DIY Photobooth Board

I promised I’d show you our photobooth that Mr. B and I produced with 3 days until our wedding. I thought it had fallen off of our to-do list, but after a trip to Home Depot and a suggestion from his stepfather, it was brought to life.

Like many before me, the inspiration started with this Sasha Souza creation:

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After brainstorming a way to make ours light and without stands, we bought large sheet of this Styrofoam. I’m not sure what it’s really used for, but it worked for us.

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I found some fabric I liked and spray glued it to the foam board.

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We used Elmer’s spray glue and let it sit for 10 mins.

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Mr. B and stepfather, Gary, made these frames the previous day from scrap moulding. We played with the placement until we were happy.

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He used a box cutter to cut the fabric along the outside of the frame. This way, the frame could be glued to the board and not the fabric.

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He peeled the cut fabric off the board and put it aside.

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The frame was glued to the board.

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He repeated the process for the remaining frames and used the discarded material to cover the bottom of the board.

Next, it was my turn. I printed out the following photos on our computer and framed them in silver.

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All are wedding photos from family members, except Mr. B’s USMC photo that I just thought was so handsome I had to add.

Mr. B waited until the day of the wedding to cut out the foam in the frames and glue the photos to the board. I didn’t see the finished product until it was hanging in the courtyard during our reception.

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Ok, so a few notes:

1.You may notice that the horizontal square is broken. “Someone” thought the board was sturdier than it was and tried to put weight on it, ending with that person lying flat on their back on the ground below and the photobooth slightly broken.

2. If you are going to hang your booth, hang it lower than you think. The space in the frames is largely unused because it was hanging too high for most guests. Also have a set plan for hanging. Without a plan, we ended up looping ribbon from the frames.

3. Don’t hang the booth in front of strong light. I haven’t seen the pro shots of this yet, but I imagine ours would have looked better if it was hanging in front of an un-lit wall.

4. Don’t wait until the day-of to cut out the holes. White foam was everywhere, but because it was done last minute, we hadn’t prepared for that. If you are the type of person who likes things perfect, don’t let anyone touch, hang, or cut your board without your supervision.

In the end, I was super happy we had the photobooth and it added another fun element to the reception. While crafting it at the last minute did present its own set of problems, I’m sure if you take the time to plan it out, you can really nail this project!

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Mrs. Barrettes

Location:
Tumon, Guam/Napa, CA
Wedding Date:
October 2010

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 6:31 pm

    Wow, looks nice! Your husband and FIL really went out on this. And the step by step directions are great.

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:31 pm

    That came out fantastic! Great DIY too!

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:41 pm

    That turned out great – thanks for the tips!

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    MissCatherine 278 posts, Helper bee @ 6:52 pm

    that looked awesome! great frames!

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    missbiscuit 1054 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:08 pm

    Looks great! I’ll be curious to see the pro shots!

    May I also suggest a note 5) Cut the styrofoam at an angle on the back so that you don’t see the edges when guest take personal shots from the sides. I’m sure the pro shots that were head-on won’t show the styrofoam, but me being a perfectionist it is something I noticed in your shots above since they were taken more at an angle.

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    feministbride 283 posts, Helper bee @ 7:11 pm

    Love it!

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    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 7:11 pm

    @missbiscuit: Yes, great suggestion! I second that with a layer of something clear sprayed on the cuts to keep the foam from coming off everywhere.

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:20 pm

    Yay, fun photos! And such great tips for other brides hoping to replicate this!

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    crebre80 10729 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 7:24 pm

    um yeah. Now I want this too!!! AND my mom actually has empty picture frames laying around… but alas no fun wedding photos of family :(

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    SandyToes 400 posts, Helper bee @ 7:40 pm

    you guys did a great job! thanks for the tips!!!

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    KittyB 5 posts, Newbee @ 8:29 pm

    This is so creative. Thank you for sharing this!

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    knitting 1072 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:39 pm

    This is so cool!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:44 pm

    You guys did a great job on this, and good tips for anyone else who is interested in making their own!

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    hotwings 2200 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:52 pm

    Your guests look they they had a fun time in those photos. Great tips for future DIYers.

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    HisOctBride 26 posts, Newbee @ 8:55 pm

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! I saw something like this a year or so ago and I was just talking about it with my mother in law and couldnt find a pic to show her! but now not only do i have a pic I have a better way of doing it! THANK YOU!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 1:05 am

    awesome idea for making this work, and great tips!

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:02 pm

    Brilliant! I’ve never seen this done IRL. So fun!

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    SandraMarie_1986 1363 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:32 pm

    I think it turned out amazing. Especially for it being so last minute. I just love it.

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    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:53 pm

    I love these photos, it makes me think we can make one too! Thanks for all the great tips as well!

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    Kemi82JP 749 posts, Busy bee @ 3:37 pm

    @HisOctBride: i dunno, i’m not so sure this a better way. the idea of making it lighter seems good when you consider trying to build and transport something heavier made of wood, BUT when it’s a prop item that will be in the midst of a lot of activity like this, you actually want something sturdier. also, you can see every single rough cut edge of styrofoam inside the frames! not good. and, to whoever suggested it, cutting it at an angle would not have helped and probably wouldn’t even work given how difficult styrofoam is to work with when only using a box cutter. what they should have done is trace the inside of the frame shapes on the styrofoam, and then cut about 1/2in. outside of those lines BEFORE gluing the frames on. this would place the edge of the hole behind the frame instead of next to it, while still leaving space to glue the frame on. in fact that should have been done before gluing the fabric on too, and then cutting off the fabric that covers the holes. then both the fabric and styrofoam edge would be covered by the frame, leaving a clean look.

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    jgoulart 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:51 pm

    “don’t let anyone touch, hang, or cut your board without your supervision” THAT WOULD BE ME!!!!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 10:31 pm

    You make it look so simple! Great job, Mrs. B!

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    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 10:42 pm

    @jgoulart: Lol, I knew it would apply to someone!!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:08 pm

    Great tips!

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    pooks75 367 posts, Helper bee @ 5:00 pm

    how much did it cost you to make?

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    meowmix318 966 posts, Busy bee @ 9:10 pm

    Very cute idea~!

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    The Average Bride 196 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:00 am

    OMG! Thanks for your post. I always thought you had to use wood to do it. Yay! I think I can tackle this on my own.

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