DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth

DIY Beach Ball Backdrop

DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & clothDIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth

photos by Jared Smith

I don’t make backdrops often, but when I do, I like to make sure that take as long as humanly possible to create. Just kidding. That’s technically not true though my previous experiences my state otherwise after this paper flower backdrop and now this DIY beach ball backdrop made of paper lanterns. What can I say? I just love over-committing.

In all seriousness though, when my friend Beth over at The Manor asked if I wanted to be a part of her 60’s summer soiree inspired launch party, I just HAD to make something out of beach balls but I did a long enough stint at Smilebooth to know a shiny backdrop is a big no, no, so regular beach balls were out!…

DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth

Materials:
  • Paper lanterns in various sizes (I used mostly 10″)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Spray paint in your colors
  • Fishing line
  • Backdrop stand
  • White backdrop cloth (or plain white curtain panel)
  • Needle and heavy thread
  • Yarn/sturdy string and tape (for creating a clothesline-ish way to let them dry!)

DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & clothDIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth

First things first, construct all of your paper lanterns with the metal rim inside. Next place a strip of painter’s tape along every seam (they should be visible through the rice paper), this will mark where to spray paint.

Before spray painting, set up a little place for each lantern to dry by stringing a piece of yarn or sturdy string across a room or corner, and sturdily tying or taping each end tightly to hold the weight of them.

Once taped, spray every other section a color of your choice. I tried to spray as best as I could within each section without getting excess spray paint on the white, but I ended up kind of liking the overspray ombre look a bit! Let them dry, and then peel away the painters tape.

DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth

Now all you have to do is assemble your white backdrop and stand, and then string the paper lantern beach balls from the top into place with needle and thread. You’ll basically be layering them into place (think shingles on a roof), starting at the top. You can actually hide the thread behind the lantern just above it.DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & clothDIY beach ball back drop | sugar & clothDIY beach ball back drop | sugar & clothDIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth

Carrie was the host of the The Manor soiree and I couldn’t help but have Jared snap a photo of her and her awesome flamingo dress, I’M IN LOVE! Check out her blog for outfit details coming soon, I’m sure!

DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & clothDIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth

Lastl, but not least, are you all familiar with any awesome flamingo jokes or one-liners? I’ve been trying to think of a catchy phrase for this giant flamingo for days! Nothing rhymes with flamingo…

DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth

DIY Beach Ball Backdrop

DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & clothDIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth

photos by Jared Smith

I don’t make backdrops often, but when I do, I like to make sure that take as long as humanly possible to create. Just kidding. That’s technically not true though my previous experiences my state otherwise after this paper flower backdrop and now this DIY beach ball backdrop made of paper lanterns. What can I say? I just love over-committing.

In all seriousness though, when my friend Beth over at The Manor asked if I wanted to be a part of her 60’s summer soiree inspired launch party, I just HAD to make something out of beach balls but I did a long enough stint at Smilebooth to know a shiny backdrop is a big no, no, so regular beach balls were out!…

DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth

Materials:
  • Paper lanterns in various sizes (I used mostly 10″)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Spray paint in your colors
  • Fishing line
  • Backdrop stand
  • White backdrop cloth (or plain white curtain panel)
  • Needle and heavy thread
  • Yarn/sturdy string and tape (for creating a clothesline-ish way to let them dry!)

DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & clothDIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth

First things first, construct all of your paper lanterns with the metal rim inside. Next place a strip of painter’s tape along every seam (they should be visible through the rice paper), this will mark where to spray paint.

Before spray painting, set up a little place for each lantern to dry by stringing a piece of yarn or sturdy string across a room or corner, and sturdily tying or taping each end tightly to hold the weight of them.

Once taped, spray every other section a color of your choice. I tried to spray as best as I could within each section without getting excess spray paint on the white, but I ended up kind of liking the overspray ombre look a bit! Let them dry, and then peel away the painters tape.

DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth

Now all you have to do is assemble your white backdrop and stand, and then string the paper lantern beach balls from the top into place with needle and thread. You’ll basically be layering them into place (think shingles on a roof), starting at the top. You can actually hide the thread behind the lantern just above it.DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & clothDIY beach ball back drop | sugar & clothDIY beach ball back drop | sugar & clothDIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth

Carrie was the host of the The Manor soiree and I couldn’t help but have Jared snap a photo of her and her awesome flamingo dress, I’M IN LOVE! Check out her blog for outfit details coming soon, I’m sure!

DIY beach ball back drop | sugar & clothDIY beach ball back drop | sugar & cloth

Lastl, but not least, are you all familiar with any awesome flamingo jokes or one-liners? I’ve been trying to think of a catchy phrase for this giant flamingo for days! Nothing rhymes with flamingo…

Comments

  • Abagail

    04.10.15

    I love this! Such cute photos.

  • Vanessa

    04.10.15

    I love it! I’m obsessed with that flamingo dress.

  • aileepetrovic

    04.10.15

    You are amazing. I love these! I’m trying to figure out a colorful confetti-ish backdrop for a birthday party and may adapt this idea with the paper lanterns.

  • Katrina

    04.10.15

    Super cute!!

  • This is the most gorgeous post of all time. I will be sharing it all over the universe. You’ve been warned.

  • Tiffany Ima

    04.13.15

    Wow this is a really cute backdrop!

    tiffanyima.com

  • Reez

    04.14.15

    Beautyfull, amazing, and love this dress!!!

  • agunsteens

    04.15.15

    Oh my, not only is this an adorable backdrop, but I LOVE your dress!!! Where is it from?

    Ashley
    SOUTHbySOHO

  • Eileen M.

    04.16.15

    Wow! Love everything in this set + and the colors… perfect!

  • Kendra

    04.17.15

    Oh no! Why are shiny backdrops a bad idea. I have one waiting for my daughter’s birthday, but I’d love some tips if I shouldn’t use it! I want pictures to be fun and turn out well!

  • Laura James

    04.19.15

    Love this post! Where did you get your black and white dress?

  • Toni Marie

    04.21.15

    I love this idea! It’s so cute!

    tonixox.blogspot.com

  • domain

    07.02.16

    I’m not positive where you are getting your information, however great topic.
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