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DIY Hanging Backdrop

Create your very own DIY hanging backdrop with these step-by-step instructions. Use it to decorate the door, dessert table, or anywhere that could use an extra burst of color.

The big focal point at my sister’s graduation was the dessert bar I put together – you can't have a “Smartie” Party without candy!

Rather than buying a generic plastic scene setter or spending a ton on a custom made backdrop I decided to make my own. My inspiration for this was the circular shape of the candies and the bright colors so many of them are made from.

Once I had all the supplies it honestly took all of a half an hour to create this. What really made it mess free and easy was the Glue Dots® I found. (I’ll never use a glue gun again!)

Here’s the how-to so you can recreate – this project can be used for any occasion, just leave off the grad cap embellishments or replace them with another kind that’s appropriate.

  • Permanent Glue Dots Dispenser®
  • Ribbon (I used a 1-inch wide white)
  • Cardstock in desired color scheme
  • 2-inch paper puncher
  • Any desired embellishments (I used grad cap ones I found at the craft store)

Step 1: Begin by punching out your circles from the cardstock. Though you could trace and cut these, I suggest investing in a hole puncher to make the process faster and the circles uniformed in size.

Step 2: Once you have your circles ready cut your ribbon into equal pieces. My ribbons fit 15 circles and measured about 5 1/2 feet in length.

Step 3: Next, lie your ribbons on a flat table surface to assemble. My table was wide enough and long enough to fit all 8 ribbons that I made, which was really helpful when creating a cohesive look. If you can’t fit that, try lying two so spacing between each circle is even.

Step 4: After your ribbons are laid out, begin attaching the circles. To do this, simply press and roll your Permanent Glue Dots Dispenser® over the ribbon where you want to place the circle. One Glue Dot® will do the trick, but I used two since my decorations were hung outside. Once the Glue Dots® are on the ribbon place a circle on top of it. That’s it!

Step 5: Repeat the process for each circle. I kept my circles about 2 inches apart.

Step 6: Once all your circles have been attached to the ribbon you can embellish. I used my Permanent Glue Dots Dispenser® to adhere grad cap embellishments I found at the craft store to various circles.

I hung my ribbon backdrop out in the yard along our fence and it looked fantastic. The Removable Glue Dots® I used to secure the ribbons to the fence did such a good job that I went out the day after the party to clean up and they looked as good as they did when I first hung them. (Don't use the Permanent Glue Dots® to attach your ribbons to the hanging surface.)

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