Y’all should have seen my dad’s face when I told him I was going to need a rose wall for Disney Dinners: Alice in Wonderland. Thought of as Instagram goals and exorbitantly expensive, my dad came up with a way to build a gorgeous rose wall for less than $150!
I originally wanted a solid flower wall but I ended up liking the way the astro turf (technically, a grass run) photographed even better! It really popped and I saved literally hours, days, weeks worth of time that it would have taken to build flower mats. Instead we stapled super thin astro turf to plywood and hung some rose garlands on it. You could of course use whatever flower garlands like you like. Here’s the grass rug that I used:
Please note that this is a 6′ rug. I wanted an 8′ tall rose wall so I got two and now have extra to play with. You could of course do a 6′ foot wall if you’d rather.
This same concept could be used for countless other event photo op walls. My dad built it in probably an hour or two using 2x4s I already had. I’m so in love with this so expect to see many a coffee photo in front of my rose wall. Here’s how he built it!
4×8′ plywood (3/8″ thickness)
4 three foot 2x4s for braces
2 eight foot 2x4s for diagonal braces
8 1-1/2″ screws for braces
12 3″ screws
Enough Astro turf (technically grass rug) to cover 4×8′ plywood
5 six foot rose garlands
9 small nails to hang rose garlands
- Start with a 4×8′ (3/8″ thickness) piece of plywood. We’re going to build a theatre-style back so that the wall stands up straight. Next screw in the 2x4s across the back from the grass side, one at the very bottom of the rose wall and one about 2/3 of the way up straight across the 4′ foot side of the wall. You’ll need to place the 2x4s where you want them on the back but then screw them in place from the front. This way you won’t have screws sticking into your beautiful grass.
- Use staple gun to staple astro turf/grass rug directly onto front of wall.
- Stand wall up perpendicular to ground. You’ll need someone to hold it or use your garage door to lean the wall on for support. Screw in remaining two 3′ 2x4s on either side of the bottom brace that you’ve just screwed in place.
- Cut the 8′ 2x4s with a skill saw to fit diagonally so that it’s flush to the back of the wall and the interior side of the brace of the bottom braces. (See photos below.) Screw diagonals into the top brace on the side first, then the bottom brace that you’ve just attached.
- Hang rose garlands as desired on small nails nailed directly into astro turf. Enjoy!
Here are some shots of the back so you can see what we’re talking about. Please excuse my messy garage!
Ta da! Now is that clever or what? What’s great about this design is that the garlands are easily removable so you could swap out years of different looks! (Update: see this rose wall at my Kentucky Derby party for a different look.) Think of the photo ops you can have with your own rose wall. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I’m enjoying mine. Thanks, Dad!
Read more about my Alice in Wonderland dinner party here. Watch the Alice in Wonderland episode of The Rose Table:
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