Today, I’m going to share how to recreate the backdrop I crafted for our Luxe Circus shoot. From the moment I spied Jordan’s tutorial on how to make fringe streamers, I knew I needed to make them into a backdrop for something. Over a year later, I finally found an excuse! It took me quite a while to put this three foot section together, but I had a newborn on my hands when I was crafting it. I expect not being sleepy and having to care for a baby would drastically speed up the process! Nonetheless, I was incredibly pleased with the way it turned out and thought it made a beautiful statement behind our little dessert table. It would also be great for a photo booth, though you’d probably need to create multiple 3 foot sections for that!
Image by Canary Grey Photography.
- 1/4″ thick, 3′ long dowel
- approximately eight packs of crepe paper folds* (ours uses two packs each of four colors)
- gold sequin string
- hot glue gun and glue
- flat sheet, fabric yardage, or shower curtain (optional)
Unpack your crepe paper, but do not unfold them. Using a ruler to measure, cut the folds into 2″ wide strips, and set each aside without unfurling them. When all of your crepe paper has been cut, use your scissors to create fringe on the sides. Make evenly spaced cuts into the folded up crepe that go towards, but not completely to, the center. You’ll want to keep at least 1/2″ in the middle uncut so you don’t accidentally cut through the crepe strip completely. Repeat on both edges of each strip of crepe. *Note: It’s important to use folds on this project rather than the standard crepe rolls you’ll find at any party store. While this can be accomplished with rolls, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and certainly a lot of hand pain if you don’t have to make the fringe cuts individually for all 7 feet.
Lay your dowel out and warm up your glue gun. Determine the pattern you want to glue your strips in. I recommend alternating between lights and darks if you have a lot of contrast in your color palette. For our display, I placed them in the following pattern: pink, orange, white, magenta.
Unfold each strip of crepe just before gluing. Apply the hot glue from the back to the front of the dowel, so the crepe streamer will wrap around 180 degrees when placed onto the glue. Continue to glue the crepe strips down in the pattern you designed until you reach the end of the dowel.
Cut 7′ long strips of gold sequin string to match the length of the crepe streamers. Use a small dot of hot glue at the top and bottom of the sequin string to secure the sequins in place, so the string doesn’t unravel later. Glue the sequin string strands to the dowel in between each set of crepe streamers the same way you attached the crepe. If you were replicating our backdrop, for example, your pattern would now be: pink, sequin, orange, sequin, white, sequin, magenta, sequin.
Start your second layer of crepe steamers. Start with the reverse of the pattern you constructed earlier So that a different color will land on top of the first layer. Glue these steamers offset from the initial layer, so each streamer is centered on a sequin strand. Continue gluing until the layer is finished.
You can add additional sequins strands to this layer if you desire, or you can add extra layers of crepe. Our display uses two layers, only one with sequins. I recommend your final layer does not include sequin strands so the look is a little softer, with subtle shimmer coming through. We also lined our backdrop with a ruffled shower curtain from Urban Outfitters to clean up the look. While it could be hung without a backer, using a flat bedding sheet, ironed fabric, or a window or shower curtain behind this backdrop will keep the focus on the fringe and shimmer rather than what’s peeking through behind it.