Twisted Vellum Backdrop

This luxe-looking backdrop is a piece of cake to DIY. It’s simply strips of vellum paper taped to a wall and twisted. Emulate the look using pulled sugar on a tiered confection and you’ll be golden.

Photography by: Alison Gootee


  • Foam board
  • Paint (in the same shade as your vellum)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Vellum paper (we used a 25-by-38-inch sheet)
  • Scissors
Photography by: Alison Gootee


  1. Cover the foam board with paint in the same color as the vellum, to prevent the board from showing through; let dry.
  2. Affix a piece of double-sided tape across the top of the board. Cut vellum into 1 1/2-inch-wide strips. Attach a strip to the tape and twist it under and then back over itself; tug the strip gently and secure at the bottom of board with tape. Repeat with four strips, keeping vellum edges flush but not overlapping.
  3. To create the V shape, reverse the twisting technique, twisting the vellum strip over and then back under itself. Repeat with four more strips.
  4. Continue the process, varying the twisting points, until you’ve covered the board.

The Details

Gold vellum, $2.50 for a 25-by-38-inch sheet, New York Central Art Supply, 212-473-7705.