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