Inspiration: How to Make a Floral Backdrop

If you stopped by anytime during the month of April, no doubt you saw the beautiful floral wall/backdrop we used for the Derby Dress of the Day series. In reading the comments and hearing feedback, it was clear that the backdrop stole the show on more than one occasion so I knew it needed a post of it’s own.

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When I set out brainstorming on ways to make this past year’s Derby series even better than last, I immediately knew I wanted to create some sort of whimsical backdrop. Something that captured the bright, fun spirit of spring but would compliment the dresses and headpieces without overpowering the scene. Enter Jaclyn Journey. Jaclyn is an insanely talented event planner and floral designer who just happens to be best pals and share studio space with Whitney Neal (the gal behind the lens of all my outfit pics). If you’re getting married sometime soon, call her. She is truly wonderful to work with and her aesthetic is both dreamy and aspirational but also inviting and comfortable. 

I’ve wanted to work more with Jaclyn for forever and this project proved to be the perfect opportunity. After a couple meetings and some shared Pinterest brainstorming (see the inspiration here), Jaclyn had it all figured out. With a collection of blooms from the team at, she created the amazing wall that became the backdrop for almost the entire Derby series. The backdrop was so beautiful that it was a little heartbreaking to tear it all down at the end. I wished I could just relocate it to my house (as crazy out of place as it would be) to just enjoy it a little longer.

A backdrop like this would be beautiful for a wedding – at the alter or as a photo booth backdrop –  a spring party or bridal shower. You can make it your own by picking a color palette to match your event or changing up the sizing. Check out Jaclyn’s amazing work and then get the steps on making one yourself.

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What you’ll need: 

* Photo Backdrop Stand 
* Muslin Backdrop Paper

* Fresh Flowers of your Choice – We used approx. 5 bunches (mix of real and silk).
Jaclyn used a mix that included lots of fresh garden roses from great team at  but you could use silk flowers for something more permanent/long-lasting. Tip: Go for bigger blooms that make a bigger visually impact.
* Water Tubes 


1. Set up the photo stand with backdrop paper. Secure in place with clamps.
Note: Whitney already had this in her studio to use but if you’re not wanting to splurge on a stand, you could attempt to hang it with clamps from a wire. You’re just going to need some space between the wall and the backdrop. Making sure your stand/backdrop is secure is the most important part of the process. You don’t want the entire thing to collapse. 

You could probably use burlap or another fabric as a backdrop if you wanted, you’ll just need scissors to cut small holes in the material. 

2. Cut flowers.
Jaclyn cut the stems down so that they were around 3 or 4 inches long.
Tip: Go for bigger blooms that make a bigger visually impact. 

3. Create a game plan. Before you just start poking holes and placing the flowers in, lay out some of the buds in clusters so you can get an idea of the look and tinker with it before you place them.
Once you poke that hole, you can’t take it back! 

4. Get your water tubes ready.
Having these filled and ready to go will make the placement more seamless and will save time. 

5. Poke a hole in the paper and place bloom through.
At this point, you can take a step back and determine whether you want to change up the flower. 

6. Secure in back with water tube.

7. Repeat until complete.
I suggest stepping back a bunch to check out your progress and make sure you’re getting the look you want. 

Floral Backdrop by Jaclyn Journey 
Photos by Whitney Neal
Flowers c/o


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    The Kentucky Gent

    May 11, 2015

    Jaclyn is definitely an ace when it comes to anything to do with florals, and this backdrop was one of my favorite creations of hers!

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

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    May 11, 2015

    Wow, that floral backdrop is out of this world gorgeous!! I loved seeing the images of how it all came together.

    Something About That

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    Designs By Katy

    May 12, 2015

    This is so lovely! I cannot get enough peonies.

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    March 17, 2017

    I’d absolutely love this as a backdrop for my wedding! Timing is a concern, since it would haven’t to be set up on site… About how long did it take you to add all the flowers?

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      March 19, 2017

      Hi Mandy –
      I didn’t make it personally but I watched Jaclyn put it all together. It took her about an hour and a half to put together. I’m sure it would take less if you had help.

      Hope it works out!

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    March 30, 2017

    Hi! this is such a beautiful idea. Do you remember roughly how much it cost to put together? Thanks

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      March 30, 2017

      I worked with a company on the florals for this and already had the backdrop so it was relatively inexpensive. The backdrop, water tubes and clamps are pretty inexpensive and depending on the flowers you choose – you can make it fit your budget. But sorry, I don’t know the exact cost.

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    September 27, 2017

    Hi! I want to make this backdrop for an engagement party, but I don’t have much time to set up. I’m thinking of making it with all silk flowers. Do you know how she attached them?

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      September 28, 2017

      Yes, I describe how they are attached via the water tubes in the back. You can also just stick them through if you use silk. The paper will hold it if you have a strong enough backdrop. Good luck!

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    December 28, 2017

    Nice floral backdrop. A simple and easy DIY for any wedding that will make a HUGE impression.

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    Mediha Sayeeduddin

    October 31, 2018

    This is beautiful! What kinds of flowers did you use? Just peonies or?

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    Melissa henry

    February 7, 2019

    Hi is there anyway I can rent this back drop? Thank you

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      February 11, 2019

      Hi – No, sorry- I wish. This was made with fresh flowers like 4 years ago.

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    Nicole C. Ikefuna

    May 30, 2019

    How long did they last?

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      May 31, 2019

      We only needed it for a one day shoot but I would imagine it would last for up to 3 days.

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    July 19, 2019

    How many flowers were used? How many real and how many silk? Would love to see more shots taken with this backdrop!

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      July 22, 2019

      Hi Heidi – I couldn’t tell you exactly the breakdown but there are TONS of posts with this background. If you search my the archives from April 2015, there are probably 10 – 20 posts with this backdrop.