MAKE IT / 46

today we’re going to learn how to make a super easy, cheap and fun backdrop with jesi haack design. make it for your next party or just to have around the house, because backdrops make everything better! you might have already seen this one appear in a photo or two on my instagram, it was just too good not to share.

what you’ll need:

• chicken wire (4ft by 6ft)
• 3 pieces of 1” x 2” wood, 6ft tall
• spray paint
• hammer
• nails
• napkins
• staple gun

how to make it:

• start by spray painting your 3 pieces of wood and your chicken wire. you will only need to paint one side since the backdrop is meant to lean against a wall.

• next, lay down 2 of your long pieces of wood parallel to each other, then lay the 3rd over top, like you’re make the top of a square. nail the top piece to the top of the other two pieces to create the brace for your backdrop.

• it’s time to stretch your chicken wire. first, flip over your brace so that you are looking at the unpainted side of the wood. unroll the chicken wire and use your staple gun to attach the end to one of the pieces of wood. i would staple down every 3 inches. stretch the chicken wire over to the other piece of wood and pull it as tight as it will go to ensure there will be no rolls in the chicken wire.

• set the entire brace with your completed chicken wire up against a wall. now you’re ready to make your heart!

• place the napkin in your hand, and pull up the center of the napkin to make a point. start by setting the parameters of your heart.  place a napkin where the bottom point of the heart will be and also one where the middle point of the heart will be. then place 2 napkins at the farthest point of each of the rounds of the heart will be.

• then start filling in the full outline of the heart…

• you don’t have to use every single hole in the chicken wire, i used about every other hole. if you see gaps, just fill them in or fluff up the napkins! hope you make & enjoy. - jesi

use it as a photo backdrop or as a cheerful element in your office…

project by: jesi haack design for designlovefest
photos by: brittany wood
more DIY projects here and holiday entertaining tips here



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  • 1. Jennifer S  |  December 16th, 2013 at 7:19 am

    What a great, versatile idea! That’s basically what a lot of memory boards start as, and you could re-distribute the napkins and make all kinds of shapes. How fun!

  • 2. Regina  |  December 16th, 2013 at 7:33 am

    I LOVE IT! Once again, such an awesome DIY project I absolutely love. Thanks DLF for always getting my creative gears goin’!

  • 3. Shelley  |  December 16th, 2013 at 7:45 am

    That is such a cute project and fun pic prop. Once the base is up, there are endless possibilities beyond the heart. Thanks!

  • 4. Dana  |  December 16th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    oh, wow. it´s so nice and looks easy to handle.
    and you look so beautiful.


  • 5. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today  |  December 16th, 2013 at 9:06 am


  • 6. maggie  |  December 16th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    This is so freaking cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • 7. Jessica Wray  |  December 16th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    GOSH! so simple and so effective!

  • 8. Ice Pandora  |  December 16th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    This is super cuuuute!
    And I think this would look
    great on any wedding occasion c:

  • 9. JAY  |  December 16th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Cutest thing ever!

  • 10. Kory  |  December 16th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    How cute! This would even be cute for Valentines decor! Love!

  • 11. Erin Haslag  |  December 16th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    So so so cute! And simple! It takes me back to high school days and making floats for parades, too!

  • 12. Caroline  |  December 17th, 2013 at 5:27 am

    I am making this for a backdrop to my next wedding fair! x

  • 13. charlotte | the vintage vogue  |  December 17th, 2013 at 6:10 am

    this is BRILLIANT! wood frame, chicken wire, paper – there’s so many possibilities. I see DIY art for me home in the very near future – thanks DLF ladies

  • 14. laura  |  December 17th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    This is too cute and the perfect idea for our engagement pictures! Such a cute backdrop!

  • 15. justmebymyself  |  December 17th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    OMG! That’s a great Christma’s gift! I love airbnb and I’ve been travelling lately staying on apartments from there, so would be so great to win this! Thanks in advance for that ;)



  • 16. Lauren  |  December 17th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    We did something super similar for our wedding. http://www.cornwellfam.com/2013/08/our-wedding-wedding-decor.html

  • 17. Vanessa  |  December 18th, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Fabulous idea! Super adorable :)


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  • 19. Gina  |  January 19th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Great idea! I can’t wait to start! What paint color did you used? TIA.

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  • 21. Bailey  |  February 16th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    WOW what a project!! So creative!

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  • 23. Claudia  |  August 18th, 2014 at 12:41 pm


    I own a flower shop and would love to do this heart and hang it behind our window (inside the store). However you would be able to see it from both sides . . . people walking our sidewalk and shoppers that actually come in the store. How does the back side of the heart look? Is it as attractive?

  • 24. Darkshi Creations  |  September 17th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    OMG I LOVE THIS!!! I am so making this for my next engagement session. ^^

  • 25. Anthony  |  January 29th, 2015 at 9:49 am

    has anyone tired this project but using fresh flowers??



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