Trade Show Inspiration: DIY Fabric and Ribbon Backdrop


DIY fabric and ribbon backdrop

Welcome to Trade Show Inspiration, where you can share in my love for marketing, design + trade show spaces.  I hope you become inspired to take your booth space up a notch!

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Emily of Paper Muse Press actually created this inspirational backdrop for a wedding ceremony, but you know my mind thinks of YOU and what a great backdrop this could be at your next trade show, fair or boutique event!

This simple ribbon and fabric backdrop that Paper Muse Press put together was created in 4 easy steps.  Plus it didn’t cost an arm and a leg – which we oh-so-appreciate!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A large canvas drop cloth (found at any hardware or painting store – I’ve found it’s cheaper at a hardware store).
  • Ribbons (Emily used inexpensive acetate ribbon for this project).
  • Fabric: You’ll want to get fabric in lengths of about 3 yards for a 8 foot tall backdrop (Note: the standard 10×10 booth space drape is 10 feet wide x 8 feet high).  Emily had two varieties; a peach shot cotton, and 3 vintage lace tablecloth, one of which was cut into strips.
  • Fabric scissors.
  • LOTS of safety pins.
  • A telescoping pipe system, commonly called a pipe and drape (minus the drape).  You can get these easily at any event rental business.  You’ll want one that can telescope so you can customize your size.  Emily set hers to be 8 feet by 8 feet.  Note: you can rent them for about $25 or so if you don’t get any drapes OR if you want to create your own PVC pipe system, here’s another diy.

For a couple more DIY canvas backdrop ideas, check out one of my previous posts here.


Special thanks to Emily of Paper Muse Press for this amazing diy fabric and ribbon backdrop tutorial + beautiful photo’s.

I’m feeling inspired…and I hope all of you are too!

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  1. How do I look at the step by step photos? It won’t load! So interested in making this, though!

    1. Hello. It seems papermuse has merged with another company and the former posts are gone. I should have taken some screen shots – so sorry!

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