Monday, 11 August 2014

Ministry of Craft Tutorial - Colour pop photo booth props!

Wedding season is upon us and every modern wedding needs a photo booth. And what better than to have fun and frivolous photo booth props to go in it - especially when they're handmade in colours that pop!

Choose your weapon from over sized moustaches, 50s style specs and hot lips, using simple decoupage techniques and add felt for extra fun and texture if you wish!

(Nearly all available from Fred Aldous!)

Decopatch paper - with three patterns
A4 (or larger) Cardboard
Decopatch glue
Decopatch brush
Washi tape 
Craft knife or scissors
Double sided tape or glue gun
Chop stick (from all good Chinese supermarkets)

Draw out your prop design (for this tutorial we have chosen an oversized gentleman's moustache). You can do this free hand if you're confident enough to, directly onto the card - see the picture below - or you can use tracing paper.

For the tracing paper method, fold your paper in half, draw just half of your prop and then trace it through onto the other side. 


In an old school style, rub your pencil hard over the moustache design on the reverse of the tracing paper. Then place your paper with the pencil rubbed side face down on the card and trace over your design again to leave a pencil imprint onto your cardboard.

Cut out your prop using scissors or a craft knife for a more precise finish. 

If you're cutting away the middle sections of a pair of glasses, a craft knife is easiest.

Cut away a 5-10 cm strip of decopatch paper from your sheet.

Cut the section into thin strips approximately 0.5 to 1 centimeter wide and then cut into smaller sections.

Using your Decopatch glue, coat a small section of your prop. Lay your paper pieces over each other. You can do this neatly or adhoc - it's up to you!

Turn over your moustache and coat the back with glue, in the same spot as the front. Fold over the edges of the paper from the front, sticking them down to the card and then put a final coat of glue over the top on both sides and leave to dry.

This brand of glue is great not only for sticking, but will also add a glossy top coat to add shine to your prop or project.

To make your prop handle take your chop stick and a roll of colourful washi tape - the more colourful the better - and roll it securely around the end of the chop stick.

Move the tape onto a diagonal angle and continue rolling the tape along the chopstick, finishing with tight wrapping of tape around the end.

Using the scissors or craft knife trim away and detailed areas to create a clean shape.

Using double sided tape (or a glue gun) stick your moustache to the heavier end of the chopstick.  




1 comment:

  1. who needs a wedding for a moustache prop- I'm going to make some and confuse the customers at work!!