Giant Flower Backdrop

March 9, 2018 at 12:56 pm 5 comments

Hey! How are you all?

It was my eldest daughter’s 21st Birthday a few weeks back, and we had a family get together at our house. I wanted to do something a little different to try and spruce the main room up near the food. I looked at backdrops ( not cheap), filling the ceiling with balloons ( our ceilings are large so definitely not inexpensive) and thought about decorating one of the walls.

I went for giant flowers- but in a pared back way. I thought I’d share and talk about what I learned. Here’s the birthday girl next to the wall.

This is what it looked like on the evening ( no light!!) with the 21st numbers. I simply cut them from gold vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo and stuck onto card and trimmed around ( the card would have been too thick for the Silhouette to cut which is why I did it that way! )

The photo below is what it looked like once I’d finished it. Our walls are tall and big, so hopefully the vase of real flowers gives a bit of scale.

So to start with, I looked online and there are lots of tutorials. To be honest you’re just better at thinking about how you’d make a smaller scale paper flower and going from there but just sizing up. Think of a petal shape, give it wide-ish bottom and cut out either 2 or 3 sizes and as many petals as you want.

I curled my using a bone folder which I highly recommend as it gives better dimension- and the main two supplies? Cardstock and a glue gun!

I laid them out all over the house until I had what I thought were enough!

Then, lay them onto a table- this is a really important step, as it will help visualise the finished look and you can see how to fit them together by taking a photo for reference.

Once I’d put them together- and you’ll plenty of cardstock and plenty of hot glue, I arranged them onto large pieces of white cardstock ( the wall is white so it made sense to try and disguise the ‘workings’. I stuck them onto card in sections; 3-4 per section so I could mount them separately and it not be too weighty for the adhesive. Trim around the edges of the card so you see the flowers and not the edges of the card support.

The adhesive was Command Strips for hanging pictures so I knew it would take plenty of weight. I attached them all – make sure you hear the joining strips click well together ( this is different to Velcro) and admire your handiwork.

I didn’t think they’d last- thought they’d have fallen off, but the day it took to make the flowers and the half day arranging and hanging weren’t wasted; they’re now a pretty permanent fixture ( minus the 21!)

If you ever need a space decorating, I’d really recommend trying this. It’s unique, gives a great backdrop for photos and lets you use up odd bits of cardstock you have lying around!

What’s the best decoration you’ve created for a celebration?!

Keren x


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  • 1. Michele F  |  March 9, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Keren, first off congratulations to your daughter! She must have loved that you put all this love into decoration for her party! I’d love it, that’s for sure!
    Gorgeous, my friend!


  • 2. Conil  |  March 9, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Twenty-one…I remember turning 21 although, considering the amount of booze I drank, I shouldn’t. You daughter must be over the moon with this arrangement and the amount of care, talent and time it took to achieve it. It is truly gorgeous and large. It is really nice that it is lasting so long.
    Wishing that her birthday and the coming year is everything she hopes for and that she enjoys them.
    Glad to see you got home all right after your trade show fun.


  • 3. Talida Ionita  |  March 9, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Fabulous!Love them, Keren! And the decorated wall – amazing as well! Happy birthday to your daughter!
    I discovered a while ago Lia Grifith( and her tutorials on making paper flowers. I made some gorgeous anemones for my youngest niece/goddaughter’s christening. Amazing!


  • 4. Jean Timms  |  March 9, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Keren that’s gorgeous, been enjoying the road show fun. They’ll be employing you soon. Hope she had a lovely birthday


  • 5. Happy Ink Designs  |  March 11, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Wow! These are stunning.



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