DIY Tissue Paper Leaf Backdrop

Need something to do with all that tissue paper you save from gifts (like from your bridal shower)? If you’re like me, you can’t bear to throw it all away and see it go to waste. This is a very easy tutorial to turn all that tissue paper into a pretty backdrop for your alter, welcome table, or photo booth!

Tissue Paper Leaf Backdrop


  • Tissue paper (chances are you have a ton of it for free, but if not, you can buy a pack at the dollar store)
  • String (I used white elastic because I had some left over from another project, but you can use any kind of string or heavy thread)
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors (Let’s assume you already own a pair!)

Estimated cost: $5

DIY Tissue Paper Leaf Backdrop


Step 1: Cut several strands of string to your desired length. For this project I cut six strands of string that were five feet long. You’ll need to decide the right amount and length for your space.

DIY Tissue Paper Leaf Backdrop
Step 1: Cut several strands of string to desired length

Step 2: Fold your tissue paper several times over so you can cut a bunch of leaves at once. I cut my leaf by freehand but feel free to use some kind of template or use a pencil to draw it out. Don’t worry – as you can see from my example, they don’t have to be perfectly shaped! In fact, I think it looks better when they are all a little different.

DIY Tissue Paper Leaf Backdrop
Step 2: Cut leaves out of tissue paper

DIY Tissue Paper Leaf Backdrop

Step 3: Measure about a foot from the top of the string to leave bare. This will allow you to tie your string to whatever you are using. Again, you will have to judge the best length for this based on your needs.

Step 4: Take two leaves of the same color, and preferably from the same batch you cut out so that they match. Carefully apply glue to one side of one leaf, place the string on top, then apply glue to the other leaf, and place it on top of the first leaf and string, lining them up the best you can. Be very careful and gentle with the glue, so you don’t rip your leaves. Also, don’t forget to put down some newspaper or cloth to protect whatever surface you are working on.

Note: Position the leaves differently on the string to for a more natural look, or position all leaves in the same direction for a very modern, symmetrical style.

DIY Tissue Paper Leaf Backdrop
Step 4: Glue leaves to the string

DIY Tissue Paper Leaf Backdrop

DIY Tissue Paper Leaf Backdrop

Step 5: Repeat Step 4 as often as desired! For mine, I did six leaves per string, about six inches apart.

DIY Tissue Paper Leaf Backdrop
Step 5: Glue several leaves onto the string, leaving space in between

Step 6: Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for each string!

Step 7: Put your leaf strands somewhere safe to dry. Once they are dry, you can use scissors to trim away any imperfections on the leaves (or just leave the imperfections – it adds character!).

Step 8: Hang your leaf stands as desired. Ta-da! Almost instant backdrop!

DIY Tissue Paper Leaf Backdrop
Finished! Paper leaf backdrop

The leaves are perfect for fall, but you could do this with any shape, like flowers for spring or snowflakes for winter.  What shape would you choose for your wedding?  It’s an easy and cheap project that makes a huge statement. If you try this DIY, be sure to send us pictures!


  1. I save all of my tissue too, but I end up re-using it for other peoples gifts. I never really thought about using it for a craft project but this is really neat. I can totally see us doing snowflakes for Christmas or see this as a nice photobooth backdrop like you mentioned. It’s so simple too. Thanks for sharing!

    My wedding is long gone, BUT I can foresee little tiara’s for a Princess themed birthday party or bachelorette party, or perhaps little tissue bats for a Halloween party?

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