How to Make a Crepe Paper Streamer Backdrop

How to Make a Crepe Paper Streamer Backdrop

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Unicorn crepe paper photo backdrop

Add an extra layer of fun to your next party buffet with this crepe paper streamer backdrop. I love this idea. Seriously it is so cheap and easy. And depending on what you have around the house, it may be even cheaper than you first thought!

I recently created this particular backdrop for a unicorn Birthday party. My favourite thing about this project was that I threw it all together and made a couple of mistakes (I prefer to think of them as creative redirections). Despite this, it still wasn't a headache, it was so easy and turned out really well. My other favourite thing about it is that it's pink with some shine, of course.

Check out the video below or keep scrolling for images and full instructions. I do not receive a commission from any of the links provided within this article – they’re just here for your convenience!

Close up of streamer party backdrop


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The number of streamers and length of dowel you require will depend on how long you need your backdrop to be. I set up the buffet up on my sideboard, making the backdrop about 1.5 metres (4.92 ft).

The streamers came in a pack of 4 different colours so I bought two packs. But I only used about 5 rolls so if you have fewer colours you won't necessarily need 8 of them like me.

I used a dowel rod that I had laying around the house. Depending on how long you need it, you can find them for as little as $2 from your hardware store. You could also use something like an aluminium curtain/shower rod. If you don't have a large (heavier) backdrop to make you could also use rope or fishing line.


STEP #1 | Place removable hooks on your wall

Okay. So I have terribly cracked cornices, but it's not a priority with the landlord. Let's move on…

Although I was tempted to get out a ruler and pencil to accurately measure both hooks, the idea is to make this quick and easy! So I reluctantly measured by eye (insert shocked emoji).

I lined them up roughly with the edges of my buffet. There's actually no need to be too fussy with aligning the hooks at the exact height since you'll be able to rectify that later with the zip ties.

Hang hooks on the wall
Adhere removable hooks.

STEP #2 | Hanging your rod

Loop your zip ties together with as much room in the loop that will allow. Place each one on a hook and insert the dowel into the loops. See… my eye measuring really wasn't bad, even with the slightly bowed dowel!

However, stand back and check to see if your rod is lopsided. If it is you can tighten the zip ties bit by bit until you've lifted the rod and balanced it out.

Loop zip ties to hooks
Loop zip ties around hooks.
Backdrop rod hanging on wall hooks
Hang dowel rod between zip ties.

Hang backdrop rod to wall

STEP #3 | Time for the streamers

Woah! How are we even already here?! Crepe paper streamers are so light when it comes to hanging them I simply looped them over the rod. This way you get double the length with less work too!

I found that starting by using just one colour and spacing them out was a good way to go. I then added the other colours and went back and forth, spacing them randomly with what I liked.

When it comes to cutting your streamers you can simply cut them all straight along or just below the tabletop. I preferred to create an arc in the middle as I wanted to make sure the items on the buffet didn't get lost in all those colours. When cutting the arc I wasn't too particular, just leaving a little more length if I was unsure.

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Swing paper streamers around rod

Swing crepe paper streamers over rod.

Cutting streamers with scissors
Cut streamers at edge of table or roughly shape them into an arc.
Layer rod with streamer lengths
Continue adding more streamers.
Pink purple streamers on backdrop rod
Don't worry about the wonky arc, we'll tidy that up shortly.
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STEP #4 | Add some metallic shine

Let's not forget that I whipped up this crepe paper streamer backdrop for a unicorn party and it's not unicorn if it doesn't shine. Trying to keep things on the cheap I bought a spool of gold curling ribbon from a discount store. The fact that it's called curling ribbon should've been the first clue that it was going to spring up in curls! Facepalm! I wasn't expecting it.

But the thing I love most about creating is just rolling with the unexpected and “mistakes”. Hang the curling ribbon as you did the streamers, make sure you leave plenty of length as it'll bounce right up!

I prefer the look of sprinkling a little of the gold and when wrapping them around I kept them at different lengths. Turns out I like the curls! I think it adds more interest and texture.

Add gold ribbon to party backdrop
Add gold ribbon to the crepe paper streamers.

STEP #5 | Trim the ends of your paper streamers & time for the finishing touches

Uh oh! By now you've probably noticed that my arc is way off centre. Time to stand back and trim these streamers until I'm happy with the curve.

Once you've finished all of that, stand back and have another look at the level of your backdrop. If you need to, adjust the zip ties again to get the rod as straight as possible.

Wonky arc on streamer backdrop
Trim up streamers and ribbons, shaping them into an arc.
Finished crepe paper streamer party backdrop
The finished paper streamer party backdrop with an arc.

Sit back & enjoy your streamer backdrop handy work

That's it! Done. The last thing you want to be doing when planning a party is spending too much time decorating on the day. This can be done weeks in advance if you're really that keen!

Here are some of the pictures I took with the buffet all dressed up and on display. You check out more of the pics in my Enchanting Unicorn Birthday Party article. You can also download the free unicorn party kit printables that you see in the photos.

Front facing unicorn party buffet with backdrop
Girls unicorn birthday party food buffet

I threw this DIY together but I find these ones often turn out the best! Let me know in the comments below if you have a project that took plenty of twists and turns only to end up being one of your best.

I'd love to see your crepe paper streamer backdrop in action! Please share with us all via Instagram (use #avmdiy) or by tagging @avisualmerriment on Facebook.

Other posts you might be interested in:

Enchanting Unicorn Birthday Party & Free Printable Kit
Ultimate Party Planning Checklist: Basics for a Killer Party

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Hello! I’m Lauren, a graphic designer, blogger and mother here at A Visual Merriment. I have a passion for interiors, design, crafts and making parties come to life!


  1. Sal says:

    Heya I just made this today but with red, black and white crepe paper and silver streamers for a Minnie mouse themed party and it came out AH-MAZING! Thank you for the tutorial, it was definitely comforting having something to look back at!

    • Lauren says:

      Hi Sal, that does sound amazing! I love the idea of a Minnie Mouse party. I’m so glad you got something from this tutorial, thank you so much for letting me know that it helped

  2. Pamela says:

    This is amazing! I’m going to use this as a photo backdrop for Easter portraits at my church. I’m so excited!

    • Lauren says:

      I’m so glad you think so, I live for the excitement of a new project! If you get a chance, email me a picture of your backdrop, I’d love to see it. ( Happy creating Pamela!

  3. Angel says:

    Thank you for this post! I used your process to create 2 backdrops for my mother-in-law’s 70th bday this weekend. I had to tape them to the dowel because we had to transport them, but it ended up working out great.

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