Painted Backdrop Tutorial

Yesterday I showed you this fantastically creative baby shower by Honeycomb Events & Design, and couldn’t help but go nuts for the painted backdrop. I’m excited to share the tutorial for this today, which is made with plywood and paint. Jeff created this geometric lattice pattern based off of a design he saw on a duvet cover. He shows you step-by-step how to make it, but you can also apply his techniques to other patterns as well….Oh the possiblilities!

  • To begin, Jeff primed a large piece of plywood with 2 coats of glossy white primer.
  • The pattern was not as complicated as it looks. It breaks down into a series of squares. The key is to measure twice, and paint once.
  • Use painters tape to lay out the pattern and firmly press down all the tape lines.
  • The key to ensure that there’s no bleeding is to paint over the tape with more white paint. This may seem redundant and a lot of people skip this step, but it will save you so much time and the end when you have little to no touch-up jobs. When the white paint dries it creates a seal between the paint and the board, ensuring the colors have crisp, straight lines.
  • Next paint in the squares with the 2 different colors of craft paint, in the pattern you want.
  • Let paint dry and remove tape carefully.


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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. How big is the original square?

  2. LOVE this!! So clever!!

  3. What a great idea for a backdrop. I love how the geometric shapes are different! Thanks for posting this!


  4. This is such a fantastic idea, love it!!

  5. jennifer says:

    Did you just prop the backdrop or was it secured with something when used for the dessert table?

  6. Hello! I just wanted to say a big thank you for this post. It completely inspired me when I was making over a wardrobe – bright, bold and beautiful! You can take a look at my interpretation if you would like to. Geometric patterns – yeah!


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