Over the years, crafting has become a way for me to express my appreciation for others or to bring joy to family and friends. Like a love language. So when a good gal pal of mine asked me to help with her school’s upcoming gala, I was all in! Sign me up!
At her event, there will be a photo booth, and while it’s easy to go to a party store and pick up a premade set of photo booth props, it’s just as easy to make your own. The best part is that I created a set that matched their event color palette and theme! You can’t put a price on custom, one-of-a-kind creations!
For this project, I used the following cardstock:
Curious Metallic in Abyss
Curious Metallic in Rose Gold
Curious Metallic in Magma
Basis in Black
CCS in Gold Glitter
Core’dinations Cardstock Botanical Collection
Dark Blue Cardstock
Embossed Aqua Cardstock
The Curious Metallic cardstock has a beautiful shimmery surface that really elevated the appearance of the props, which was perfect for the sophisticated evening event.
I cut out a variety of shapes using my Silhouette CAMEO die-cutting machine as well as creating my own designs that were specific to the school’s mascot (trailblazers) and gala theme (spring fling with an equestrian flair).
Once all the pieces were cut, I used foam adhesive and my favorite crafting glue to assemble each design. I love using foam adhesive because it’s a great way to add dimension to any project. On a few props, I added rhinestones for a little sparkle and visual interest. It’s a gala after all!
The last step is taking these diecuts and making them into handheld props. On top of a thin line of glue, I placed a bamboo skewer and held it for 10 seconds to secure it.
Then, I covered the bamboo skewer with a decorative strip of washi tape, which was pretty to look at but also provided extra security. For any diecut that didn’t have a large backing space, I trimmed off the pointed edge of the bamboo skewer with a pair of heavy duty scissors and added washi tape.
And it’s as simple and quick as that! The hardest part might be choosing the diecut designs, but that’s also a fun process because there are a lot of great cut files out there.
If you have a party coming up, do yourself a favor and save this post to your Pinterest board (I know you already have one started!) so that you can whip up some unique photo booth props!