Thinking of having a party this year to celebrate (and watch!) all of the awards shows? Well, there’s absolutely no excuse not to, because I am about to show you how you can make a completely awesome DIY award show photo booth by using things that you probably have around the house. Think I’m kidding? Just wait and see!
I’m slightly obsessed with photo booths, mostly because they are extremely fun and family friendly — my favorite combination. This particular idea is great for any age range!
Ready to get started and to accept your award for being such a crafty DIY-er?
- Butcher block paper (on a roll) or bulletin board paper (you can buy this in the teacher’s supply section of any craft store)
- Red poster paint
- Paint brushes and/or rollers
- Hot glue gun and hot glue
- Cereal box cardboard
- Wooden dowels, or medium-gauge wire (I’ll show you how to make these with a coat hanger)
- Wire cutters
- School glue (like Elmer’s)
- Marker (I used a Sharpie)
- Sunglasses (as additional props)
To make the photo booth backdrop:
If you use butcher block paper you will need to roll out two long lengths of about 3-4 feet long.
Carefully edge the pieces next to one another and tape together. If you use bulletin board paper, you can skip this step.
Using poster paint, you will create your Oscar-worthy curtains. You can paint your curtains on with a roller brush or a regular paint brush. I found that the regular paint brush was actually easier to use than the roller.
Allow your paint to dry. It will take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour to dry completely.
You are finished! Now, hang your Photo Booth backdrop (we taped ours to a closet door) and the next step is to make your props!
To make the props
To make your props you will begin by cutting up the cardboard from a cereal box.
If you don’t want to run to the craft store for wooden dowels, you can create holders for your props out of wire (from a coat hanger) covered in ribbon. Simply cut the bottom length of a wire coat hanger off in two snips with your wire cutter. Then cover the piece of wire (using hot glue on both ends) with ribbon, by twisting it around the wire from beginning to end.
Using a marker, draw the shape of your props (ideas: big diamond bling, cameras, an Oscar statuette, a tux bow tie, a tiara, etc) using simple lines.
Glue the paper onto the cereal box cardboard with school glue. then allow to dry completely. Once dry, cut out the shape of your prop.
Once you’ve finished cutting out your prop, use your hot glue to glue on your ribbon-covered wire or wooden dowel.
Use glitter to cover your Oscar Award and make a star covered in glitter as well to attach to your camera for a “flash”.
Glittered props look great in photo booths. To glitter your props, draw the shape of your prop directly on cardboard, then cover completely with a thin layer of school glue. Sprinkle with glitter and allow to dry.
Guess what? You are finished! Your props are complete, your Photo booth backdrop is complete and you are now ready to accept your Academy Award and pretend that you are shocked that you won!
Now, go and have a blast!