10/25 Guest Post: DIY Your Own Paper Pinwheel Backdrop With Emma Arendoski Of Emmaline Bride!

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Today we have a fabulous post to share with you from one of our favorite fellow wedding bloggers – Emma from Emmaline Bride! Emma has just published her fabulous book, The Handcrafted Wedding, which has dozens of DIY projects that are perfect for beautifying your wedding! We were lucky enough to receive an advance copy, and we have to say, if you’ve got the crafting itch, and you’re convinced you can save a nice wad of cash by doing it all yourself, you absolutely need this book in your DIY library. 

Hello! I’m Emma Arendoski, editor of Emmaline Bride and author of The Handcrafted Wedding.  Today I’m here to show you how to create a DIY paper pinwheel backdrop to decorate your cake table, reception, or ceremony site – and it costs less than $10!


book of scrapbooking paper (12 in. x 12 in. sheets)


masking tape


foam board


1. Fold one sheet of paper lengthwise, beginning at one end in one-inch segments.  Fold once forward, then back, and continue until you reach the end of the sheet.

2. Take your now accordion-style folded paper and fold once in half.

3. Attach the ends with a stapler, being sure to staple the backside of the paper so staples aren’t visible

4. Now repeat steps one through three with a second sheet of paper.  Then, attach the two folded half-circles together with a stapler to complete your pinwheel.

5. Use masking tape to adhere pinwheel to wall or other surface.  Create more pinwheels and place together on wall to create one large backdrop, being sure to overlap slightly to cover the entire surface.

Alternate:  Most venues do not allow for tape to be used on walls. For this reason, you may also adhere pinwheels to a moveable surface such as a foam board.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY project!  For more handcrafted wedding ideas and DIY projects, grab a copy of my book The Handcrafted Wedding. Happy Planning!