Apparently I needed another reason to take pictures of my daughter. Why else would I cover a canvas in tinsel garland?




We snap lots of candid pics throughout our days, but I’m usually distracted by clutter in the background. (How is it that I constantly feel like I’m cleaning, yet there’s still always a mess somewhere?!) All I wanted was a fun, somewhat plain background and tinsel garland was the answer! Once I gathered the three ingredients needed, it took me less than 10 minutes to complete our festive photo backdrop.

Tinsel Garland: I went with silver because I already had some and just needed to add a few more to complete the project. If you’re also using it as a photo backdrop, I would stick with using one color as to really highlight your subject. I used (5) 15 ft-long strands for the canvas size listed below.
Large Canvas: I used a 30″ x 40″ canvas. If you don’t have a canvas on-hand, you could use a large frame or even just a piece of sturdy cardboard. You won’t be damaging the canvas in any way, so once you are done with your tinsel backdrop, you can simply repurpose your canvas (or frame or cardboard) for later use.
Flat Tacks: I wanted the option to hang the backdrop for the holidays, so flat tacks allowed the canvas to be somewhat flush against the wall. I didn’t want to use tape because once removed, it would likely tear the tinsel and I wanted to save all materials for other projects or decor.


We threw a fluffy white blanket on the floor for the full-body shots. Somehow brown carpet didn’t look that great with shiny silver. (I know, I was super surprised myself. Wink wink.) This is what the makeshift studio looked like in our office-turned-playroom. Maybe someday I will reclaim some adult spaces in our house, but for now her stuff is everywhere!


We might even try to use it for our Christmas photos! And I think it could be a great backdrop in a wedding photo booth. So shiny and sparkly…




And now for the bloopers! …


Have a Happy Turkey Day, y’all! Travel safely, enjoy family, and don’t forget to wear your Thanksgiving pants!

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  • Reply
    November 26, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    I love this. Definitely going to do this for holiday pictures.

    • Reply
      November 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      It was so easy, Kim! LLG will sparkle even more… but is that even possible?!

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