Do you all remember this wedding and the crazy good backdrop that created quite the internet commotion? Stunning and totally DIY if you can believe it. Well we stalked the Bride and her awesomely talented designer friend, Katie M Kulper and begged them to spill the beans on making that beauty. And they soooo delivered. Katie teamed up with Allie Rae Photography and Commonwealth vintage rentals to bring you this DIY Wax Paper Backdrop. So go ahead and pin it, rave about it, add it to your favorites folder and then make it. Your wedding ceremony will thank you.

From Katie M Kulper… What I love about this backdrop is it’s simplicity. The light and airy quality is impactful yet doesn’t take attention away from the bride and groom. With little more than string, ribbon and paper, you can create a backdrop of any size to suit any venue. The cost of materials is minimal and the time it takes can be greatly reduced by getting a few nimble fingered friends together.


DIY Wax Paper Backdrop



10+ yards of ribbon
size 10 crochet string
tapestry needle, scissors
1 1/2 boxes of interfolded waxed deli sheets
match stick


step-1Fold waxed paper sheet in half to form a square and cut out circle shape.

step-2Cut circle in half and set aside. Cut crochet string to desired length and tie a slip knot on one end.

step-3Fold half-circle into cone shape by turning the corners in towards each other so that they overlap. Secure cone shape by stitching in and out of where the paper overlaps.

step-4Fill length of string with cones, leaving about a finger’s width of space between each cone.

step-5Prepare the ribbon by trimming a clean angled end. To keep end from fraying and unraveling, lightly singe the ribbon’s edge. Thread the ribbon through the slip knot loops.

step-6Synch down slip knots to hold cone strands in place. Leave about a finger’s width between each strand.

step-7Trim away the tails of the slip knots.

step-8Continue to repeat this process until length of ribbon is full.

Photography: Allie Rae Photography | Backdrop Design: Carol Hung | Vintage Rentals: Common Wealth