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Photobooth Cardboard Cutouts

Today I’m doing a campaign with Shutterfly on how to create cardboard cutouts for a photobooth. I remember wooden versions of these at county fairs growing up and they make me feel a little bit nostalgic. Depending on your party you could recreate these in just about any theme. Think: Cowboys for a western theme. Aliens and Astronauts for a space theme. The whole process is pretty simple but it does take about an hour or so to make each character. Here is how we made them.

Large Pieces of Cardboard (refrigerator boxes work great for this.)
Projector (we borrowed one from a friend)
Acrylic Paint and Paint Brushes

Step 1. Once you’ve decided on the characters you want to make you can draw them yourself or download ours below.

Step 2. Project the images with a projector onto the wall. Prop up the cardboard so the image lands on it and then trace it out. If you are making them for kids you’ll want to make them shorter so move the projection so it gets smaller.

Step 3. Paint the cardboard in colors and once its dry outline it with black paint for a cartoon-y effect.

Step 4. Cut out characters with sharp knife like a box cutter.

Et voila! The cutouts will be all ready for your guests to mix and match the characters for the perfect party photo op.

Click below to download some characters to trace.

Thank you to Aubrey Trinnaman for the photography and Alexis Birkmeyer for her master tracing skills and for pulling it all together.

All photos by Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day

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Photobooth Props DIY and Free Printable

This post is part of a campaign I’m doing with Shutterfly on How to Make a Great Photobooth. Over the next few weeks I’ll be giving DIY tips on how to make them. Every good party needs a photobooth! The best photobooths have props so your guests can cut loose and get silly. If you’ve moved on from just moustaches (so 2009!) here is a DIY to make a whole slew of 15 photobooth props (can you spy the hat from Kate and Will’s wedding?-very 2011!) The best part? There is a free downloadable pdf so all you need to do is print and your guests will be saying “cheese” in no time! You can find the directions and free download below!

8.5×11 paper and 11×17 inch paper if you want to make the bigger pieces.
Foam core
Spray Mount
Exacto Knife

Step One: Click on the free printable button (at the bottom of this post) and print out pictures of the props.

Step Two: Using the spray mount adhere the paper to the foam core.

Step Three: Using a sharp exacto knife cut out the shapes of the props.

Step Four: Tape the dowel to the backside of the prop. Voila! You’ve got your very own set of photobooth props!

Click on the button below to download the free printables.

Thanks to Aubrey Trinnaman for the photos and to Alexis Birkmeyer for helping me pull everything together. A special thanks to Lauren Stiebler for the illustrations.

All photos by Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day

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Mother’s Day Breakfast + Free Printable

Mother’s Day is on Sunday (so soon!) here is a sweet little way to personalize the breakfast in bed ritual. It’s a free printable pdf that allows you to put little notes and memories on flags and stick it in the breakfast food. It’s very easy to do (just add glue and toothpicks!) so kids can do this. See the instructions below.

Materials: Printable PDF, toothpicks, glue and tape.

Step One: Print out pdf and cut out the shapes.

Step Two: Fill out the blank tags and glue or tape them to toothpicks to make little flags and signs.

Step Three: Surprise Mom with Breakfast in Bed!

Just right click on the image below to download.