DIY: Straw Backdrop

DIY Straw Backdrop

This weeks DIY includes a rad new way to use straws that is perfect for wedding decor or a photo booth backdrop! Our newest DIY contributor The Confetti Committee crafted up this colorful straw backdrop above and is sharing how to make it! The use of straws gives off a fun drapery effect and I think any other color combos in your wedding would make for a sweet piece. Let’s see how to make the backdrop…

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What You’ll Need:
• String
• Plastic straws
• Spray paint (we like to buy graffiti spray paints because they have the best color selection)
• Large needle (embroidery needles work great!)
• Scissors
• Command Hooks or clear tacks
• Clips (optional)

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Step 1: Cut your straws in half. You will need approximately 1500 cut straws to make a photo booth-sized backdrop.

Step 2: Thread your needle to a 9-10 foot long piece of string.

Step 3: Attach the other end of the string to a clothes hanger by using the mini clips or simply tying the string on.

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Step 4: Thread the string through the cut straws, just like you did with macaroni when you were a kid. Continue stringing until you have about a hundred strands.

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Step 5:  Spray paint the strands in whatever colors you choose.

Step 6: Place you hooks or tacks on a wall. We placed ours in two vertical columns that were spaced 8 feet apart. Each column consisted of 4-5 hooks spaced 12 inches apart.

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Step 7: Gather a bunch of strands and tie them together at one end.

Step 8: Hang the gathered bunch on a hook.

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Step 9: Swag the strands across and hang on another hook, swagging and hanging back and forth until the entire bunch is hung. Repeat this step with each color.

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That’s it! Pretty simple to make such a statement piece! And thinking with lots of straws this would look so super rad!! If you make one of our DIY projects, be sure to share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY – we love seeing how your projects turn out! :)

DIY created by The Confetti Committee exclusively for GWS. See more of their work here

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Rocky Mountains Campground Wedding: Leah + Mackenzie

rocky mountain wedding

Even before Leah + MacKenzie were officially engaged, they talked about what they wanted their wedding day to be like. We know so many couples do the same thing! It’s great to get yourselves on the same page right from the start. Leah + Mackenzie agreed that their day had to be fun, casual and 100% “them”. No sit-down dinners or stuffy venues. So a party in the mountains was a must, because that is where they spend much of their time and that’s where they fell in love! Sounds like a perfect plan to us! I’ll let Leah share more about how the day unfolded:

The day started off getting ready outside, and my bridesmaids put together a champagne breakfast for all the ladies. After we had our first look, we took off to do portraits at the top of an old ski hill. Everyone went straight from the ceremony to the party, and we had a live band pumping out the country music for everyone to do some two-stepping. MacKenzie had even custom-built a round wood dance floor for the tent! Food was served out of a food truck all night long and everyone had  Mackay’s Ice Cream for dessert. And when we fell into bed around 4:30am, after being up for about 24 hours we couldn’t get over how perfectly everything had turned out. We had so much fun, lucked out with beautiful weather (particularly for the mountains, it snowed two days later!), and many people told us it was one of the most memorable and favorite weddings they had ever been to. We even had a mama grizzly and two bear cubs show up during the ceremony to check things out! We loved it and it was just so us…

The gorgeous photos from Nordica Photography totally capture the intimate, laid back vibe of the day, don’t you think?

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first look

first look

first look

rocky mountain wedding

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom


Leah wore a pearl necklace and diamond + sapphire bracelet that belonged to her late grandmother. And her mom and cousin both wore the necklace on their own wedding day, too. Such a sweet way of incorporating meaningful family heirlooms into your day!

rocky mountain bride

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

wedding party


This setting is pretty unreal! For all of you Canadian couples who are interested in checking out this location for your day, it’s the lower lake group camp at Kananaskis Country Campgrounds in Alberta!

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wedding party

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

window sign

rocky mountain wedding

rocky mountain wedding

rocky mountain wedding

Processional: Bridal Party: That’s How Strong My Love Is – Ryan Bingham; Bride: Sea of Love – Cat Power

Recessional: Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

First Dance: Dancing Shoes – Green River Ordinance

rocky mountain wedding

rocky mountain wedding

rocky mountain wedding

rocky mountain wedding

rocky mountain wedding

rocky mountain wedding

rocky mountain wedding

rocky mountain wedding

rocky mountain wedding

wedding signs

photo clothesline

driftwood centerpieces

mason jar drinks

food cart

guest book

cut out masks

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Leah + Mackenzie, what a beautiful day! Congratulations + best wishes from all of us at GWS!

photography: Nordica Photography // venue: Lower Lake Group Camp, Kananaskis Country Campgrounds Kananaskis in Alberta, Canada // officiant: Maxean Brigley // make-up + hair: Danni Hanson // catering: The Dogfather, Mackay’s Ice Cream // invitations + website: Paperless Post and Wedding JoJo // band: Roger West & the Bounty Hunters // gown: Pronovias // bridesmaids: Sundresses were from Billabong; Cardigans were from Zara // jewelry: Rings custom-made by The Jeweller’s Bench in Cochrane // bridesmaids jewelry: Alexandrea’s Jewels

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Mid-Century Metals Wedding Inspiration

mid century metals inspiration

We’re big fans of mid-century decor + design here at GWS. So, as soon as we laid eyes on this super pretty shoot, which takes all the best elements of this fun + stylish era and translates them beautifully into picture-perfect wedding inspiration, we were definitely smitten! Kelsey + Talon of Feather and Twine were the talent behind the lens + Jennifer Laura Design conceptualized + designed the session. And choosing 5226 Elm in Houston for their backdrop was definitely a fab choice. The crisp, white gallery walls were just begging to be adorned with all kinds of mid-century pretty, and the breathtaking outdoor courtyard was the perfect spot to set up a sweet, stylish tablescape + snag a few pretty portraits! See for yourself…

gold and black stripes invitation

gold chain backdrop

gold chain backdrop

metal shaped bow tie


Majorly love this swagged chain ceremony site installation and the bride’s lovely protea + ranunculus bouquet, which included artfully infused metal touches, like gold + copper nuts and bolts!

mid century metal bride

mid century metal bride

mid century metals inspiration


Winifred Bean’s Tulipe dress is one of our all time faves + was a perfect fit for the tone of the shoot. It’s currently available in the GWS shop, so pop over there for more details + to make it yours! Oh, and it comes in blush too!

mid century metals inspiration

mid century metal bouquet


The table was filled with fun metal detailing, our fave being the installation of washers, which Jennifer spray painted gold + fashioned as a twist on a table runner. And underfoot there was a pretty pile of layered rugs – something we always love!

mid century metal tablescape

copper painted glasses

copper wire table names

mid century metal tablescape

gold washer table design

mid century metal tablescape

mid century metals inspiration


And Sugar Bee Sweets killed it with this cake, right?! Such a perfect fit!

mid century metals inspiration

mid century metal and black cake

mid century metal and black cake


Thanks to the creative group of wedding artists below for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Feather and Twine // planning, design + florals: Jennifer Laura Design // venue: 5226 Elm Houston, Texas // stationery: Cheer Up Press // makeup + hair: Hey Lovely Makeup // cake: Sugar Bee Sweets // dress: Winifred Bean // place cards + table number: Bonsaizeek // metal bow tie:  jjd85262 // painting backdrop: Jennifer Harrup // rentals: Swift and Co.

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryFeather & Twine Photography, Cheer Up Press, and Jennifer Laura Design are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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