I have been wanting to make a tablecloth fringe backdrop for so long! It took me about 2 hours and was actually pretty relaxing to make! This easy DIY fringe backdrop will only set you back about $11. I ended up picking up table cloths from a few different stores. The Dollar Tree, Walmart, and Hobby Lobby. They ended up being all very comparable in quality.
**updated to add that I've used this backdrop for a couple of years now for Valentine's Day and it's held up well! Keep reading for our full tutorial!
Easy DIY Fringe Backdrop - A Step-By-Step Tutorial!
This is the perfect touch for any party or photo booth. It would even be cute in a child's room or playroom if it was shorter.
The table cloths cost around $1 each. I needed 7 plastic table cloths for the pink/valentine fringe backdrop. The hologram table cloth cost $5 but you can find them for 50% off quite often! For the purple fringe backdrop I spent around $4 since it was shorter.
The other two items that you would need for this is a rotary cutting mat and a rotary cutter. I used cotton string to hang the fringe backdrop, but you could also hang them on a wooden rod.
You can definitely purchase these on Etsy, however a 5 foot garland will cost you around $50.
My pink fringe backdrop is around 4 feet in length and about 50 inches in height. The purple fringe backdrop was about 2 feet tall and 52 inches in length.
The best table cloths for this project were the ones from The Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby. I got the 108 inch table clothes for these projects.
First, you'll hang your string on the wall (I used command hooks).
Then, start shredding your table cloths on the rotary mat. I used around 2 inch sections, but you could do less too. I love that they aren't exactly perfect and I think it gives it some character.
To make this go quicker, you can fold the table cloths up a few times. If your blade is strong enough, you should be able to cut through several layers.
Once you have all your table cloth shreds, you'll tie them on your string. You could do a random pattern or a specific pattern. I did a loop to tie them (as seen in the below photo). Fold the strip in half then pull the bottom pieces through around the string.
Once I had all the long shreds tied, I then took a few and cut them in half. I placed these randomly at the top of the fringe so that it has some depth. I did this for the purple one as well!
Fringe Backdrop FAQ's
How long do they last? - I've used this Valentine's Day backdrop for several years now, so they hold up great! Just fold them up and store in a tote for the next event/holiday!
How long do they take to make? - I recently made the purple garland and it took me 1 hour to cut all pieces and put the garland together.
How many table cloths do you need? - It depends on the length, but for a 52 inch string like the purple garland, it took 4 table cloths that were 108 inches in length. I had a lot of strands left over
Would You DIY a Fringe Backdrop?
So, what do you think? Do you think you'd try something like this? These types of fringe backdrops can be found on Etsy, but they're upwards of $50.
It does take quite a bit of time to cut the shreds, so I totally understand why they charge that much! They weren't difficult to make, just a little time consuming. I think that they'll get easier the more I make them.