- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2011
- Foam board (foam in the middle, poster board on either side)
- Yard/Meter stick
- Exacto knife
- A piece of cardboard (I prefer two layers thick so you can’t cut through)
- Word processing software and printer to make the words
- On the “ugly” side of the board (with the labels and such on it), mark out the following lines using the yard stick:
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Then, using the yard stick as a straight edge to draw your blade along, cut out the middle “window” where your faces will go. Also use the ruler to provide a straight edge for cutting along on any exterior sides that were not lined up with the edges of the board.
For two of the props I stopped at this point. For a final one, I wanted it to look like someone had written the date on the photograph.
Pick a font that you like to represent handwriting. This is a fairly personal choice. There are some good base fonts that look like script included with Microsoft Word. For the life of me I cannot remember which one I used on my prop. But I’m inclined to think I got it here because that’s where I get most of my custom fonts. Using your chosen font, write out your chosen text in Word. Adjust the size and boldness accordingly to suit your fancy.
After you get it to print in a way that you like the look of it and the proportion to your Polaroid prop, carefully cut out the letters. Note: You may have to set the paper orientation to landscape or change the paper to legal to get it the size you want. You want it big enough to be very visible in the photographs that are taken with it.
Flip the prop over to the non-ugly side and carefully trace around the letters as a template in pencil. Don’t push hard because it will score the poster board.
Remove your homemade stencil and fill in the letters with Sharpie. Light pencil marks should not show up in photos but you can carefully erase them once the Sharpie is completely dry.
Was that not the easiest photo booth prop ever (given how cute it is)?