Floral Wreath Photo Backdrop DIY
Last year, I created a Hot Air Balloon Photobooth for a sweet little girl’s birthday party. For her 2nd birthday, we wanted to continue the tradition – so we made a Floral Wreath background based loosely on her invitation. The best part – the flowers are made from brown paper lunch bags – the kind you get at the grocery store for 99¢.
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Materials: Brown paper lunch bags (about 50), scissors, stapler, hole punch, thin wire, 1/8″ aluminum wire (20 feet), wire cutters, yellow, pink, peach and teal spray paint, green crepe paper for leaves
Step 1: Cut the top off a paper bag, making scallops with your scissors.
Step 2: Flatten the paper bag, then fold it in thirds, to make a point. Staple the point and punch a hole in it.
Step 3: Repeat with 3 more bags.
Step 4: Overlap all four bags and staple the bottoms to each other so they make a long line. Gently bend them into a circle to create a flower. Fluff and manipulate the paper to give the flower some volume.
Step 5: Thread wire through the holes at the bottom. (You may have to punch more holes to secure the wire).
Step 6: Repeat this process to create 10 – 12 flowers. Experiment with different sizes and shaped petals (scalloped vs. pointed, or thin strips to create a ‘marigold’ or stamen shape).
Step 7: Spray paint some of the flowers in a ventilated space. If you are combining colors, wait til they are completely dry to assemble the flower.
Step 8: Create 10 – 12 leaves out of crepe paper. I used these directions (slide 17 of 19 for leaves – size them up to be about 12 – 14 inches).
Step 9: Form the 1/8″ aluminum wire into a giant wreath shape.
Step 10: Cover the silver wire with green tape.
Step 11: Attach bunches of flowers and leaves to the wire frame using tape and thin wire. I chose to place them in three groupings – if you wanted, you could make triple the number of flowers and cover the entire frame.
Step 12: Cover the exposed wire with 2-inch overlapping green crepe paper leaves, using tape.
Step 13: Hang and enjoy!
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