DIY Ombre Tissue Paper Photobooth Backdrop

September 17 2013 |

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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.

Materials

  • 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.

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79 thoughts on “DIY Ombre Tissue Paper Photobooth Backdrop”

  1. 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!

  2. 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?

    1. 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!

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

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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?

  10. 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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 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!!!

  12. 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

    1. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. Hello,

    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 !!

    1. Hey there! 1 inch chicken wire should do it. Also, I don’t have experience with transporting the backdrop but I know some folks have stuffed the chicken wire, rolled it gently, and wrapped it in a sheet for transportation. You may have some pieces fall out but you can do touchups when you arrive at your destination!

  15. 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?

    1. 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!

  16. What other colours do you think would look good. My birthday colour scheme is pastel colours and I need colours that would work well together.

  17. This is awesome ! I am going to do this on my wedding feast.
    However, it’s hard for me to get such colorful tissue paper in Asia.
    Is there any brand for me to search easily ?
    or maybe an on-line market to purchase?

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