Home DIY's DIY: Carnation Backdrop

DIY: Carnation Backdrop

written by Marina Strong August 23, 2017

Floral backdrops have become quite popular, which is why I am sharing this fun Carnation backdrop tutorial from A Practical Wedding. Carnations are the ideal flowers to use for this project because they are relatively small, long-lasting, and come in a variety of colors. Of course, you can use other flowers too like daisies, roses and other beautiful blooms. This beautiful backdrop is easy to make and won’t break your budget!

What You’ll Need:

  • Carnations 
  • Scissors
  • Fishing Line
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Something to hang it from (they use a wedding arch but another popular choice is a stick)

How-to Steps:

  1. Cut the stems off of your carnations and separate the blooms into groups of about 15
  2. Measure the fishing line slightly longer than you think you’ll need— this excess line allows for room when you hang it up and to tie knots to secure the flowers in place. Push your needle through the stem of the carnation, and out through the center of the flower. Then tie a knot on the other side of the carnation to fix it on the line.
  3. The formation of every strand should be: Line—knot—carnation—knot—line
  4. Hang strands from desired location. For most average sized backdrops I suggest around 15 lines of flowers or more!

FiftyFlowers- Carnation Backdrop -A Practical Wedding


Don’t feel like you can only use these floral backdrops for weddings! Here is a an example from Kara’s Party Ideas that shows you can also use these backdrops for different types of parties— baby shower, bridal shower, birthday and other special occasions. How beautiful is this boho-inspired baby shower set-up?!


For more DIY inspiration and tutorials, check out our DIY page!


Keziah Norrell September 23, 2018 at 11:50 am


Love these carnation curtians, would you have any idea how long the carnations would last once this was constructed? Thinking of doing it for a wedding in the summer and wondering how far in advance we could do this?

Thalia Basulto September 25, 2018 at 11:28 am

Hi Keziah, I’d say about a day or two. The carnations will need to be properly hydrated prior to using them. I also recommend using Professional Glory, which aids in reducing transpiration (loss of moisture) to help fresh flowers and foliage last longer. 🙂


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