How To Make A Streamer Backdrop

If you have a celebration coming up and you’d like to decorate, check out this simple ‘how to make a streamer backdrop’ tutorial to create your own impressive display.

All you need:

  • Crepe paper streamers
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Gold metallic ribbon (optional)

I have seen so many of these stunning streamer backdrops all over pinterest, these brightly coloured backdrops can add a wow factor to any venue. So with my son’s 1st birthday during lockdown, I wanted to try make it special, not that he will remember it! I had a go at making my own.

Getting started

I went for a green jungle, turquoise and gold sorta’ colour theme. If you’re designing your own, choose colours that might be in the room, or on other decorations e.g. balloons, banners, bunting, table cloths, straws etc.

I bought crepe paper streamers from this ebay store. This particular UK based seller has lots of colours. When purchasing yours, I’d recommend choosing 3 or 4 colours.

Making Your Backdrop

Choose the width and height you’d like to make, e.g. if it’s going behind a table, measure the width of the table.

The string is what you’re going to tie your streamers to. Cut your string double your desired width, so you have enough to secure your backdrop to wherever it’s going.

I used our washing line to make our backdrop, and then re-positioned it when it was made. For yours decide where it’s going to go, and either make it there, or you could make it on a wall that has nails already in a wall holding up photos, or a curtain pole.

Tying your streamers

Once you’ve decided the height of your backdrop, take your first coloured streamer and cut it double your chosen length.Take the midway point of your cut streamer in one hand, and thread this over your string and bring the two tails through the loop. The official knot term is called a Lark Head Knot. See below an image taken from google.

This is the knot you’re going to do for each streamer.

Check you’re happy with the length of your first streamer, and if so start cutting more crepe streamers of the same length.

We tied ours in colour order, but feel free to add yours in any order you wish.

It also sometimes looks nice with them all different heights. You can always trim it at the end, if you’d prefer a neat line.

Finally, add a few gold ribbon strings randomly along your backdrop, and score them so they spiral. I think it personally adds a fun finish to the backdrop.

how to make a streamer backdrop

There you have it! A great DIY decoration idea perfect for baby showers, weddings, parties galore.


I secured mine to our freestanding copper arch which we hire out for weddings and events. I also added a DIY balloon arch, which is a story for another day 🙂

If you have a go at making your own I’d love to see, tag or share your pictures with us.




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