Photo Booth Props
So we have been in Michigan for a few weeks now for Dave's little brother Zach and his future wife Kara's wedding!! 11 days until the wedding! Since all we have been doing the past few weeks is lay around the pool and spend some much needed quality time with friends and family, we have plenty of time to help with some of the smaller details of the wedding. I volunteered to help create the props for the photo booth! I had been wanting to try my hand at a few new tools in Adobe Illustrator so this was the perfect excuse.
Kara and I perused Pinterest and came across this tutorial at celebrations.com. After some searching, these ended up being the easy favorites. The best part? They provided original PDFs of the outlines for coloring. In this tutorial they printed the outlines and colored by hand. Since we are in Michigan and I am therefore without my fancy pens I opted to create mine in Adobe Illustrator using the Live Trace, Live Paint, Paintbrush, and Pencil tools to get the shading effects I wanted. It was a lot of fun and much easier than I expected. How did I make it 5 years without ever using the Pencil tool?? Thank you online Adobe tutorials.
In order to get a quality print I decided to send mine to the photo center at the local Mejier (super store). They do 8x10 prints there so I just had to make sure the borders were set correctly so nothing was accidentally cropped. If you do this make sure to choose matte print NOT glossy. Glossy will photograph weird and be super shiny. Once printed cut them out! We used cheap wood skewers (also from Mejier) as the dowels. I used a pair of scissors to score the pointy ends so I could pop them off and make them flat on both sides (see photo above). Add in a little hot glue and presto! Perfect photo booth props. Pretty fun project.
The most time intensive parts of this project was rendering them in Adobe Illustrator and cutting them out. If I were at home I would have used my super heavy duty kitchen scissors or garden clippers to snip the ends off the skewers. Also beware hot glue strings...they easily get all over everything and are hard to remove from the photo paper without accidentally scratching the surface and ruining your product. Good luck!
PS: feel free to use my designs here!