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Mod Party + Circle Photobooth DIY

Banana Republic approached us about doing a Mad Men party to launch their new Mad Men collection that comes out today.  We had some friends over to our studio for a little dinner and photobooth session and to try on the new collection. It was a really fun night. My friend Andrea did some awesome 60’s food and we made pompom party hats for our guests and my favorite part of all was the floating circle photobooth installation. The concept is really easy and just involves paper, glue and a sewing machine. The final effect is even more impressive in person because all the circles are constantly dancing around like a mobile. It is a super simple way to add lots of color to a party. Find the full instructions below after the jump.

All clothing from Banana Republic’s new Mad Men line. On Stacy: Textured Shell in Navy,  Gingham Crop Pants, Peggy Ballet Heel in SeashellBeauty chain necklaceChain Necklace (worn as a bracelet) On Jordan: Mod ShirtdressNicola Platform WedgeDome Ring On Alison: Peggy Knit Shift DressKary pointed-toe pump in Dove GrayChain Necklace On Rebecca: Vertical-Stripe DressKary pointed-toe pump in Black and WhiteLiza Pump in TaupeBeaded NecklaceContrast Clutch in BlackGeo Silk Scarf in Kapalua coral Sunglasses:Pink SunglassesMinna Sunglasses

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Materials Needed: Sewing Machine, Cardstock, Fast Drying Glue (this stuff is the best), and a few clothespins.

Step 1: Cut your paper down to 1.75″ thick and 11″ long.
Step 2: Leave an extra long tail of thread at the beginning and sew down the middle of the piece of cardstock. Use tape to make a guide on where to place the paper. Space about an inch between each strip of paper. Leave an extra long piece of thread at the end also.
Step 3: Add some fast drying glue to the end of each sewn strip and glue it to another strip of paper (this allows you to get the bigger circles but still use standard sized sheets of paper.)
Step 4: Add more fast drying glue to the end of the paper and close the circle by gluing together. Use a clothespin to hold it in place while it dries.
Step 5:  The mobiles have the best effect when the string is attached both to the ceiling and the floor. An alternative is to attache a flat metal weight to the bottom ring.

Photography by Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day
Art Directed by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Rebecca Wright
Crafting by Stacy Wichelhaus, Harper CasimiroJessica Heywood
Hair and Makeup by Morphic
A special thanks to all our friends for coming over to our party! 

This post is sponsored by Banana Republic. The third Mad Men collection launches in stores and online today. There are mad men cocktail parties at select locations tommorrow (2/28/2012) find your nearest participating location right here!

  1. Megan

    February 27, 2013

    Tell us more about your headband/hair pieces. Those are so fun!

  2. Chloe Moon

    February 27, 2013

    How awesome and seriously that party looks like so much fun! I love Mad Men so I have to check out the new collection!! That makeshift photobooth is so cool!!

  3. Rachel

    February 27, 2013

    Love the background! I would like to see how you made those fun pom pom hats too!

  4. Lisette

    February 27, 2013

    What a fun and festive collaboration!

  5. Valerie

    February 27, 2013

    I LOVE the photo props. Beautiful photography! (I agree, the pom pom hats are super cute too)

  6. LARY@ Inspiration Nook

    February 27, 2013

    Amazing! Love this!

  7. Carina

    February 27, 2013

    I love it! I am completely obsessed with Mad Men and that whole era. I will definitely be looking into those clothes. I would love to know about the food, and what exactly 60s food entails of.

  8. Moorea Seal

    February 27, 2013

    These photos are SO cute. I absolutely adore the styling!

  9. bex

    February 27, 2013

    @carina You should check out Andrea’s Blog (she did the catering for the party) and she gives some tips and tidbits on the 60’s inspired food she made.

  10. bex

    February 27, 2013

    I don’t think that link worked, but it is here:

    http://www.bakinbit.com/2013/02/27/mad-men-inspired-party-menu/

  11. Marie

    February 27, 2013

    Super cute! What a fun backdrop! :)

    http://www.happypaperplace.com

  12. ami@naivecookcooks

    February 27, 2013

    Wow it looks so amazing!!! I wish I was part of it!

  13. Elba Valverde

    February 27, 2013

    wow! These are amazing!! I love pink with orange

  14. Kaisa

    February 27, 2013

  15. Victoria Smith

    February 27, 2013

    so awesome!! i love it! xo

  16. Meg - De quelle planète es-tu?

    February 27, 2013

    These are such fun photos! Love that profile view of Paul!

  17. christine

    February 27, 2013

    Fabulous, simply fabulous!

  18. Mandy

    February 27, 2013

    Please do a how to on the pom pom hair pieces!

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • February 27, 2013

      We’ll do a post on the pompom head bands next week!

  19. Naomi Bulger

    February 27, 2013

    I seriously end up bookmarking almost every post you publish!

  20. Mare

    February 27, 2013

    Please share your pom headband creations. Id love to copy them!

  21. alicia

    February 27, 2013

    so awesome, love the continuous moving funky background!! and obviously a huge fan of both mad men and the pom pom headpieces :)

  22. Melissa

    February 27, 2013

    Great pics! Who did the photography?

  23. Amie

    February 27, 2013

    Wow what a beautiful party! I love the idea of photo backdrops at parties…they really do make such a feature and it is so much fun getting people together posing around and having a laugh! Will def do this at my next party :)
    xoxo Amie @ Spoonful of Vintage

  24. Monica

    February 27, 2013

    This is adorable. Looks like the setting for the look book of some uber cool fashion house.

  25. Mags @ From the Mind of Mags

    February 27, 2013

    These photos are amazing!

    xoxo
    Mags
    http://magsmind22.blogspot.com

  26. alissa

    February 27, 2013

    jordan, did you lengthen the hem on your dress? it looks shorter on the BR website. i also would want it knee-length. just wondering if it is as short as it looks on the website. or if it’s longer on shorter legs?

    you look adorable! – and the whole party looks awesome.

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • February 27, 2013

      Nope! The dress was a standard size. I’m 5′ 4″ though…on the shorter side.

  27. Danielle

    February 27, 2013

    I love everything about this post!
    The colours, the styling, the decorations!
    All of these colours POP! and it’s just stunning.

    Would also love to read a how-to for those pom-pom headpieces, looking forward to it!

    Cheers!

  28. xfallenmoon

    February 27, 2013

    what an awesome backdrop. looks like so much fun to make too. what did you do with it once you were done? btw, that little animation is A-awesome. (: looooove all the colors.

    love, x
    blog | twitter

  29. mom in mendon

    February 27, 2013

    SO CLEVER!! It would be cute even if the circles held still, but it’s extra fun that they’re in motion.

  30. Indian Wedding

    February 27, 2013

    That party looks so much fun. Love the photobooth idea… The colors are awesome..

  31. life is a shoe

    February 27, 2013

    love this! so cute and colorful!

  32. Bellenza Bistro

    February 28, 2013

    Once again, I’m in awe at the sheer creative FUN of this backdrop idea!

  33. Luisa M

    February 28, 2013

    oh myyyyy!!! Loving this new BR Mad Men collection and loving all the vibrant colours in this post!! <3

    http://sydneycorporate.blogspot.com.au/

  34. Internships

    February 28, 2013

    It really awesome article. I love it very much. thanks for this nice blog.

  35. Ana

    February 28, 2013

    This looks so fun! And I love the new Mad Man collection! You guys have done a really good job. :)

  36. Jesse

    February 28, 2013

    what a fun party! i am obsessed with that navy and green dress.

  37. Stephanie

    February 28, 2013

    Can’t wait to find a reason to recreate that backdrop! Lovin’ the Mad Men Collection…every one looks fabulous!

  38. Renuka

    March 2, 2013

    Love the Mad Men Collection! Love the circle backdrop!

  39. Kate of the Kate Keeper

    March 4, 2013

    I’m new to your blog and I absolutely love it! Amazing pictures and what a fun theme – parties! You’re an inspiration to an aspiring lifestyle blogger like me :)

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