macramé + garland backdrop tutorial featured on Ruffled Blog / by Annie Armstrong

Building your ceremony decor may come across as daunting or even straight up scary, but this very simple DIY will lead you through how to build and elegant backdrop perfect for a wedding or any kind of party. All photos by Jesialex Photography | Venue: Light Lab


Supplies // you will need:


  • a branch, rod, or pole long enough for two people to stand under 
  • cotton rope -- about 4 bundles
  • floral snips
  • floral wire for wrapping the garland
  • assorted greenery -- I used: italian ruscus, baby blue eucalyptus, leather leaf fern, plumosus fern, lemon leaf, and kumquat foliage
  • blooms of your choice

Step One: Once you have your supplies all together you'll want to start with knotting the rope. Space each knot about 3-4 inches away from one another and double up your rope to do a simple loop over the branch and weave the rest of your rope through. You should have an uneven number of knots, and each knot should have two strands of rope hanging from it. Wrap the rope around and tie a knot at the base of each loop.


Step Two: Keep your rope strands untangled and begin your knotting process. Take the inner two strands of the first base knots on the left and tie another knot with them. I like to leave about 3-4 inches from the base knots to the first row, and then to keep consistent all the way through to create a nice even diamond shape. Continue this through the rest of the rope strands until you reach the other side. Do this again until you have between 3 to 4 rows of knots or unit it looks good to you.


Step Three: Build your garland! Gather a few different bunches of greens and layer them on top of one another. Wrap your wire around them a few times, be sure that it is very secure as this is kind of the lock, of the garland. Next continue to add greens and wrap them with the wire. You want to use a continual strand of wire, not individual pieces to wrap the whole garland. Don't worry about the wire pressing down on any of the leaves as you're wrapping, since the next layer of greenery will cover it. Allow some pieces to hang down and to be wild. When you're nearing the last foot or so of the garland, flip the direction that you are feeding the greens in so that the finishing side is nice and fluffy too. Cover up any areas where you can see the wire to make sure the garland is nice and full.


Step Four: Attach your garland to the branch. Zip ties, twine, or more floral wire work great here. I prefer asymmetry and like for my garland to hang just off one side of the branch.

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Step Five: Here's the fun part, add all your favorite blooms! I used juliet and romantic antike garden roses, blue hybrid delphinium, clematis, and ranunculus. You can use water picks here for your flowers to last longer, but make sure they're tucked in securely and so you can't see any of the tube. Now, step back and enjoy!