Thursday, September 8, 2011

Make a Tissue Daisy Fan Backdrop


You've seen the gorgeous tissue and paper daisy fan backdrops around the party blogs...have you ever wondered how to hang the daisies to create your own DIY backdrop?


Tissue daisies and backdrop fans are an inexpensive way to add bold pops of color to your party space.  Just like the fans our moms used when we were kids, now the trend is to group large bunches of tissue daisies (in your party colors) to create a unique and colorful backdrop for your dessert or presents table.


Let me show you one way I like to hang my daisies:


I started with a 24" x 36" blank artist's canvas (that's what I had on hand).  For your backdrop board, really anything will work.  A piece of plywood, foam core, a sheet, plexiglass, a corkboard or even a gigantic picture frame you found on clearance.  You just need something that you don't mind using hot glue on...something that your daisies will be stuck on for a while (until your next party with a different color scheme).


I first tried using double-stick tape.  That was a no-go.  Not secure and who wants tissue daisies flopping off their board in the middle of their party on top of the cake and desserts?  Not me.  So fire up your glue gun and while it heats up, gather your supplies:

  • Hot glue gun and glue stick(s), depending on the size of your boad + number of daisies
  • Cardstock, white or any patterned cardstock you have (will not show in finished product)
  • Scissors
  • Tissue Daisies, Backdrop Fans, Honeycomb Globes (opened 1/2 way) or Handmade Fans
  • Your board, canvas, foam core, frame or fabric screen/backdrop


Cut your cardstock into approximately 2.75" x 8.5" strips, then cut each strip in half.



Fold each 2.75" x 4.25" rectangle in half again.  Then, fold back the edges like you're starting to make a mini paper airplane or a mini "M" shape.



This little piece of cardboard is our TOP-SECRET METHOD for hanging your daisies securely on your backdrop board. Not really, but this is the secret to creating a FLAT surface on the back of the delicate tissue daisies and fans (which are anything but flat). Now you know the secret (wink)!



Now your hot glue gun should be all warmed up right now and ready to get to work.  Open your tissue daisy fan from the package and grab one top-secret mini "M" cardstock piece.  Your going to place the center fold of your "M" into the space where your daisy ends come together.




First, place hot glue in the center fold and press your "M" together. Now place hot glue on one of the "M" sides and press into one tissue daisy cardboard side.





Now squeeze hot glue on the other "M" side and along the other tissue daisy side and press the whole long piece together. Your daisy will be glued together with your cute little flat side now on the back, ready to go on your board.


Squeeze a few strips of hot glue onto your flat backing and press into place on your backdrop board.  This is what the flat strip looks like from the back, attached to my canvas:



Repeat these steps for each tissue daisy or backdrop fan until your board or canvas is all filled up with these gorgeous, bold, vibrant and inexpensive party decorations!



I hope you like this method and the super-secret cardstock folding trick!  You can also finish the tops of your tissue daisies by cutting off the cardboard tops or tying on a big ribbon bow.


Have fun and send us your tissue daisy party backdrop photos to polkadotbirthday@gmail.com.

I'd love to hear what you think or if you have questions, please post a comment.

7 comments:

  1. Great article, fantastic detail, many thanks for sharing !

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  2. Oh I like this.
    Simple yet creative way to get a wonderful backdrop to the party setting. Your photo's are self explanatory and would help others get there own birthday party backdrop ready for their kids big day.

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  3. You have lovely ideas. Really creative and modern. Thanks for sharing

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  4. And! I really appreciate the simple yet effective way you demonstrated that! It's great to see good work in action!

    Thanks again

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  6. I just bought some tissue daisies from your website and they are great!! I was just searching online on a way to hang them and came across your blog! Thanks for the tips!!

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