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Make a photo booth

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The best thing about this photo booth is that you can easily erase and change your text to reuse the frame for different events.

Photo booth - whiteboard photo frame
A whiteboard one side...
a blackboard on the other side

Perfect for baby showers, hen’s parties, kid’s birthdays and much more!

You will need

Photo booth prop colours

Resene testpots in your choice of colours – Sarah chose Resene Irresistible, Resene Spray, Resene Bright Spark, Resene Solid Gold and Resene Blackboard Paint.

— Project instructions

Step 1 - start with mdf sheet measuring 1200 x 1200mm
Step 1 - measure, cut and sand
Step 1 - measure, cut and sand

Step 1:
Measure out the size of your photo booth based on the shape of a Polaroid photo. The bottom edge of the frame will need to be wider to allow for writing. Cut and sand your frame.

Step 2 - Apply primer
Step 3 - Use Resene Blackboard Paint
Step 3 - Apply two coats of Resene Blackboard Paint to one side

Step 2
Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat using a testpot roller to both sides of the frame. Make sure each side is completely dry before flipping it over to paint the other!

Step 3
Apply two coats of Resene Blackboard Paint to one side of the frame using a testpot roller.

Step 4 - Apply Resene Black White
Step 5 - Apply Resene Write on Wall Paint
Step 6 - Write on frame with whiteboard. marker

Step 4
Once your first side is complete, flip the frame over and apply two coats of Resene Lumbersider in Resene Black White using a testpot roller.

Step 5
Once the Resene Black White paint has dried completely, mix up your Resene Write-on Wall Paint according to the instructions. Using a clean testpot roller sleeve, apply two coats of the Resene Write-on Wall Paint. Wait for this to cure as per the instructions.

Step 6
Once your board is ready to use, simply add your hashtag, event description, guest names or whatever you like in the lower part of the frame! Erase and change your text to reuse the frame for different events.

Step 6 - Write on frame with chalk
Step 7 - Paint props
Step 7 - Painted photo props

Step 7 (optional)
If you also love a good photo booth prop, why not make some of your own like Sarah did?

Photo booth - chalkboard photo frame

You could paint over existing props you can purchase from a dollar store or cut and make your own. Sarah painted them in a selection of bright Resene testpot colours and Resene Blackboard Paint. Have fun and be creative!

Top tip:

To get the most use out of your Resene Write-on Wall Paint, plan a few projects using it that you can paint at the same time, such as this photo frame and noticeboard areas. That way you’ll get multiple writable wall features out of one pack.

Project and photography by Sarah Herring. 2019

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