How to Make a Paper Plate Backdrop for your Next Party

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Paper Plate Backdrop

I found this fabulous idea for making a dramatic backdrop using paper plates from Hailey I's and Amy H's photos on our site, Catch My Party.  

I love how they can match with any occasion and you can even vary the colors of the plates to make patterns.  

Here is one way to make this inexpensive, yet striking, backdrop:

What you'll need

  • Colored, square paper plates
  • Foam core board
  • Adhesive dots or tape

How to make it

  1. Collect colored, square paper (or plastic) disposable plates. You can choose a single color for the entire background, or alternate colors in a pattern you like.

    You could also have smaller plates in the center of each larger plate, for a colorful and/or textured effect.

  2. Gather two, four, or more foam core boards (depending on how large you would like your backdrop).  

    Note these are not poster boards, but are about a quarter-inch thick foam boards.  You can find them at many places, from art supply shops to dollar stores.

  3. paper plate backdrop with borders

    Lay out your foam core boards, and arrange your plates on them however you like.  It depends on their actual sizes, but I find that six plates will cover one foam core board.

    You can leave borders on one or more ends, as shown here -- just make sure the plates touch each other so there is little-or-no white space between them.

  4. Carefully lay the foam core boards down on a large table or work surface, and tape your boards together.  

    The boards are thick and should stack together fairly well, but the tape will provide some needed, additional support.  


  5. Lay the taped-together boards flat on a table and arrange your paper plates on them in the way you think looks best.

  6. Using adhesive dots or tape -- double sided, packing, masking, painters, duct, or regular office tape will do -- affix each plate onto the foam core board, continuing until your boards are filled out with plates.  I found working outwards from the center worked best for me.

  7. Paper plate backdrop with fabric garland

    Set your completed backdrop on the back of your dessert table, and simply lean it against the wall -- no tape marks on your walls!  

    Or, if you like, you could use temporary adhesive clay to affix the boards directly to a painted wall.

  8. Paper plate backdrop with fabric garland

    You could also add a colorful, "shabby-chic," fabric garland to string across your backdrop, as shown here.

  9. Set out your treats and tablescape and enjoy your party!

    Photo credit: Catch My Party.

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