DIY Ombre Tissue Paper Photobooth Backdrop




I. Am. Pumped. And I will tell you why. A few weeks ago I showed you this awesome studio, and today we get to unveil the video that we shot there! My pal Chris at 25th Hour Films is an absolute genius of a doll of a human. And he’s to thank for this, Lovely Indeed’s first ever fancy professional film.

Whenever we’ve had videos in the past, it’s been me and Mr. Lovely, trading being behind the camera and figuring things out ourselves. But this was a whole different story, dudes. Chris knows what he’s doing (check out some of his other videos for mad proof, yo).

And now, for all you DIY fiends out there, check out the video DIY! It’s a super simple project but packs quite a punch.

A few details for you, if you like to read.


  • tissue paper in varying shades
  • scissors
  • chicken wire
  • wire cutters
  • zip ties
  • photo backdrop framework

Make Time: 3 Hours

Cut a bunch of tissue paper into large squares or rectangles, at least 9″x9″. Set up your photo backdrop so that it’s at least 8 feet tall and 7 feet wide. Cut your chicken wire to your desired size (our backdrop was 7 feet by 5 feet). Attach the chicken wire to the frame with zip ties. Stuff tissue paper into the chicken wire in your desired color arrangement. We found it easiest to grab the tissue in the middle of the piece, pinch/twist in the middle, and stuff that into the chicken wire. Then fluff it up a little.

When you’re done, step back and make sure you didn’t miss any spots! Then get out your camera and have a ball. Big props to 25th Hour Films for helping us make this awesome video! xoxo

P.S. For more of Lovely Indeed’s DIY photobooth series, head right over here.






  1. lauren on said:

    what a fun video!! and perfect use of chicken wire. love it.

  2. Brittni on said:

    These photos are adorable. And the video is even cuter!! You are rocking the photo booth backdrops Chelsea.

  3. elaine costa on said:

    What a great video! Fun!

  4. So stinkin’ cute!! I love the video, and this backdrop is just amazing!! The chicken wire is genius.

  5. This is AWESOME! I needed an idea for a photo booth backdrop, so this is perfect. Thank you for sharing!


  6. Sarah S. on said:

    This is SO awesome! … the project and the video.

  7. Sue on said:

    LOVE IT… it seems so easy, simple but really nice! Great video!

  8. Stef on said:

    Love this! This is how we used to do our Homecoming floats for the parade back in high school! :)


  9. BS(W)A on said:

    I may need this for a permanent installation.

    p.s. I want your life.

  10. Laura on said:

    I love you bougies so much that my eyes popped out of my face from all the cute overload and love. AMAZING video and WONDERFUL project!

  11. rach on said:

    I love how Mr Lovely helps you. So cute! Congrats on the video – it’s so sweet :)

  12. Renee on said:

    So cute!!!!
    What a great idea!

  13. Ana on said:

    This is the best photobooth ever! I love this idea and I love how easy it is. Great!

  14. Dzung on said:

    I’m definitely doing this for my wedding. Thanks for the inspiration! I did have a question – how many sheets of tissue paper did you need? i’m looking at 48 sheets that are 20×30. would 3 of these be enough or do you think more?

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Dzung! Glad you like it! I think you might need a little more than three packages of 48 sheets. Maybe 5 or so? It depends on how full you’d like to the backdrop to be, but you can’t go wrong with more. If you don’t have enough tissue you’ll end up having holes and being able to see through the backdrop. I’d say try 5 packages and cut the 20×30 sheet into quarters so it makes 4 sheets each. Hope that helps!

  15. Rym on said:

    Congrats ! It’s amazing !
    I would like to Know how long does it take you to perform this beautiful tissue paper photobooth.

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Rym, the project probably takes 2-3 hours total from setup to finish. Hope you try it!

  16. eugene on said:

    how much tissue paper?

  17. Such a cute idea. Is there a way to roll it or store it and not damage it too much? Just wondering for us with smaller spaces.

  18. Olive on said:

    Very cute idea! I want to do this for a birthday party but I don’t know where to get that much tissue paper for the cheapest. Any Suggestions?

  19. sunny on said:

    I feel in love with this backdrop.. I just had to make it!! I ended up doing so for my cousins baby shower and everyone loved it! The hardest part for me was having to make it at home and then transporting it to the venue!
    I would love for you to check out the picture of it and tell me what you think!

  20. Tiffany on said:

    I LOVE you this idea. Just wondering how you transported this to the final site. Does the tissue paper fly out/fall out when it’s moved around?

  21. Stephanie on said:

    Hi there, this is a great DIY tutorial! I am in love with this idea and really wanting to do this for my son’s upcoming 2nd birthday party. I was just wondering what you used for the photo frame work? Thanks for your time.

  22. Stephanie on said:

    Hi there, just wondering how many packages of tissue paper this took give or take? I’ll be using the same backdrop stand and will be making the it the same size. Just not sure if I’ve got enough tissue paper as I can’t put it together until the day of the event. Just want to see if I’m in the ball park with the amount I have. Thanks!

    • chelsea on said:

      Hey Joe! I’d love to see the finished product! The link doesn’t seem to be working — is there another link I can try? Thanks! xo

  23. Sherrika Newsome on said:

    Hey there! This was such an awesome video. I was trying to create this look from colored coffee filters and plywood until I saw this and was Blown away by how simple materials could create such a statement backdrop. Hats off to you guys for sharing such creativity. Where were you able to get such a beautiful color palette of tissue paper from? Do you mind sharing the colors used in the video? I a. Trying to creating a similar palette?

  24. sydney on said:

    Hi there! i absolutely love this and I have a 4 by 5 ft frame i was wondering how big should i cut the squares and how many packages i need of each tissue paper. Thanks!! :)

  25. Jesus Cervantes on said:

    hi! I did this over my garage wall, it was huge and it looked reeeeeaaally good!
    It was for my 90s bday bash (that’s why I used so many colors), so eventually the tissue paper fell off, but it still looked good.

    thanks for this idea!
    here are some pictures:

    • chelsea on said:

      Jesus this is AWESOME! Thanks so much for sharing — it looks incredible.

  26. Vicki on said:

    Looks so cool! I think I’m going to try this for my college apartment–a great but cheap look on a budget. I was thinking a metal clothing rack would work really well…or just the chicken wire itself on a custom wooden frame to create more permanent art. A couple dabs of hot glue should keep the tissue paper from falling out.

    Thanks for the cool idea!!!

  27. Gemma on said:

    Hi i would like to create the same size back drop for my wedding, how much tissue paper is needed please? As can’t do i till on the day but worried I wont have enough. Thanks

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Gemma! Unfortunately, I don’t have details on how many pieces exactly I used of each color. I just kind of stuffed until it looked good! I purchased the tissue paper at a party store, but a good place online to look might be at Papermart. They have a great selection of colors and various size packs. I would suggest getting a whole bunch of mini packs (maybe 15 or 20?) just to be on the safe side. Then, once you have the sheets in the mini pack that are 30″ x 20″, you can cut the sheets into quarters, and stuff them into the backdrop. That would probably work well. Be sure to send photos of the finished product, I’d love to see it!

  28. Dylan Sanders on said:

    This is great! Just wondering if you know what gauge chicken wire you used. I’m planning on making this backdrop this weekend for a party and didn’t know if 1 inch was too small or 2 inch was too big haha. Thanks in advance!

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Dylan! I believe we used 1 inch chicken wire and there was still plenty of space for stuffing the tissue!

  29. Kara on said:


    I too am wondering of the size for the chicken wire. If anyone who has previously constructed this can make a recommendation, I would appreciate it very much as well as any tips for transportation.

    Thank you !!

  30. Reecey on said:

    This is awesome! I am wondering did you diy the base or did you buy it? If bought, what is it called? Also, where can I purchase chicken wire?

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Reecey! The base is a photo backdrop frame from Cowboy Studio; you can find it on Amazon. And for chicken wire, I’d head to your nearest hardware store!