Friday DIY: Burlap Backdrop Wedding Decor Ideas

We’re serving up another fabulous Friday DIY for you today. Yesterday, I was running errands and popped into Pottery Barn. On my way out I picked up a Pottery Barn Kids catalog. I don’t have children but I love seeing all the decor ideas. While waiting for my car to be detailed I opened up the first page and fell in love. Granted this is an Easter display but just imagine this for your alter backdrop at an outdoor wedding, put it behind the cake table, or even use it as a photo booth backdrop. The options are endless!


Here’s what you need:

  • Inexpensive twin sheet
  • 7-9 yards of burlap (depending on how of a layered look you’re after) in coordinating shades. Can’t find colors you like? Grab white and use dye to create your own custom colors.
  • Scissors (not your best ones as burlap tends to dull blades but they’ll still need to be sharp)
  • Hot glue gun & glue
  • Things you may want on hand: Poster board or trash bag

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Find a large workspace.
    I’d use the floor at my house.
  2. Cut your burlap fabric into varying sizes of rectangles, squares, or even circles. Since I’m a little OCD I’d sort the fabric out by color or size just to make assembly a little easier. Next you’ll need to un-cramp your hand so find some fun exorcises and stretch it out. Then you’ll wanna get out the vacuum and clean up all the burlap fuzz. That stuff get’s everywhere!
  3. Iron your sheet if you like and heat up the glue gun. I like to put my glue gun on a paper plate or on a plate covered in foil. That way drips aren’t an issue.
  4. Now you’re ready to glue it all together. Lay out your sheet on the work space. Consider laying a piece of poster board or a trash bag under where you’re working because glue will seep through and you don’t want to glue a twin sheet sandwich to your floor. Right? Begin gluing burlap in a random pattern all over the sheet. Depending on the shape I’d only use glue across the top of the fabric piece so that the rest hangs and looks effortless. Once you have your first random layer, just keep adding pieces of burlap being sure to keep the colors varying.
  5. Now hang it up using clip rings you can find in the curtain aisle.

Overwhelmed, just Buy it on Amazon.

Need some hanging ideas? Create a frame using 3 tree limbs tied together with twine or how about using galvanized metal pipe from the hardware department for the frame. You could also string twine between two trees and use clothes pins to clip it up. See now you’ve got those creative juices flowing. If you make one of these, we’d love to see it so be sure to shoot us a photo!

Have a fabulous weekend lovelies!


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