A backdrop is the perfect addition to any party, especially if you are having a dessert table or candy buffet. I see a backdrop as the fabric garland backdropfoundation that defines your parties theme/color scheme and is a great way to frame your dessert table or candy buffet and really make it pop. There are so many types of backdrops out there that you can either buy or DIY; however if you are on a budget then I highly suggest making your own backdrop, as you can make a customized backdrop that sets the tone for your parties theme in a few hours. With that being said, I’m going to show you a quick and easy tutorial for a Fabric Garland Backdrop. This is one of my favorite backdrops and it not only looks great but it’s extremely inexpensive to make.

Here is what you will need:

  • Rope/String
  • Fabric/Ribbon/Lace
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors

Fabric Garland Materials

First you need to determine how wide and long you want your fabric garland backdrop to be. This can be done by measuring the space that you want the backdrop to hang. My area measured 60″  wide by 50″ Long

Step 1: Measure and cut your rope or string. To determine the length of your rope/string you should take the width of the space that you are going to hang the fabric garland backdrop and then add about 16″ (This will give you about 8 extra inches on each side of the backdrop for hanging). My rope measured 76″ (60″ + 16″).

Step 2: Cut your Fabric and Ribbon. I cut my fabric and ribbon strips so that they were approximately 3 inches wide by 53 inches long that way after tying it on the rope it will hang down about 50 inches (the length of the space I want to hang the backdrop)

Step 3: Start by taking a strip of fabric and placing it behind the rope so that 2-3 inches of the fabric is above the rope

place fabric behind rope

Step 4: Take the top piece of the fabric strip and fold it over the rope

wrap top of fabric over rope

Step 5: Take the piece you just folded over the rope and bring it behind the fabric strip

fold behind fabric

Step 6: Take the piece you just brought behind the fabric and fold it over the bottom part of the fabric strip and through the area you folded over the rope (sorry if this doesn’t make sense, it’s hard to explain)

bring over and threw fabric

Step 8: Pull it tight so that it creates a single knot

pull tight to create a knot

Continue adding fabric strips rotating colors and textures as you go. As a side note, I found it easier to hang the rope and tie the fabric and ribbon strips to the rope while it’s hanging

continue adding strips of fabric

Keep adding strips of fabric and ribbon until you get to the end

add fabric strips all the way across

Add random strips of fabric and ribbon that are different lengths. This will add fullness to your fabric garland backdrop.

add scrap pieces of fabric and ribbon

And Viola…..

You now have a beautiful Fabric Garland Backdrop!!

DIY Fabric Garland Backdrop

The  lighting in the picture above wasn’t very good,  so I wanted to share a few additional pictures of my DIY Fabric Garland Backdrop. These were taken at my baby shower, so you can see how a Fabric Garland Backdrop looks when placed behind a food/dessert table.

fabric garland backdrop


fabric garland backdrop

Until Next Time…….


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