So, it’s been a little while since I’ve provided a tutorial. Now that the wedding is way past over (sorry guys, running is all I can think about!), I feel like I should post a little more about the details that went into making it look the way it did. I knew I was a DIY bride from the beginning, but I can’t even count the hours that Chris and I spent tackling projects to provide the perfect reflection of us (thanks Pinterest …). Yes, I did just mention that the man in my life helped me craft. Totally a keeper!
I refrained from posting other tutorials during the planning process, besides the lace mason jar tutorial, because I didn’t want to reveal too much. I wanted to make sure that people would be wowed when they entered the venue and I couldn’t be sure of that had I shared it with the blogosphere. Especially since I like to share Passion & Laughter with the lovely people in my life, I decided it was better to keep my mouth shut til after the festivities.
Let me also just mention that I am the worst person ever at keeping my mouth shut. Even more so when I am SO excited about it. And if its about me. I was bursting at the seams waiting to divulge to anyone who would listen. When people asked about the wedding, I’d be all ‘RIBBON WALLLL’ and they would stare back at me like I’m a weirdo because I was going crazy over ribbon. The next question would always be “well, whats a ribbon wall?” And then I’d just be like “Wait and see!”
This ribbon wall was the crown jewel of my wedding projects.
Important to note that this is totally workable to suit your needs. Adjust when necessary and share yours with me! Chris and I used ours for a backdrop for the ceremony. We we’re lucky and had the structure (featured above) to base our measurements on. Seriously, we went there in January when it was freezing and measured so we were one hundred percent sure! I needed to do this though because on the off-chance our ceremony was moved indoors, it had to be able to fit into two different structures. Also, Chris is 6’4″ so the ribbons needed to fall to a certain length or it would’ve looked weird. We chose 6″. The measurements of the structure were 7.8″ all around.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s get down to business!
DIY: Ribbon Wall
Ribbon (varying width, textures, colors, patterns)
3 – 1 1/2 in x 10 ft PVC pipe
1 -1 1/2 in x 2 ft PVC pipe
2 – 1 1/2 PVC pipe T joints
2 – 1 1/2 PVC pipe 90 degree joints
4 – 1 1/2 PVC pipe caps
1 small bottle of fabric glue
Spray paint (we chose white)
Diamond dust spray paint (glitter!)
Power sander or sandpaper
Small hack saw
Step one: Measure PVC pipe to desired length and cut with hack saw. We chose 7.8ft for our length. With the ends you just cut off, trim each piece to match the smaller 2 ft piece. This will give you four two-foot legs for the ribbon wall.
Step two: Use power sander or sandpaper to remove any markings on the pipe.
Step three: Spray paint the PVC pipe color of choice as the base coat. Be sure to cover any markings that remain. Spray paint every single piece of remaining PVC pipe for color consistency. Helpful spray painting tip: use something to stand the pipe up straight for even spraying. We used a card table flipped upside down covered in plastic and put each of the pipes on the legs. If you do choose to use the ground, wait until it is dry before flipping over to prevent streaking.
If after the first coat any additional marks remain, apply additional coats until you have reached desired color.
Step four: Spray the diamond dust over the dry spray painted PVC pipe. Follow same procedure as the previous color. Use lighter coats because it can easily get too heavy a coat if you’re not careful. Feel free to do several lighter coats rather than doing it all at once. Be sure to let it dry in between the coats.
Step five: Measure ribbon to desired length. We chose six feet. With your fabric scissors, cut the ribbons. I did mine in a slant rather than straight across to prevent fraying.
Step six: Place the PVC pipe that you’re using as the top of the frame onto the ground. Place the ribbon under the pipe with just a few inches above it, the rest laying below. With the few inches above the pipe, bring it over the pipe and connect to the longer end of ribbon. Be sure not to wrap too tight so you can still move the ribbon freely from side to side.
Step seven: Apply a small amount of fabric glue onto the inside of the piece you just wrapped over top of the frame. Gently squeeze the two pieces of together so the glue can adhere, but again remember not to make it too tight so you can move it along the top of the frame.
Step eight: Repeat steps five through seven for each piece of ribbon to fill the frame to your desired amount. If you want it full, you’re going to do this quite a few times. For a lighter frame, you won’t need to do as many.
Step nine: To assemble the base, take two of the leg pieces (two-foot sections of pipe) and insert them into the opposite ends of the T-joint to create one long piece. Place one of the PVC caps on each of the open ends of the pipe. Repeat process on other side.
Step ten: Insert the longer pipes into the remaining end of the T-joint on both sides. You will start to see your frame form.
Step eleven: Take the 90 degree joints and place on the open end of the vertical pipes used in step ten.
Step twelve: Insert the pipe with the ribbon attached to the open ends of the 90 degree joints. You may need an additional hand for this as the pieces are quite large.
Step thirteen: Step back and admire your amazing work.
And there you have it. Thirteen relatively easy steps to construct your very own ribbon wall. The best part about the PVC pipe is that it comes apart which makes for excellent transportation since this is expected to be a bulky item. All you have to do is make sure you remember to pack all the correct pieces and assemble when needed.
Chris and I worked diligently on this project. Mainly, I picked out and did everything with all of the ribbon while Chris did the sanding, spray painting and general construction of the large pieces. It’s love. Ha.
On the day of the wedding, we had a slight breeze. The wind pushing the ribbon around was so amazing. It felt like Chris and I were in our own little ribbon world.
I really feel like this could be used for anything. A birthday party, a wedding, a photo booth backdrop, and sort of holiday decor, a cool way to enter a room, etc. If you can think of any other uses, definitely let me know because I’d love to hear them!
Enjoy! And please please let me know how yours turn out!