Easy DIY Tissue Paper Backdrop Under $20

DIY tissue paper backdrop

If you saw the Cinco De Mayo party post that went up earlier this week then you probably noticed the backdrop that was behind the table. The idea was to create something that was reminiscent of a piñata, with layers of tissue paper to add a pop of colour. This backdrop is perfect for so many things and you can create one in any combination of colours/ patterns you like using just a few basic materials and a little bit of patience (and Netflix! 😉 ). 

I love how the ombre version turned out, but how pretty would an all- white one be for a wedding? Or maybe a floor- to- ceiling ombre? Or stripes? Or…? Ok I’ll stop now… The options are endless, and about as easy to make as they come, you just need to give yourself plenty of time. The one I made was 7′ * 7′ and I made it over two nights with Netflix on in the background. It’s not hard to make, just very repetitive and if you can wrangle some help to make the process a little faster I’d definitely recommend it. If you want to add a wow factor behind a party or wedding table- or want a fun photo backdrop idea- but don’t have a big budget, this is the perfect project (this cost me less than$20 in materials!). See below for the instructions.


– tissue paper

(To help you estimate how many sheets you’ll need: 1 standard size piece of tissue paper will get you 4 strips approx 25″ * 4″ or 6 strips approx 25″ * 2″ if you prefer a smaller fringe)

– scissors

– tape- regular and clear packaging tape

-glue stick

-craft paper


DIY tissue paper backdrop supplies


  1. Decide on the size of backdrop you want to create. If you have a certain space in mind, measure how much area you want to cover and add half a foot on each side (for a total of one foot for extra coverage). 
  2. Roll out the craft paper and measure the length you need, again adding half a foot in length. Cut the pieces and tape together using the clear parcel tape.
  3. To add durability to hang the backdrop, add a layer of the clear parcel tape along the top of the craft paper so the it doesn’t tear under the weight while hanging.
  4. Fold your tissue in half lengthwise twice, so that the fringe strips will be approx 4- 5″ in height (if you’d prefer smaller, fold in half a third time so the strips will be approx 2- 3″ in height).

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

5. Cut along all of the folds to separate the tissue strips. 

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

6. To create the fringe, make cuts that are roughly 1/2″ wide, leaving about half an inch along the top. To make this go faster, fold the strip in half. Cut as much tissue as you think you’ll need in the colours you like, separating them once cut.

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

7. Starting at the bottom of the kraft paper, attach the fringe strips using a glue stick or regular tape (I used tape every 10- 12″ or so). Trim the fringe to length once you get to the opposite edge. Tip: try and keep the strips as straight as possible, but if they go a little wonky, it’s really hard to notice when the backdrop is finished. Add an extra strip to an area to even it out if necessary.

 DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

8. Add the next layer of fringe approx 1- 2″ above the top of the strip below. Tip: for fuller coverage and better colour saturation only leave about 1″ space or less between layers (see what I mean in the photos above and below). Repeat (and repeat and repeat!) until you’ve covered the entire surface area of the craft paper. (This is the step you’ll probably want some company or Netflix on in the background). 😉

 DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial  

9. When it’s finished, use push pins or heavy- duty tape to attach to a wall. Just add some friends and a camera and enjoy!

DIY tissue paper party backdrop

DIY tissue paper party backdrop

DIY tissue paper party backdrop

DIY tissue paper party backdrop

See more photos from this Cinco De Mayo party here.

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DIY tissue paper backdrop

Cinco De Mayo Party

Who’s ready for a party?? Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner and let’s face it, we’re all in need of something bright and cheerful after the grey months behind us. I got together with my blogger gals Janette (Ava to Zoe) and Heydy (Raising Jay and Abel) to put on a Spring Fiesta with our kids and let’s just say I’m doing a happy dance after seeing it all come together. We all pitched in to bring this party together- yay teamwork!- and you can find the links to the posts Janette and Heydy have up on their blogs, plus source info and links at the end of the post (Janette made to- die- for vegetarian tacos and Heydy whipped up some wicked sangria). 

We went for a twist on the classic Cinco De Mayo theme, taking colour inspo from Mexican blankets and muting them down for a more pastel pallette. We opted for a Tex- Mex menu and a few sweet treats to keep things simple, all around a Mexican theme (how cute are those cactus cookies?!). We added some pops of colour to the table with the flowers and cactus, whipped up a cute ‘Taco ’bout a party’ sign (thank you dollar store!), and added a few fun details like the pineapple and tissue garland at the front of the table for finishing touches. A lot of the items for dressing the table were things we already had, simple DIYS, and some dollar store finds and we wanted to show that you can throw one helluva party without blowing the budget (I’ll be sharing the DIY for the tissue backdrop soon).Whether you throw a Cinco De Mayo party, or like the idea of a Mexican themed fiesta, I hope you get some ideas from these photos! Scroll to the end for links and source info. Ole!





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Photo credit: Ava to Zoe, one half of Captured in Squares

Backdrop- OHP (DIY here)

‘OLE’ balloons, party plates, wooden forks, & cactus gummies – Joonie and Joe | Instagram | Facebook 

Glass jug & glasses, napkins, & taco tray- President’s Choice | Instagram | Facebook 

Wood cactus plates- Timber Child | Instagram |Facebook

Colouring pages- Taylin Threads | Instagram | Facebook 

Flowers- Ever Red Fresh Designs

Mac & Cheese, organic blue corn chips- President’s Choice | Instagram | Facebook 

Vegetarian tacos- Ava to Zoe using Veggie Grounds from Big Mountain Foods

Sangria- Raising Jay and Abel 

Cactus cookies- The Cake Mama | Instagram | Facebook 

Nacho flavour popcorn- The Popcorn Bar | Instagram 

Churros- Lola’s Churro Bar | Instagram | Facebook 



Yummy White Wine Sangria

Who’s playing host/ess this NYE? I think planning a New Years party can sometimes feel a little hectic since you go from celebrating Christmas to ringing in the new year a week later, so finding simple ideas you can pull together without much time and effort helps (did you see this post from earlier this week on how to plan the perfect quick & simple NYE party?). That doesn’t mean it has to look thrown together, but no- one needs to know you pulled off your new years bash in record time. And that’s where a bevvy like this comes in: dress up your favourite wine and whip up a batch of sangria for your guests to sip before you break out the bubbly. It’s tasty, takes less than 5 minutes to make, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Just think of it as grown- up punch- yum.


– 1 bottle of white wine of your choice (I used this Riesling from Evolve Cellars)

– 1 cup grapefruit juice

– 1 tbsp lime juice

– 1 can of lemon- lime pop or sparkling water

– 1 orange, sliced

– 1 lime, sliced

– 1 cup fresh cranberries (or use another berry if you prefer)

optional: 1- 2 tbsp white sugar to taste


1. In a pitcher mix the wine, pop, and juices together. If you want it a little sweeter, stir in sugar until dissolved & you’ve reached the sweetness you prefer.

2. Add in the slices of fresh orange and lime, followed by the cranberries on top. Allow to sit for an hour or two (or longer if you have time) for a full- flavoured sangria. Serve chilled or with ice.

3. Enjoy!

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Festive Popcorn

It’s that time of year when everything is starting to feel festive and Christmas spirit starts to take over. Will and I are still big kids at heart and get into the mood early with things like festive cocktails, decorating, and lots of Christmas tunes (I don’t think it gets any better than doing holiday baking while pumping your favourites in the background). If you’ve got some parties coming up or need some festive stocking stuffer/ teacher gift ideas, this popcorn is perfect. I made mine minty- what’s more Chrismtas- y than candy canes?- but you can choose whatever holiday treats you like for your mix. It’s simple to make and looks super cute when finished off with some Christmas wrapping or served in cute paper cups at a party. Just try not to eat it as you go or you won’t have any left! 😉
4 cups popped popcorn
1 cup mint chocolate chips
1 cup mint candies (this will equal approx 1/4 cup when crushed)


1. Once your popcorn is popped and cooled (you don’t want it to melt your candies), separate your various ingredients into bowls.
2. Unwrap your candies and place on a piece of parchment paper. Fold the parchment over the candies and using a rolling pin crush them into small pieces.




3. Now for the fun part! In a bowl or jar, begin mixing your ingredients together in layers starting with popcorn at the bottom. Do this until you’ve mixed everything up together and your container is full. It looks super cute stored in a mason jar with a lid or…



… wrapped up in a cute container like a Chinese take- out box to give as a gift!



… finish it off with some pretty ribbon or twine and some Christmas greens for an easy party favour or teacher’s gift.


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Ari’s Frozen Luau Birthday Party {Part 2}

Last week I shared some of the photos from Ari’s Frozen Luau party, (see that post here), and today I wanted to share how I mixed the Frozen theme in with a luau. Originally I planned on blending all the pinks and blues together but thought it was too busy when it came time to decorate. Instead, I created a Frozen corner that had all the blue and snowflakes, etc that come to mind when you think of a typical Frozen theme. This worked out perfect for when Elsa paid the birthday girl and friends a visit! This is where she sat down to spend time with the kids and where I set up activities such as colouring and tattoos that tied in with the Frozen theme. Our little guests also got to choose a crown just like Elsa’s from Paper & Parties Co to take home in their goodie bags. See below for some Frozen party inspo! 
To tie the Frozen side of the room in with the luau, I made a mini balloon garland and hung it with a ‘Let It Go’ banner from Paper & Parties Co and a giant tissue snowflake and honeycombs from Turkey’s Party Makers. I also set up my dining room table with a pretty snowflake table runner (also from Paper and Parties Co) and a variety of Frozen- inspired items such as colouring and tattoos, along with the crowns the little partygoers got to take home (I’d hoped to get a photo of them all wearing them, but wrangling that many toddlers for a photo is pretty much impossible!). 

Probably the highlight of the party was when Elsa paid the kids a visit and seeing Ari’s face light up. I pretty much melted me on the spot. Instead of shelling out money on gifts for Ari, we decided to put the money towards a visit from Elsa and had a great experience working with My Little Birthday Princess to arrange for the surprise. Since we knew Ari would be receiving gifts from friends and family, Will and I thought gifting her and her friends this experience would be a fun way to spend our birthday gift budget, and we weren’t disappointed. Not only was Elsa great with the kids, organizing games (again, wrangling a group of toddlers takes patience and talent, even for a Frozen Queen!) and makeup, she also sang her famous song- ‘Let It Go’- and gave each of the guests a little gift before she left. As a special gift for the birthday girl, Elsa gave Ari a snowflake ornament, which will always remind us of Ari turning 3 and this special experience. We chose the ‘My Little Princess Party’ package and I’d absolutely say this was money well spent. 

I think every birthday for parents tugs at your heartstrings; your child is one year older and you always find yourself saying ‘where is the time going?!”. I’ll admit, the party was a bit of work to organize, but I enjoyed planning it and, most importantly, the birthday girl and her friends seemed to enjoy it. Whether you like to go all- out, or just like to include a few fun ideas when it comes to party planning, I hope you like how I pulled together this mashed- up Frozen luau theme. Parties don’t have to be stressful or cost a tonne of money to be fun and I tried to keep that in mind as I planned this one (I hit up the dollar store many times for things like the goodie bag items and miscellaneous decor and items such as paper cups/ plates, which have become party necessitates of mine to keep clean up to a minimum). 
Don’t forget to check out Part 1 of this post to check out all the fun I had with the tropical/ luau part of the theme and see how I brought in the Frozen theme with a luau party. See below for sources info for the party from both posts.


The Delighted Baker 
Instagram: @thedelightedbaker
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The Popcorn Bar
Instagram: @the.popcorn.bar
Twitter: @the_popcorn_bar 

‘Let It Go’ banner, glitter tiaras, &snowflake table runner
Paper & Parties Co
Instagram: @paperandparties
Facebook: Paper & Parties

Gold glitter cake topper, pineapple and flamingo glitter garlands, flamingo & pineapple confetti (used to make frozen ice bucket)
Dixie + Twine
Instagram: @dixieandtwine
Pinterest: Dixie + Twine 

Balloons, Olaf balloon, tissue honeycombs, plastic wine glasses, party straws, drink umbrellas, faux tropical leaves
Turkey’s Party Makers
Instagram: @turkeyspartymakers
Facebook: Turkeys Party Makers Ltd

Misc decorations: Grass table skirt, faux grasses (on wall), ice cream cups & spoons, basic balloons, flamingo lawn decoration

Elsa (see Part 2 coming soon!)
My Little Birthday Princess
Twitter: @mylittlebday