Monday, April 9, 2012
diy :: easy ruffle backdrop
for some reason when i tell people something i've made was "easy", i get an eye roll or a hysterical laughing fit from them.
i guess i make things that look like they take a lot of effort?
seriously folks, if a project's directions reveal an arduous and and time consuming journey, i simply will NOT make it.
"easy" is a required element for the craft projects i will take time out of my life to complete.
this ruffle backdrop is the epitome of easy.
the ruffled backdrops i found on pinterest and other sites were absolutely gorgeous but i had one issue with them.
these talented ladies were making the ruffle strips WITH A SEWING MACHINE.
they were sewing the crepe paper into ruffles. with a machine.
what the WHAT???
there is no way i'm sewing a n y t h i n g let alone crepe paper.
so...here is how i accomplished the same pretty backdrop in a little less than an hour (the board i used was 36x48) with glue.
this one goes out to all my homies that are sewing impaired, those that do not have a sewing machine or are just plain lazy like me.
so with out further adieu...here are the instructions with purdy pictures to boot.
click on images to make them bigger:
~ if you are OCD and need things to be absolutely straight, measure out guide lines with a pen to keep your ruffles on the mark. i just free handed it. there are crooked areas in the purple ombre board i made. it made me cringe a little...but i got over it pretty quick.
~ the ruffles create a camouflage to where you begin and end a crepe streamer cut too short...that means you can use scraps of crepe streamers you were thinking about tossing out. just add them in.
~ when adding your last row that will top off the ruffles, make sure to take your time so the crepe paper doesn't rip.
i love that you can basically add these ruffles to cardboard or anything else that glue will adhere to.
i'm going to add some to an old shutter i found.
have fun ruffle-izing everything!
note that i used a piece of bent and torn cardboard in this tutorial to prove that ruffles make pretty much anything new again.