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July 4th Paper Photo Backdrop

The 4th of July is right around the corner! To get ready for some July 4th fun, I want to show you how to create an easy banner and backdrop for your Independence Day party. I love these accordion paper circles and the overall vintage, “carnival” look of my banner.

July 4th paper photo backdrop

July 4th paper photo backdrop craft

I enjoy pulling smaller craft elements together to create a photo backdrop. It’s fun trying to find what elements fit together to tell the greater story. The paper circles, made from old books, fans and twine come together to create a vintage style backdrop. All I need is a few hot dogs and ice cream to finish it off!

To create the paper garland, you will need:

  • An old book
  • Twine
  • Craft glue
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Circle cutter

July 4th paper photo backdrop paper

To make one paper fan, start by cutting out two pages from your old book. I used an old poetry book for this part, and the pages were about 5″ x 7.”

July 4th paper photo backdrop prepare the paper

Accordion fold both pages. Make sure each page has the same number of folds.

July 4th paper photo backdrop string

Tie both of the paper folds together with twine. Once knotted, cut off the excess twine.