Jul 10, 2010

DIY Vintage Ribbon Backdrop

If you were here yesterday, then you saw the jaw-dropping vintage guest dessert table feature from Blair Britt Events. I’m back here today with Blair’s how-to of that beautiful ribbon backdrop. For this wedding, the bride wanted an eclectic ribbon, lace, and fabric backdrop, so Blair found lots of textures and colors that worked with their wedding style. However, you can use any kind of ribbon to make a stunning ribbon backdrop. Here is the how-to…

In order to create this backdrop, assemble a pvc frame that fits the dimensions of your table (alternatively you can cut a large piece of foam core that fit the dimensions of your table). Cover the pvc frame or backdrop with sewn channels of white fabric to soften the look of the pipe in case it happens to peek through the draped backdrop. Rip fabric into long strips (width should be according to how thick you want your strips to be). Hang strips over the top of the frame, attaching them with a simple safety pin on the backside. Cut long pieces of lace trim and ribbons and add these strips in the gaps between the fabric strips using the same safety pin method. Continue to layer strips of fabric, ribbon, and lace until you achieve the desired look. If you wish, create a personalized bunting (Blair created a bunting using doilies, twine, and clothespins) and attach the bunting to the backdrop with pins.

Be back next week with Behind-the-Scenes and Ask Amy.

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  • Love this ribbon! so cute!

  • Thank you for de-mystifying it for us!! 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  • Wendy

    Loving this! So pretty!

  • Mummyliz

    Absolutely stunning, just gorgeous.

  • Love this idea! Thanks for sharing it. I’ll be featuring it on my blog in a few weeks. 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing this idea, I might just snitch it for my up and coming 10 yr old birthday party 😉 The backdrop wall is boring cream and I have been scratching my head on how to jazz it up without damaging it.

  • Flavia

    Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the DIY!

  • Simply gorgeous!

  • Sweet! Truly defines vintage!

  • I am new to your blog and have already fell in love! I love all of your DIY’s! I am about to start planning a baby shower for my best friend and i’m getting so many ideas from you! Keep it up!


  • love the vintage feel & pastel colors. this would be fantastic for a bridal AND baby shower! great blog…love your layout!

  • persis

    great DIY!

    just passing by your blog and i have to say its GORGEOUS. esp your header!! do drop by mine too when you have some time. perhaps we can follow each other. =)


  • Kelby P

    How do you keep your PVC pipe standing up? Do you weight it down?

    • hey kelby – we made footings for the pvc, the footings were in the shape of an upside down T once they were connected to the vertical pieces… if you use a 3 way pvc joint you can plug the vertical pipe into the middle while having 2 horizontal pipes connecting to the other 2 joint openings which sit on the ground… i hope that helps/makes sense?

      if you have further questions feel free to shoot me a message and i can help out you a little bit more



  • Lindsay

    I was wondering how you got the letters onto the doilies?