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Oh Baby! How to create your own baby shower photo booth backdrop.

Back in May I had the honor of hosting a baby shower for two of our closest friends who were, at the time, expecting a baby girl. This gave me an opportunity to build a photo booth backdrop tailored to their neutral "We can Bearly Wait!" themed shower. Photobooth signage is literally all over TikTok and has become massively popular, but how and when did this craze begin? According to our friends at google, the earliest photo booth patent was created in 1888 by William Pope and Edward Poole (check out this article for more history), but its popularity didn't start exploding until around 2015. In our modern world, they're everywhere and relatively cheap to make! This DIY project may take a couple of days and one hell of a learning curve, but the end result is fantastic!


We're going to take you on a step by step guide on how to build this backdrop, show you our failures, and most importantly we'll give you a price guide!


Step 1 - Lowes (what we lovingly refer to as our second home)


We started out by visiting the place that we donate most of our money to: our local Lowes. Our main goal was to pick up a piece of plywood (big mistake - more on this later), a can of paint, and some rollers.


Paint: 1 Gallon of Sashay Sand Pink. Valspar 2000 Interior Paint +Primer with a Satin finish. Add some painting rollers and this came to around $60.



Our total for this trip ended up being around $102.25.


Step 2: Cut, sand and paint!


Once we arrived home with our supplies, we went to work on getting our piece of plywood cut down to a reasonable height. Plywood is normally around 8ft, which is a little too tall for this project. We broke out the table saw and took about a foot off of the top, leaving our sign to be 4ftx7ft. You can cut your piece of plywood (or whatever material your working with) down to a size you're comfortable with - 7ft just happened to be the happy medium that we landed on. After the cut, I went to work on sanding down the plywood and this is where our mistakes began. I can't really remember what grade of sand paper we used but it was definitely not coarse enough. You'll want to sand your plywood down so it's smooth to the touch with very little bumps. Spoiler alert: it's nearly impossible to do this with plywood. Plywood in general is super bumpy and grainy - so I recommend using something like a pre-sanded piece of plywood, bamboo planks or even insulation boards (lighter and easy to carry around).


After what felt like two years of sanding, we moved on to the actual painting portion of the project. Again, we ran into yet another issue with our plywood. Plywood literally eats paint for breakfast. No joke - I had to put six (yes, SIX) coats of paint on for our piece of wood to even resemble something smooth, and even then I still had bumps and dips on our sign that were painfully obvious. This process took about 3-4 days due to the amount of paint we had to dump onto it. Make sure to let your paint dry completely before adding a second coat and try to avoid dripping as much as humanly possible.


Step 3: The Base


It's crucial to design a base for your sign if it's not going to be leaning up against a wall. You can create these in about a million different ways. My husband, Mike, used left over pieces of wood that we had laying around our shed. He cut them into three stackable pieces, nailed them together and cut a slit in the middle that was wide enough to fit our piece of plywood in it. It worked perfectly! We actually left the sign outside for a couple of hours on a windy day to test the stability of the base, and it survived!!


Step 4: Design Phase


This part of the project is what I loved the most. Designing is just my bread and butter so I had a ton of fun with it. I had purchased this white "Oh Baby" sign from amazon a while ago and it fit perfectly against the pink background. We used "sticky dots" to attach the sign to our painted piece of plywood. I honestly swear by clear adhesive dots - they are incredibly useful for DIY projects and super useful for events, you can literally hang anything with them. It's crucial to have your signage be interchangeable as well, that way you can use the same painted piece of plywood for multiple events. Sticky dots allowed us to secure the wooden signage without making it permanent, we highly recommend using them!


Adhesive: Clear Sticky Tack Adhesive from Amazon pack of 350 $13.99 (*note: you can also find these at hobby lobby for a lot cheaper)



After attaching our 'Oh Baby' wooden sign to the painted piece of plywood, we then added a balloon garland and some florals.



I also grabbed some floral pieces on sale at Hobby Lobby just to fill out the arch. Below is our final product!

I was pretty happy with how this turned out. For our first large signage piece it wasn't too shabby. When you add everything up, our total ended at $173.73, which was a lot cheaper than what I had anticipated. If I could do it all over again I would 100% use insulation foam board, just to save us some time and also to make it more portable. Since the 'Oh Baby' sign is interchangeable, we rent this piece of signage out for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, girls trips, etc. This was a fun little DIY project that I foresee us keeping for quite some time.


If you happen to try building this signage for yourself, please send us some pictures! You can email them to me at jray@effortlesseventplanningtn.com. Happy signage building my Queens!


Check out our TikTok for a visual walkthrough! Click Here!!



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