Talkin’ about DIY photo backdrops today. Just a side note, there are about a million easier ways to to make photo backdrops out there. (Funky fabric and thumb tacks is my go to!) If you are looking for easy, this is not the photo backdrop for you, ha! But, it is fun and… double sided! Woot woot! A little back story… I was asked by Piqora to host a panel at SXSW (huge interactive, film, and music conference in Austin, TX) this year. Fun, right?! Me and 2 of my blog faves, Stacy and Kristen, had the opportunity to share our experience as bloggers working with brands. They also asked me to make photo backdrops! And host a crafty hour on St. Patrick’s Day! It was a crazy busy week in Casa de Dorobek.
I think this giant word search would be an awesome photo backdrop for a wedding or corporate event. You could add everyones names or things that mean something to the bride and groom. The ideas are endless! I ended up with a 12×12 word search for a total of 144 letters.
Just for fun, here is the back side of the word search… clouds! The clouds were way easier to craft up than the word search. Andy and Maxwell came to listen to our panel and then I attempted to snap a few pictures with my baby, this one turned out best!
So, how to make 2 DIY photo back drops? Here’s what you need to build the double sided photo backdrop:
Our photo booth back drop stands about 6 feet 4 inches tall and 5 feet wide. It’s a great width, but I wish we would have made it 7 feet tall, but this would have meant buying another sheet of ply wood. Decisions, decisions. To make a DIY photo booth you will need to cut your ply wood down into these 4 pieces:
Here’s is my beautiful work space, AKA the garage. It was a rainy and gross for the few days we were building! This picture is obviously after I already painted the chalkboard paint over the ply wood, but you can see where the 2 pieces are and if you look closely you can see a few of the 8 screws. We did 4 for the bottom piece and 4 for the top piece. This is why the holes on the shelf are so important since this is how you attach the back drop.
You can also see in this picture how the back drop is double sided and open for storage in the middle.
“THE MAXWELL” letters at the top were just for size and space visuals. Those letters are 5 inches long and 10 across. I ended up going with letters that were 3.67 inches tall and 12 across. So a few things to note about planning out the word search:
Now, for the other side of the photo back drop! After the word search, this side is cake! Just paint the whole thing blue and then doodle on 4 clouds!
And one more picture of the completed interactive word search photo backdrop:
So, who is going to make a giant word search photo back drop first! I’d love to see it! And just for fun, if you read the post about Maxwell’s new sandbox, you will notice a chalkboard wall popped up on the fence. Guess where that came from?!
Note: This post is sponsored by Discount Tire, as always, all opinions are my own.
In honor of Earth Day (April 22) I’m sharing a DIY sandbox made with a recycled tire and a door knob. This project is also a check off of the ol’ to do list. (Maxwell needed a sandbox.) This was also one of those if you give a mouse a cookie projects that inspired us to get our backyard well, usable. And more kid friendly. (We did this project at the same time we did the vertical planter and rocks!)
Here’s what you need to make a sandbox:
First, determine how big of a circle you need for the base of your sandbox by measuring the tire’s diameter. Then, draw the right size circle onto your wood and cut it out with the saw. The DIY compass is super simple. Just measure a piece of string 2 inches longer than you actually need it and tie one end to the thumbtack and one end to the pencil. Voila.
After you circle is cut, you will need to sand the edges down to make it smooth. Oh and make sure your circle fits on the bottom nicely!
Next, drill in screws every inch or two. Andy drilled in screws about every inch. (I don’t think that’s necessary!)
After the bottom is cut out, you will need to do the same thing for the top of the sandbox. You can skip this step if your sandbox is under cover. But, we have a lot of stray cats that hang out in our backyard so we are attempting to avoid our sandbox turning into a litter box. Andy used the Dremel to cut the 2 long prongs off of the door knob so that he could attach it to the top of the sandbox.
After you sand and paint the top of your sandbox with chalkboard paint, just screw in the door knob! Check out this post if you need deets about painting and conditioning chalkboard paint.
And here’s what Max thinks about the sandbox. Just a little sand between the fingers and the toes. He’s obsessed. (At least for now, ha!)
If you’re looking for more ways to up-cycle a tire, here are 22 more awesome ideas!