Tuesday, February 28, 2012

DIY: Lattice Backdrop.

This backdrop was created for the St. Patrick's Day themed Golden Treasure Baby Shower. We wanted something bold and graphic to balance the simplicity of the table. Jeff found this lattice style pattern on a duvet cover and was curioius to see if it translated to a table backdrop.

It's pretty simple once you break it down. Paint your plywood with 2 coats of glossy white primer. Have a smaller version of your pattern around for reference and place painter's tape wherever there are white lines on your pattern.

For this pattern it breaks down into a series of 12 inch squares.

Then it breaks down into 6 inch squares and rectangles.

This is the most important step. Once all the tape is down, paint over the edges of every tape line with more white paint. This seems redundant and a waste of time, but I assure you, don't skip this step. The paint fills in any small gaps between the tape and the plywood. It will prevent most of the bleeding between colors in the next steps.

Now comes the fun part. Paint in every square. We went with two tones of green that matched our printables and tablecloths.

Once everything is dry, peel away.

Tada! This is how it looks directly after the tape is removed. See, no green bleeds onto the white, just crisp, straight lines.

See the entire Golden Treasure Baby Shower


  1. This is so great! Thanks for sharing...I imagine it is pretty heavy, what did you use to prop it up?

    1. We actually forgot about the fact that it would need to be propped up until the last minute! We propped it up against a tree branch and then had to move it up to be in better lighting. So, good thing it was a photoshoot because one of us actually stood behind it and held it up! Thanks for your compliments!

    2. Got to love Photoshop! Thanks for your response!

  2. Wow, that's quite a process! Turned out really lovely, though -- plus I'm sure you'll be able to use it over & over (for spring, Easter, Christmas, etc.)!

  3. He is one talented guy! Beautiful!

  4. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commentators here!

    step and repeat backdrop

  5. Your work is fabulous. Thank you so much time for sharing it with all of us. It is so inspirational and making me want to craft again!

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