Painted Photo Booth Props

Time: 40 minutes
Materials: wooden photo booth props, acrylic paint, brush

Painted Photo Booth PropsIf there’s one thing I love, it’s a good photo booth. For those of you who I met at Craftcation, you’ve experienced this joy firsthand. When thinking about the upcoming event Hello Lidy and I are hosting at West Elm (get your tickets here!), I knew we’d have to have props to choose from. Because really, what is a photo booth without acting like a fool?

Painted Photo Booth PropsI found these wooden props at Michael’s. If you don’t happen to live near one, try these printable photo booth props instead!

Painted Photo Booth PropsChoose your colors and start painting. Let your base coat dry before applying a second coat or before moving on to patterns.

Painted Photo Booth PropsIf you don’t have the steadiest of hands, or if you haven’t practiced painting in a while, I would stress not to be overly ambitious with your pattern design. During this project I thought I would test out a series of new patterns and ended up with one big mess (see above– yes I thought I’d fix my mistake by spray painting the whole thing black).

Good news though! If you do mess up, just use a little sandpaper to strip some of the paint and smooth out the texture. You may have to apply a few extra coats of the new color, but it’ll work. Trust me on this one. To keep it simple, you can make polka dots with the end of your paint brush.

Painted Photo Booth Props Aren’t these fun?! Can’t wait to put these to the test in LA; hope to see you there!

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Painted Photo Booth Props

 

 

DIY Ombre Milk Bottles

Time: 10 minutes
Materials: glass bottles, spray paint

DIY Ombre Milk Bottles-- materials available as a kit!

It’s no secret that I have a mild obsession with spray painting glass (see here and here). These ombre milk bottles would make great table vases for your next party or gathering this summer and only take a few minutes to make. Perfect for last minute decor!

DIY Ombre Milk Bottles-- materials available as a kit!All you need to do is place your bottle upside down and spray paint the very bottom. The paint will trickle up the sides giving you an ombre effect. You can see my 10 minute vase if you need further instructions!

DIY Ombre Milk Bottles-- materials available as a kit!

DIY Ombre Milk Bottles-- materials available as a kit! 

 

Mini Glitter Clothespins

Time: 15 minutes
Materials: mini clothespins, mod podge, sponge brush, glitter

DIY Mini Glitter ClothespinsIt’s no secret that I love glitter. In fact, I’ve even glittered clothespins before, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me when I stumbled across these mini clothespins at Michaels. So while these little guys won’t hold much, they will add a nice touch to your next party favor bag. And if you’re not throwing a party anytime soon, they’ll still look great amidst all the other stuff that’s piling up on your desk.

DIY Mini Glitter Clothespins

DIY Mini Glitter Clothespins In a small dish, mix equal parts mod podge and glitter. If you want your clips to be extra sparkly, just mix in more glitter as you go.

DIY Mini Glitter Clothespins

Clip the clothespins onto a thin piece of cardboard. Brush on your glitter mixture, avoiding the sides of the pins. Let dry, then flip over and repeat on the other side. DIY Mini Glitter Clothespins

DIY Mini Glitter Clothespins

DIY Mini Glitter Clothespins

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DIY Baker’s Twine Party Favors

Time: 15 minutes (about 1 minute per favor + paint time)
Materialsplastic floss bobbinsspray paintbaker’s twinescissors

DIY Baker's Twine Party Favors | The Crafted Life

Fact: an awesome goodie bag can make any party 10 times better. For your next get-together try including a handmade favor to really wow your guests. These baker’s twine party favors take less than 20 minutes to make and cost about $.50 a piece, making them perfect for the hostess on a time and budget crunch!  And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love receiving free craft supplies?

DIY Baker's Twine Party Favors | The Crafted Life

Before starting, I recommend painting your bobbins to match your party theme. They’re originally white, so you can paint them any color you want without having to prime the surface or do multiple coats. If you’d like the paint to be extra durable, seal with a layer of Mod Podge.

DIY Baker's Twine Party Favors | The Crafted Life
All you do it wrap your baker’s twine on the bobbin as you would embroidery floss. Secure in the slit, snip the excess twine, then get back to planning the rest of your party!
DIY Baker's Twine Party Favors | The Crafted Life

DIY Baker's Twine Party Favors | The Crafted Life

DIY Baker's Twine Party Favors | The Crafted Life

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