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Folded-Paper Wall Backdrop

If you can cut and fold paper, then you can turn any blank space at your reception or ceremony site into a Pop Art showpiece.
Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2012

Tools and Materials

Scissors
8 1/2-by-11-inch Paper Presentation matte cover-weight letter paper (paperpresentation.com)
Metal ruler
Pencil
Craft knife
Cutting surface
Foam board (optional)
Removable painters' tape

Folded-Paper Wall Backdrop How-To

  1. Cut 3 inches off of the long side of each of 25 sheets of paper. 
  2. Using your ruler, mark the center point of each of the four sides of one sheet of paper (at 5 1/2 inches). Draw a line connecting the marks on opposite sides of the paper so it is divided into four equal squares. Cut along the lines with a craft knife. Repeat for the remaining 24 sheets.
  3. Fold each square in half diagonally, pressing opposite corners together.
  4. Create a grid on a piece of foam board or directly on the wall you are applying the decoration to. Using a pencil, lightly mark a square that is 4 1/2 feet on each side. Make a mark along the edges every 5 1/2 inches, then connect the marks on opposite sides to create 25 boxes.
  5. Play around with the colors and design by sticking one half of each folded paper square to the wall with removable painters' tape. Once you've decided on a pattern, repeat that all over the wall.