Every November panic starts to set in as I search for that Christmas-card-perfect outfit for each member of my family. Then I have to find the perfect place to take our pictures. And then, room on the calendar to take said pictures. I love it, and it totally stresses me out too.
This year, thanks to a challenge from OshKosh B’Gosh, I think we are going to do things a bit different. As part of the B’Gosh Believes program, I was first asked to find the perfect Christmas card outfit and then asked to create a DIY photobooth. I admit, at first I was at a loss. But that’s the fun of a challenge.
After wrapping my head around the idea of making a photobooth, I came up with an idea that turned out so great that there is a 95% chance friends and family will be seeing this idea on a Christmas card this year. (Spoiler alert friends and family!)
Oh and unlike some complicated Pinterest ideas, this photobooth is so easy you can literally put it together in minutes. Seriously.
**Several months ago when designing my daughter’s Strawberry Shortcake Party, I discovered foam insulation panels. They are lightweight, cheap and make the perfect backdrop for parties — and photobooths. You can pick one up at Home Depot for $14.25. Since purchasing mine last March, this is its third incarnation — best $14.25 ever.
Don’t be afraid of the saw. The foam panel is 8 feet x 4 feet, unfortunately, most fabrics are not that wide. So I cut my foam board down to 3 1/2 feet wide. (Note, a saw cuts right through the foam, and I did this very sloppily. You can’t tell.) Easy, I promise.
After you cut your board down to fit your fabric width (assuming you need to based on the fabric you buy), cover the shinny side of the board with fabric. Use the straight pins to secure the fabric to the board – place them into the panel at an angle so they aren’t sticking out the other side. (Note, I still have a white table cloth taped to my board from its last used because I am lazy, but you don’t need it.)
The light is best outside, so I propped ours up on the garage door. Using a tripod and self timer, I took these pictures.
Unfortunately, dad was out of town for the fun, so we will have to recreate the cuteness all over again. Oh well.
Yes, those are matching outfits from the OshKosh B’Gosh Holiday line. The girls are also wearing ruby-red sparkly shoes from Oshkosh – so cute.
While my inspiration was Christmas, you could duplicate this for any party or holiday.
After you make your fabulous photobooth you are gonna need some cute props, right?
Good news, I have free printable templates for you!
Once you download the templates, print them out, trace them onto a thick paper, cut them out and attach them to a bamboo stick. (Tip – attach the pointed end to the prop so that you hold the flat end.)
For the Chalkboard Bubble, you need chalkboard laminate. It is self adhesive, so adhere the chalkboard laminate to a piece of cardboard, then cut out your shape.3