh, I really like Rachel’s version of the pom pom. I made some “regular” ones for our wedding reception, but I like the different colors and unique shape of Rachel’s. So cute!

  • I remember making those tissue flowers in art camp..many, many years ago. who would have thought you could incorporate them into that!!! Beautiful! You had the most creative/adorable wedding ever!

  • My comment is that I congratulate you both on the simplicity of it all and thank you for showing that a couple can get married anywhere on this earth without all the fanfare and glitz. You have shown that the only thing of importance is the couple who are pledging their love to each other. My husband and I have been married 41 years by a Justice of the Peace. We had 2 witnesses who we didn’t even know. The focus was on us. Congrats to you and your man. May you always be as happy as you were on your day.

  • The flower backdrop just look so perfect behind you both for the pictures. I will try this but I’m not too crafty so I doubt it would look as great as yours. I may have to recreate it on a smaller scale for a party table :). xo


  • oh, this is so pretty! and i love diy weddings! seems like everyone is spending a lot of money on weddings, when they could make something beautiful themselves! thanx for sharing!

  • You selected really pretty colours for this neat project! It looks great.

    Loulou @ Loulou Downtown

  • your backdrop has to be my favorite thing about your wedding!!




  • This is the most beautiful creative wedding idea I’ve seen in a looong time. Thank you for sharing.

  • thanks for making this into a tutorial, I loved it when I saw it back in your wedding pictures and it looks easy enough to do, great!! 🙂

  • this looks amazing, i might try this for behind my bed. it’s lacking something amazing!

  • I really like this.

    I’ve been thinking of adding a DIY wedding section to my site and you’ve definitely inspired me!

    It’s incredible what people can create.

    Really beautiful stuff Elsie.


  • ha! i spent a long time yesterday looking for a tutorial on this and now you’ve posted it! it’s a sign! i’m going to make some for christmas. i love your blog its so inspiring. thank you!

  • Hooray, I’ve been wanting to know about the wall decor for ages! <3 It is so beautiful, Elsie! I’m so glad I can make one myself now!


  • The flower wall u created for your wedding is absolutely beautiful! Even more so when it’s the couple who made them together. Thanx for sharing this!

    Fang Ting

  • So great – I loved seeing your wedding photos and all of the amazing personal touches you created. This wall was so stunning!
    I helped a friend with her wedding last year and we hung a bunch of these paper pom-poms along the outdoor pool at her reception 🙂 so simple, cheap, and PRETTY!

  • This is fantastic! I would like it as a piece of art in my bedroom!

    Thanks for your blog course by the way- it’s such a great read.

  • Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea! I Love it as a backdrop for pictures…think I might just want to have a happy/frilly wall like this in my house 24/7/365! 🙂

  • Great DIY! I really loved the way all of the flowers looked for your wedding. I think the jewel-tones were beautiful! xo

  • Lovely , I always read your blog ,soy tu fan 😉
    y esta pared de la boda quedo genial

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