This is a tutorial on the ribbon backdrop I used for my stall at the JAAN Fashion Forum. Adding D.I.Y elements to your wedding is fun, saves money and gives it that personal, unique touch that adds warmth. It’s an easy project that you can do on your own to add some fun and charm to your wedding.
Clothes rack- I purchased this one from Kmart (equivalent to Walmart) for about $12
Gold Spray paint
Assorted ribbons- although you can hang anything you want, depending on the look you are going for. You can hang fabric, streamers, flowers, etc.
Flowers- of your choice. Today I went for purple wildflowers.
1. Spray paint clothes rack, after assembling it. I would suggest doing this outside, preferably on a day with minimal wind. Wear a face mask of sorts to protect your eyes, nose and mouth. Make sure you shake the can properly and check that the nozzle is in good working order. You can spray on a practice surface first just to get a feel for it. When you’re ready, spray the clothes rack from a distance of 20-30 cms and cover rack with even strokes. Don’t keep the spray paint on one area for too long.
2. After you have spray painted it and it has dried, attach ribbon, still in its roll, to the top of the rack, tying a double knot. Attach alternating colours of ribbon in a pattern to get a consistent look. It’s good to mix up types and sizes of ribbon to add interest.
3. Cut ribbon to the length of the rack, then continue the process with the rest of the roll and ribbons.
Adjust the ribbons, add more as needed and cut the lengths evenly. I haven’t cut them at the bottom because well, I couldn’t find scissors sharp enough at the time lol.
4. Experiment with the flowers to see what look you like best. Get creative! Once you’ve decided on an arrangement you like, attach to the rack with floral wire. You really don’t need much wire. See below for how much you can use.
Simply twist the wire around the stalks of the flowers at areas that will keep the flowers upright. (I’ve put the rack on a wooden box to increase the height. This will ensure that it will look nicer in photos):
5. Have fun with it! Here, my sister is modelling the vintage dress I repurposed:
Me adjusting le flowers