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Under A Rainbow - DIY Ribbon Canopy

I am so excited to share one of my favorite elements from Maggie and Taylor's wedding...(actually it was hers as well).  Maggie loves to dance and besides marrying her sweetheart, the thing she wanted most was dancing under the stars...and tons of color!


We had a huge area to cover in lights and ribbon.  When we began pricing ribbon, we figured it would cost about $2,000 to buy enough ribbon to cover this amazing garden in color.


One day I was searching Ebay for an antique and thought it would be worth a try to see if they would have a solution (as true to Ebay...they did)!  I found sarees, the Indian wrap dresses that come in silk or cotton and are 18 feet long by 4 feet wide.  They had an amazing gold embroidered edge and came in about 30 colors.  The shocking truth was I purchased them for $5.80 per dress!!!


When they came, they were more beautiful than I could have imagined.  I laid them out and cut them into 4" strips and then glued the ends together to make a very long 32 foot pure silk color ribbon.  In total the cost of the canopy came to $520.00 (including lights and poles).  Maggie wanted that boho-chic look and what is more boho than 1970 swag lights.  I found eight of them on Ebay.  Usually they price out at $300.00 a piece, but I bid low and was able to get them for around $40.00 a piece.


We gathered the ribbons in the center and clustered three swag lights which added colored light and a great point of interest.  For the poles, we went to Home Depot and found 15' electrical conduit poles for about $8.00 a piece.  I painted them with a bronze colored spray paint and drilled and screwed hooks to the tops to anchor ribbons and lights to.



To anchor the poles into the ground, we pounded 3 foot re-bar into the grass and slipped the poles over the top of the re-bar.  We strung the bistro lights around the perimeter of the poles, set the reclaimed wood tables on the two far sides and ran the ribbons from the center out to the poles and then spread them out across the tops of the bistro wires.






It was a dreamy night with all of her friends under the stars and a ribbon rainbow (after a massive thunderstorm)!  It was a fabulous dance party!!!  If you have any questions with how to pull this off or if you are interested in renting the canopy, bistro or swag lights, you can contact me and I will be happy to help you!

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