Ribbon Backdrop Help!!

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@foreverthine:  

Materials:

1/2″ PVC pipe from home depot (I cut a 12′ piece into two 6′ pieces). When you buy pvc pipe at Home Depot the first cut is free, just be prepared to wait a while. If you need to make more cuts a PVC cutter is surprisingly easy to use. You can also build a stand to hold up the ribbon using PVC, they have loads of connector shapes.

Spray Paint PVC pipe is ugly, I spray painted them with a white primer and then spray painted them a metal color (all from Home Depot). Now they look like lovely colored metal pipes. Can’t figure out how to spray paint the pipe? My method was to take the thin neon orange rods that we stick in the ground before winter to show my FI where to snowblow. I stuck them in the ground and put the pipes on them and was able to spray paint the whole pipe at once. That description is weird but I can show you a picture later (not sure what they’re called). You may want to consider sealing the paint. I used a VHT spray.

Double sided Satin Ribbon THIS is where things can get expensive so be careful. I purchased my ribbon in bulk from Ribbons Unlimited. I HIGHLY recommend ordering complimentary samples before you buy from there. The ribbon color looks drastically different in person. Each rod is made of 36 pieces of ribbon that are 12′ long. A good way to cut back on this material cost is to not have the ribbons looped so that the length of ribbon is equal on both sides of the pipe. You can do something that looks similar to what I did with half as much ribbon. 

Glue I used some super strong glue dots to secure the ribbon to the pipe that I found at JoAnn fabrics. I was going to use Tacky Glue but was worried the ribbon would wrinkle.

Twist Ties I wanted extra security so I took some twist ties and twisted it around each ribbon strand right below the loop. Otherwise it might loosen.

Note: The ribbon was really wrinkled, I used my fabric steamer on it

For storage I used a Canvas tarp. I laid out the garland pipes on the canvas and rolled it up like a sandwhich wrap/burrito. It’s better to roll the ribbon than to just throw it in a box because there won’t be as many wrinkles. 

This picture was taken before I did most of te steps I described above. But it’s the only picture I have right now.

 

 

Post # 4
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351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

our rental company made a custome one for us with our colors. I don’t think they used PVC because the ribbons would be hung around the trees….I think they used rope.

This is a close up to the ribbons knots (it was windy that day so the ribbons moved with the wind, so pretty!)

Post # 5
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756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@alaskin17:  +1 

Rope is a great way to go too. You can fold it up smaller, re-sell it easier because shipping is easier, and the ribbon will naturally stay on it a bit better than PVC pipe because of all the friction rope has.  

I would have used rope for mine but decided that because of the way the arbor we’re using was set up, that it’d be best to snake a rope throgh the pipe and have it hang straight down from the highest piece of wood.

 

Post # 6
Hostess
10916 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I love ribbon backdrops, I’m in awe of them.

Post # 7
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607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

i love ribbon backdrops! i don’t think it’d go with my theme for the actual wedding but would love to see that at my bridal shower or somewhere! 😛

Post # 8
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3156 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I haven’t ever seen this!  I am in LOVE!  Please post pictures when you tackle this bad boy!

Post # 9
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9533 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Look at the price of that much ribbon. I was considering this until I calculated the ribbon cost.

Post # 10
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756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@JenGirl:  There might be cheaper ways to get satin ribbon, but ribbonsunlimited ended up being the best balance between cost and time for me. It’d be a bit more work, but you gat fabric on sale at a fabric store and make the ribbon strips yourself. Especially if you use plinking shears it probably wouldn’t fray much. 

Plus I plan to re-sell it afterward on Etsy or the boards for around the cost of materials. My goal is to only lose all the time it took to make it. 

 

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Another way to get the ribbon backdrop look without the ribbon is to use an inexpensive outdoor area rug like Korhani.They are on sale at this time of year too.

Canadian Tire Multi Colour Outdoor Reversible Rug (In-Store Only)

 

Starting a couple of inches from the top edge, just clip the crosswise threads that hold the vertical pieces in place all the way to the bottom. You will be left with a ribbon like piece held together by the top edge.

 

Post # 12
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42546 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@foreverthine:  It depends on where you are going to use the backdrop. Pipe and drape is a fairly easy DIY.

Another way to make a freestanding backdrop is to use two patio umbrella bases, insert a tall metal or wooden pole. You can insert a screw eye into the top of a wooden pole, or drill holes in the top of the pipe so you can stretch something across the top- a rope , a long bungee cord, another pole etc. then hang the backdrop from that.

Post # 15
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169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I used a sectional curtain rod for mine.    Do each piece seperately and then click them together for the ceremony.  It made it much easier to transport two 1 metre rods than to transport one 2 metre rod. 

If you want a cheaper alternative to ribbon, use fabric strips.   I got some cheap fabric on sale and I picked up some old lacey curtains at the thrift shop.   Cut them into long strips and then use them with the ribbon.   The lace actually looked really good and flowy.

 

 

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