Scrappy Fabric Backdrop & Easy Peasy Pom Poms

Any regular readers will know that last month my Mum and I hosted a bee themed baby shower for my sister (who is now overdue and we are all getting impatient).

The last thing to share from the shower is the scrappy fabric backdrop I made for the buffet table which doubled up a photo backdrop, for some of their pregnancy pictures I took the next day.

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It turned out so beautifully, (if I do say so myself) that they have saved it to use at the christening!

I used my frame that I use in family sessions but you could easily use a bamboo garden cane. Tie three sticks together with cable ties and use two plant pots as bases!

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I bought 3m of 4 different fabrics in the sale bin of a local fabric shop. I literally jumped up and down and frightened the 65 year old shop keeper by exclaiming "I can't believe it's all bee colours!" 

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Cut your fabric into strips lengthways. The scrappier the better. Tie the lengths in a repeating pattern to the top of your frame, in a single knot.

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I used some awesome paper pom poms made by one of my sister's best friends. She very kindly agreed to share a tutorial but I would definitely recommend buying them from her. Check back soon, I hope to have a link to show you of her beautiful creations.

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Take roughly 10 sheets of tissue paper and concertina fold them. Cut the ends into a semi circle shape (or pointed for a spiky look) and tie the middle with string.

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Fan out your pom pom one side at a time. Pinch a layer at a time from the middle outwards and fluff to create a dome shape.

To create a ball, complete one side and turn over and repeat. We used the dome shaped pom poms as they lay flat against the backdrop. I used some ribbon, some wicker hearts, paper fans and some bee themed baby clothes from Asda to complete the effect!

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When it comes to paper pom poms I definitely think more is more! They are my favourite party decoration!