Welcome to the most versatile party DIY you will ever meet. The Fringed Letter Backdrop isn’t just for puppy bowls but it sure does look cute back-dropping it’s way through our version of a super bowl party. Imagine it at a birthday celebration, as a banner behind a well styled bar cart or just because in a nursery. It’s the jack of all DIY trades and it’s easy. Need we say more?
Paper mache letters
1-2 packs gold foil tissue
Stapler and staples
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Clear fishing line
Neutral baker’s twine
Gold, white, and kraft cardstock paper
Unfold the foil until the sheets are still stacked but no longer folded. Cut the gold foil into long strips about 2” wide. Staple either end of the strips so all the sheets stay together.
Fringe the length of each strip with the fringing scissors, then remove the staples to separate the fringe layers. Leave a few strips unfringed so you can use it to patch any tricky spots on the letters.
Wrap each letter in fringe strips, starting from the bottom of the letter and working your way up. Using one layer of fringe at a time, hot glue to secure around the letter and cut off any excess fringe. Place the next layer of fringe about ½” higher than the last layer of fringe and repeat.
In the tricky areas of letters like the cutout of an A shape, lay the fringe straight across like normal and glue in place, then trim any fringe that is in the cutout space and add extra fringe around the sides. Along the horizontal bar of the A, line the top of the fringe along the top of the bar, then trim the fringe to match the rest of the fringe pattern.
Cut triangle pennants out of the cardstock paper that are roughly 1.5” tall and glue onto strands of baker’s twine. Tape the strands of twine to the wall.
Use the fishing line to hang the letters from the ceiling, or use masking tape to tape the letters to the wall. If hanging, use a drill with a small bit to drill small holes in the top of the letters to string the fishing line through- make sure to drill the holes on both sides of a letter like W so it will be balanced when hanging.
Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: SMP Living