DIY Fabric Garland Backdrop


You guys know I love doing vintage markets, and I’ve written several posts about them which you can read here.  My problem (okay not really a problem) is – I’m always thinking of new ways to personalize my booth and make it both more eye-pleasing and functional.

The challenge:  What can I use as “walls” for my space that can be used indoors or outside, can be configured to different size spaces, is easily transportable, gives a little privacy from neighbor vendors, and is totally cohesive with my brand and style?

AND I wanted to be able to hang it from the “trees” that Guy in the Garage built for me because I totally love them.  (The pennant banners that I used before were just okay.)

How to make an easy DIY fabric garland backdrop to make a stunning focal wall for parties, weddings, vintage markets, or use as home decor. By Girl in the Garage

I spent about $85 on six neutral coordinating fabrics (about 2-4 yards each) to make a DIY fabric garland backdrop.  I’ve seen these online, used at weddings and birthday parties behind a cake table or anywhere you’d want a pretty backdrop (I have smaller ones I hang on my mantel sometimes).  But I wanted a really huge one about 5-6 ft. long and about 10 ft. wide to use as an entire wall (x2)…. By the way, I could’ve ordered these on Etsy but it would’ve cost me hundreds of dollars for this size.

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Besides the fabric, I used a Fiskars self-healing cutting mat, a Fiskars rotary cutter, a ruler, and jute rope.

How to make an easy DIY fabric garland backdrop to make a stunning focal wall for parties, weddings, vintage markets, or use as home decor. By Girl in the Garage

First, lay your fabric flat on the cutting mat.  You can have it folded in half to make cutting quicker.  Lay a ruler on the edge of the fabric and cut at 2-inch intervals.  The rotary cutter is an absolute must-have tool because using scissors would take forever and would make your hands cramp horribly.

Slide the ruler down about a foot at a time and keep an eye on it as you’re rolling the cutter.  The line should be as straight as possible, but it doesn’t need to be perfect.

How to make an easy DIY fabric garland backdrop to make a stunning focal wall for parties, weddings, vintage markets, or use as home decor. By Girl in the Garage

My very curious helper Rosie, our sweet boxer that we got in July.

The strips were all between 5-6 ft. long.

I got lucky and found a little bit of leftover lace from another project.  Lay the folded strips out for easy access and get the jute rope ready.

How to make an easy DIY fabric garland backdrop to make a stunning focal wall for parties, weddings, vintage markets, or use as home decor. By Girl in the Garage

Leave about 18 inches of empty cord on each end.  Then tie the strips on in no exact order, random is best.  Stagger the length a little too, tying some up higher and then letting the excess just hang down.  I like to tie them on in a loop knot so it’s a little prettier across the top of the garland.

How to make an easy DIY fabric garland backdrop to make a stunning focal wall for parties, weddings, vintage markets, or use as home decor. By Girl in the Garage

It was unseasonably hot at my last market, so the windows were open and fans were blowing.  I tied another jute string across about halfway down behind the DIY fabric garland to keep it from blowing wildly into my neighbors’ booths.  (But it is so pretty to watch it gently swaying in the breeze!)

How to make an easy DIY fabric garland backdrop to make a stunning focal wall for parties, weddings, vintage markets, or use as home decor. By Girl in the Garage

How to make an easy DIY fabric garland backdrop to make a stunning focal wall for parties, weddings, vintage markets, or use as home decor. By Girl in the Garage

This was my booth space.  It was really wide so it was hard to get a photo of the entire area, but you can see how the garland looks.  Because it was so wide and a little heavy, I used two stands from my lighting equipment to hold up the middle on each side.  Also I weighted down the trees with ankle weights for extra support.

How to make an easy DIY fabric garland backdrop to make a stunning focal wall for parties, weddings, vintage markets, or use as home decor. By Girl in the Garage

I’ll always have a special place in my heart for this plain midcentury dresser turned faux card catalog.  You can read about that makeover Here.

Plain dresser to DIY faux card catalog

We also made a new wooden sign for my market space, since the hanging banner that I use in my antique booth is too small for this wide space.  (I’m really happy with how it turned out, especially since we’re still pretty new to making signs!)

DIY wooden business sign by Girl in the Garage

How to make an easy DIY fabric garland backdrop to make a stunning focal wall for parties, weddings, vintage markets, or use as home decor. By Girl in the Garage

Here’s a pinnable image if you want to save or share this project (you can pin via the buttons at the top or bottom of this post):

How to make an easy DIY fabric garland backdrop to make a stunning focal wall for parties, weddings, vintage markets, or use as home decor. By Girl in the Garage

I had so many comments and compliments on my DIY fabric garland backdrop walls that I’m seriously considering making more (smaller ones) to sell at markets and in my booth.  Where would you use a garland like this – at a party or maybe for seasonal decor?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

Jen


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13 Comments on DIY Fabric Garland Backdrop

  1. Robyn Wright
    December 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm (1 month ago)

    I love them and I’ve been saving my scraps to make a small one for my craft room. Then I will have memory of the different fabrics I’ve used in my creations. For your space, it looks very elegant!

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    • Jen
      December 14, 2017 at 9:31 pm (1 month ago)

      Thank you Robyn! I love your idea of using fabric scraps from past projects. I’m sure you’ll smile every time you look at it. 🙂

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  2. Rita
    December 14, 2017 at 2:05 pm (1 month ago)

    Your garland is so clever and so portable. I love your blog. Do you get together with some of the other Indiana bloggers? I grew up in Indiana so I’m partial to Indiana bloggers.

    Happy holidays, Rita

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    • Jen
      December 14, 2017 at 9:30 pm (1 month ago)

      Hi Rita,
      Thank you so much! Yes I’m friends with several other Indiana bloggers, we see each other at least once a year. All the Indiana bloggers that I’ve met are such sweethearts. 🙂

      Reply
  3. Colette
    December 15, 2017 at 12:13 am (1 month ago)

    LOVE
    Simplicity is stunning!

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  4. Carol
    December 15, 2017 at 5:26 am (1 month ago)

    Love it! I have several short ones that I hang from my mantle – Spring, red, white,blue we use from Memorial Day, Jul4 and Labor Day; Christmas (all plaids). I want to do one for fall and another for Christmas so plaid one can be for winter. I could see using this on deck or patio – just so many uses.

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  5. Beth
    December 15, 2017 at 7:34 am (1 month ago)

    Jen that fabric garland is such a great idea to pretty up a space!!! It is so soft and inviting, just draws you in! I tried to attend one of the shows you were at here in northern Indiana in the fall, but ended up having to work. One of these days I’ll get to one. I want to support a fellow hoosier!
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  6. Julie
    December 16, 2017 at 11:49 am (1 month ago)

    Lovely and your booth and work it’s fantastic. Thanks

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    • Jen
      December 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm (1 month ago)

      Thank you for the sweet compliment, Julie!

      Reply
  7. Marie
    December 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm (1 month ago)

    This is a great idea, Jen. I lug around 6 heavy painted bifold doors that then get screwed to custom bases. It’s exhausting setting them up.

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    • Jen
      December 20, 2017 at 10:06 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Oh yeah, that doesn’t sound fun at all! But I bet it looks good when it’s all set up. Maybe think about switching to a simpler setup if you’re going to continue doing markets long term? You don’t want to hurt yourself! 🙂

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  8. Jeanne Porterfield
    December 19, 2017 at 10:24 am (4 weeks ago)

    This is the post I have been waiting for. I love to pick but it is so hard to be accepted to a juried show if you do not have a business facebook page or pictures of your previous booth space. I am trying to do a few shows during 2018 so thank you again for this post.

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