{tutorial} rainbow party streamer backdrop

rainbow party streamer backdrop

after many requests, here is the rainbow party streamer backdrop from my st patricks day party

it was super EASY, NO SEW, and CHEAP. you can totally make this!

1. start by collecting different color streamers & some masking tape
{note: clear scotch tape did not stick well to the streamers…not sure why}
2. lay a long piece of tape sticky side up – how long? depends on how big you want the rainbow to be. the length of the tape will be the length of the rainbow.
3. secure the tape in place by turing the ends to stick on your working surface
4. take the roll of streamer {don’t try to rip a piece off or measure it out. i tried it and it was a big headache} and attach it to the tape, unraveling and bunching it up as you go to create the “ruffle effect”
NOTE: this is the longest step.
i am not going to pretend that i didn’t get annoyed at one point or another.
i may or may not have thrown a streamer roll.
or two.

5. take the red streamer and lay it on the poster board in the shape you want.
add small pieces of tape every 6 in or so to keep it in place
6. continue to layer each streamer with a slight overlap

NOTE: i love foam board. it is a great backdrop IF you get one big enough.
the biggest & cheapest i have found is at HOBBY LOBBY.
40x60in for about $10
ps. michaels has them but the biggest is about 30×40 and you CANT use your coupon for it.
{well…one time i got in a fight with them and they let me use it. but for the most party you can’t lol}
i digress. sorry.

7. the ends will be all uneven so trim them up and secure with a piece of tape
8. i cut out a pot using cardstock & found lightweight gold coins
9. attach the pot & coins with tape
10. ball up white tissue paper  and tape the back to secure
11. attach to foam board

happy entertaining
mindy starr


  1. Thanks for the tutorial! Having a rainbow unicorn party so this is perfect timing!!

  2. OMG! Love this, Mindy!!! And, gotta admit, love that there may have been a tissue roll or two that were flying across the room!!! ♥

  3. Love this party! I featured it in my “St.Patrick’s Day” round-up. I would love for you to share this tutorial in our weekly linky party “Cowgirl Up!”. http://www.craftytexasgirls.com/2012/03/cowgirl-up-6.html

    :) Samantha

  4. How long are your ruffles? I want to get an idea of how long to make mine, so that it curves.

    • i am out of town right now so i can’t measure to be sure but i think they were about 4-5 ft? i would lay out the piece of tape first in the shape you want so that you know how long to make it! i hope that helps!

  5. Just stopping by to let you know that I’ve featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
    featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

  6. Such an adorable party! Just love the rainbow Mindy!

  7. Hi I love the rainbow….Im doing a rainbow themed party for my princess..wanted to know if u think irs possible to do rainbow on a plastic sky blue table cloth..

    • Rena – yes i do! i just did this on a poster board! the streamers are light weight so they won’t weigh it down! good luck!

  8. eliseandfam says:

    Great no-sew tips! I’m going to use color coded tape since I’m putting it up in the arch window above my front door :) Thanks!

  9. Thanks for this tutorial. I used it to decorate my daughter’s rainbow themed room.

  10. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I used your idea for a shop window display and linked to your tutorial on my blog post.


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