How to Make a Giant Photo Booth Style Picture

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I LOVE photo booth pictures!
This GIANT one adds a modern touch to our living room.
I saw this photo over on Pinterest and knew I could make it using the same technique I did with my Giant Canvas. 
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{Sorry I don’t have a direct link…all the links on Pinterest lead to spam….
but this is a photo from the movie “The Joneses”}
First I took some cute snapshots of my boy, picked my 4 favorite and added a black border. I tried to crop each one to the same size.
I made sure all my photos were in landscaping so they would be 24x18.
I went online to Staples, uploaded my photos and ordered  the 18x24 engineering print for $1.97 each!
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I used some leftover insulation foam board and spray adhesive.
You could also use poster board, wood or cardboard.
I did find that with this foam board it does expand and contract in extreme cold or heat.
The shop I was working in was very cool and when I took it outside in the heat to spray, my prints got all warped! It did slightly fix itself when it cools off again so don't panic if you see that happen or make sure you are working in one temperature to prevent that from happening if you use insulation board.
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I laid out my prints to figure out placement.
I liked it best without trimming the white part of the print.
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I sprayed one area at a time with spray adhesive. I  started with my print rolled and pressed edge of print to edge of board then roll out and smooth with a credit card.
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Continue to smooth out any bubbles with the credit card and
prepare to trim the board by laying it out on a flat surface.
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Use a fresh sharp utility knife and make sure
it’s as long as the board is thick. 
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Then use a straight edge to make a nice clean cut
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Then I used a sanding block to smooth the edges.
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Brush off any sanding dust.
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This step you can skip if you are a pro at editing photos.
I didn’t get my photos cropped to the same size so I needed to fix my margins and make my border wider.
I used a straight edge and a sharpie
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and filled in with a black marker.
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Perfect!
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Next, paint the edges of the board.
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This picture is 6ft tall.
If I didn’t rotate my photos to landscape, my prints
would have been 8ft tall.
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Next I sealed my prints with some Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer.
{this is where I noticed the warping in the heat}
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Oh isn’t it just lovely?!?!photo 2(4)
This project was $8 and took about an hour!


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43 comments:

Shantalle@lifestylesofthestayathomemom.com said...

Very cute! I need to do this in our new home.

Mindie Hilton said...

Looks great. LOL when I saw that pic from Pinterest I took a second look, I thought how did I not know you were married to David Duchovny.

Linda said...

Super cute! Wow. Nice. Best wishes to you and your little boy. Linda

Haydee said...

Love this project...easy, cheap and fabulous BAM-POW! I'll be coming back to visit your blog often!

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

I LOVE this!!!!

Etcetorize said...

Such an awesome idea! And you make it look so easy to do. Putting this on my 'to do' list~

Creative Raisins said...

Oh that is very cool, I will have to try this

Dollie @ Dollie Creates said...

I love this! It looks like an inexpensive great way to decorate with fun pictures :) Pinned it to my to make board :)

Holly Lefevre said...

This is darn cute...but you also had a darn cute model!

Lolly Jane said...

SO darling!! xo

Tracie said...

Such a great idea! I love how it turned out! Shared on my FB page at www.facebook.com/lifeinstages

Jenny@NorthwestLovelies said...

I LOVE this idea!! I think this might be showing up in my house SOON! Thank you so much for inspiring me! :)

Wani said...

This is so great! I might have to do this w/ my kids' pictures for our game room! Thanks!

Tammy said...

Oh my gosh, this is too cute! Your son is absolutely adorable! You did such a nice job on this. Thank you for the tutorial.

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

What a super idea! I also LOVE your blog name and design.

Smallgood said...

Too stinking cute! Precious. I love photo booth strips. They just make me chuckle. You had an adorable subject.

Megan said...

Awesome! I have seen photos of this kind of thing on Pinterest but didn't know how to do my own. Thanks for sharing!

Christine said...

This FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like really!!!!

Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

Tresa said...

I am so in love with this!!! Oh my goodness, you are so clever! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

Tresa

Beth @ Free Stylin' said...

Thanks so much for the great idea and easy tutorial! Love this!!

Night Owl Mama said...

I love it and just the thing I'm looking for with my HUGE walls. These will be Great
I'll be sure to give u a link back on my post when I complete mine.

Blooms And Bugs said...

Such a great idea. Found you via 24x7 Moms. Pinning this to make some day.

daperfectmix said...

Oh, I have to try this! Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

ashleyloseth said...

This is really cool, I love photo booth pics (particularly the old film kind!)
I actually think it would have looked better with the borders as they were before, but that's just me ^-^

Celia said...

I just found you via Pinterest. Love your stuff! Thanks for sharing all your great crafts. xo

Unknown said...

I love this! Thanks for sharing!

Jamie said...

I can't figure out how to load pictures on Staples.com? Can you even do it?

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Love this idea! And it sounds easy and thrifty!

Mandie McIlroy said...

It says on the pin that you can upload your photo on staples.com. How do you do that?

Buttefly Kisses Boutique said...

So i went to staples with what i thought was a higher quality digital image and it came out really dark. Did you take your photos in bright light? Also i put the photo to b&w before i took it in, should i leave it in color?

Buttefly Kisses Boutique said...

So i went to staples with what i thought was a higher quality digital image and it came out really dark. Did you take your photos in bright light? Also i put the photo to b&w before i took it in, should i leave it in color?

Terri Procknow said...

I tried printing this at Office Max... and they said No to an engineering print:( Seems a lot of people have been asking to do this, and they caught on... and now charge $5.99 a square foot to print ... I said No Thanks... Too Bad, it was a cute idea...

Wendi Brown said...

I tried to do this on staples.com and they called me and said the prints would come out to dark. He also asked did you get this idea from pintrest...busted. Is there another way I could do this project?

karen said...

I LOVE this! How imaginative and creative you are. Thank you sooo much for sharing! Karen

robymanon said...

what type of hanging fixture did you use to hang it up on the wall ?
Manon

Lyann said...

Such a neat idea! I am doing this for father's day.

Jassica Mody said...

Absolutely gorgeous. You really know how to put a beautiful Decorating ideas, thank you :)

Sue Bourque said...

Great Idea, but Staples will no longer do a photo in this engineered type print. So I had them price out from my thumb drive. You can get an 8 1/2 by 11 color copy for 49 cents. When she priced out 12 by 12 for me (to get the square) , it jumped to 12.00. Same price for the color or black and white if you want them square. I still like the idea, and while it does cost more for the prints, I think that it is still a good price. Thanks.

Sue Bourque said...

Great Idea, but Staples will no longer do a photo in this engineered type print. So I had them price out from my thumb drive. You can get an 8 1/2 by 11 color copy for 49 cents. When she priced out 12 by 12 for me (to get the square) , it jumped to 12.00. Same price for the color or black and white if you want them square. I still like the idea, and while it does cost more for the prints, I think that it is still a good price. Thanks.

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