DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine Photo Backdrop

We haven’t done a photo backdrop in forever! I was pumped to put together a quick and easy little Valentine photo backdrop for some family photos. (Please note the absence…

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

We haven’t done a photo backdrop in forever! I was pumped to put together a quick and easy little Valentine photo backdrop for some family photos. (Please note the absence of good ol’ Hank in these “family photos” — he was particularly opinionated on this particular day and couldn’t be persuaded to come take pictures. Sigh.) Anyway! This is a perfect photo backdrop if you’re on a money and/or time budget. There are only two materials and it took me about 10 minutes to put together. Let’s do it!

Materials

  • 6″ x 6″ cardstock squares (we got a pack of assorted shades of pink at Michaels)
  • removable glue dots
  • scissors

Make Time: 10 Minutes

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

Step 1: Start with a blank wall. Decide where the upper right and lower left corners of your backdrop will be. Place a glue dot on the back of two squares of cardstock and stick them to these corners to outline your backdrop.

Step 2: Start filling in the wall. You can work in an ombre pattern like we did, or mix colors all together. We just placed the colors in a pixelated formation, leaving an empty space at random.

Step 3: Once you’ve filled it in, step back to assess and check for any spots that may need adjusting.

Then just snap away! This one is fun because it looks great both up close and a little farther away. It would be perfect for a Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day party  — you could snap photos of your guests or let them do their own thing with their smartphones. So cute! xoxo

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

How to Make a Gold Photo Backdrop

How to Make a Gold Photo Backdrop Worthy of an Oscar Party

I live for awards shows. I love watching and waiting to see who’s going to be the classiest, and who’s going to trip on their ill-thought-out gown, and how many speeches…

How to Make a Gold Photo Backdrop

How to Make a Gold Photo Backdrop

live for awards shows. I love watching and waiting to see who’s going to be the classiest, and who’s going to trip on their ill-thought-out gown, and how many speeches Kanye is going to interrupt. Love. Love love love. I haven’t had an Oscar party in so long, but this backdrop has me thinking I should invite my neighbors over and tell them to wear something sparkly so we can take red carpet photos. And the real beauty is that it only took me about 30 minutes and $20 to make a gold photo backdrop worthy of Oscars night!

Truly, this bad boy is beyond simple. Like, if you have kids you could put them to work making it while you get your nails done so you’ll be awards show-ready. I’m just saying. Get the full how-to right here, and get some gold up on your walls! xoxo

MAKE A GOLD PHOTO BACKDROP FOR YOUR WALLS

P.S. More DIY photo backdrops!

How to Make a Gold Photo Backdrop

How to Make a Gold Photo Backdrop

How to Make a Gold Photo Backdrop

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

I think I’ve been sending Christmas cards to family and friends since I was in college. It’s a tradition I just love and I look forward to it all year….

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

I think I’ve been sending Christmas cards to family and friends since I was in college. It’s a tradition I just love and I look forward to it all year. For the last couple of years we’ve put together our own photo cards, from start to finish, and I thought it would be awesome to show you how! This year we did it all — created a DIY backdrop, took our own photos, edited them, and ordered through Minted, which has been my very favorite way to get snail mail greetings printed for years now. (When they added the recipient and return address printing feature it changed my world!) Read on for a full how-to on getting your own holiday photos, and be sure to enter to win $250 worth of holiday cards from Minted down at the bottom of the post!

Materials

  • black posterboard
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • glue dots
  • black washi tape
  • smartphone level
  • camera with tripod
  • remote shutter

Make Time: 4 Hours (to complete backdrop, take photos, and order online)

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

Step 1: Cut your black posterboard into 2-inch strips. Start placing the strips in lines on the wall, about 7 feet tall (unless you have some really tall people in your photo!). Use glue dots to affix the strips to the wall, and the level on your smartphone to make sure they’re straight.

Step 2: Add horizontal stripes in the same way; make your stripes about 6 feet wide.

Step 3: Add thin stripes of washi tape over your wide stripes, on every other row to create a plaid pattern.

Step 4: Set up your camera. If you’re using manual settings be sure to test the light and set your camera on manual focus. Have someone stand in, set the focus on them, and be sure to stand in the same spot for your photos. We use a Canon and a Canon remote shutter; if you’re doing the same you can follow our steps to set up the remote. If not, do a little web search for how to set up your own!

Step 5: If you’re using a Canon, set your camera to 2-second timer mode. Set your remote to no delay. Stand in front of the camera and click the remote shutter to ensure it’s all set up right. That’s it!

Get your holiday duds on and snap away! If you’re taking your own photos like this, you just kind of have to go for it. Be silly, try different poses, and just try to act natural while someone holds the remote shutter and snaps away. You’re bound to have a whole bunch of crazy photos (like the one below where Henry started crawling away), but you’re also going to get lots of fun candid stuff.

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Now for the good stuff! The awesome team at Minted is giving away $250 credit toward your own holiday cards! The ordering process there is so fun and simple — just upload your photos, choose from their incredible selection of cards, customize it, and you’re all set. We chose the Cherry Merry holiday photo card and I love love love the simple, fun design. You have to try the printed address option, too (it’s saved my poor hands from addressing hundreds of envelopes over the years). Enter to win right here! Big thanks to Minted for helping our holidays be a bit brighter! xoxo

ENTER TO WIN $250 TO MINTED FOR YOUR HOLIDAY CARDS

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

This post is sponsored by Minted. All opinions and concepts are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking! 

DIY Ombre Ruffled Crepe Paper Photo Backdrop

It’s been waaaaaaay too long since our last photo backdrop! I’ve been wanting to pick them back up for a while now; I think they’re so fun to put together…

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It’s been waaaaaaay too long since our last photo backdrop! I’ve been wanting to pick them back up for a while now; I think they’re so fun to put together because you can use ’em for a million different things. They’re obviously great for photo backdrops (duh), but they’re also perfect for party decor, wall art, and more. I put this one together in about an hour with only supplies that I already had! Customize your own colors for any holiday or event you like (or just stick to pink and yellow like me because they’re the best colors of all…)!

Materials

  • tri-fold foam core or cardboard display board
  • masking tape
  • Crop-a-Dile
  • spray adhesive
  • various colors of crepe paper rolls
  • cotton twine

Make Time: 1.5 Hours

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Step 1: Punch holes in the top center of the outer two flaps of the display board. The Crop-a-Dile works great for this but you can also punch holes with a simple awl.

Step 2: Open the flaps and lay the board flat. Tape the back sides of the flaps with masking tape to hold them open. Thread the twine through the two holes and tie knots on either end so that you can hang the board.

Step 3: Organize your crepe paper into a pretty ombre rainbow!

Step 4: In a well-ventilated area, spray the entire board with a generous layer of spray adhesive.

Step 5: Begin applying the crepe paper. You’ll have to be pretty careful not to get your hands all sticky but once you get a rhythm going this part is a piece of cake. Stick the end of the crepe paper down on the board. Pull a bit of slack from the roll and stick the paper down again an inch or two away, letting it ruffle and puff up in between. Keep going just like this; you’ll get going pretty fast! I recommend starting in the upper corner and working your way around. Every so often, change to a new color to get an ombre effect. Trim the ends of the crepe when you’re done with a color.

Step 6: Continue until the board is covered with all of your colors! Hang it up and rock it out.

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So pretty! This would look awesome behind a dessert table at a shower or wedding, or just hanging on the wall for fun (I left it up in our office!). If you want to use it as an actual photo backdrop, just crop your photos in nice and tight so that you can’t see the edges of the board. It’s a perfect backdrop for pretty product or Instagram photos, too. Hope you give it a try! xoxo

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How to Make a Ruffled Crepe Paper Photo Backdrop

DIY Confetti Photobooth Backdrop

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Melanie of You Are My Fave. Here she is!

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Some of my favorite posts from Chelsea are her clever photobooth backdrops so I decided to give it a try with the all purpose party supply, confetti.

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Materials

  • tissue paper
  • 1/2 inch circle punch
  • white butcher paper or poster board
  • spray adhesive

Turn on an episode of Gilmore Girls and use the circle punch to create confetti from your tissue paper (the secret to cutting tissue paper is to punch several layers at once or it will get jammed and you’ll swear).

Once you’ve created a generous amount, lay out butcher paper or poster board and give it a good spray with the adhesive.

Quickly dump the confetti on top and gently pat down. Give the paper a good shake and collect the loose confetti.

Repeat the process until the paper is covered to your liking. Lay in the left over confetti and make a party angel.

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I might be finding pieces of confetti scattered throughout my house for weeks after this but I’d say it was worth it.

Thanks Mel! For more adorable DIYs and lots of party inspiration, head over to You Are My Fave.

DIY Carnival Ticket Photobooth Backdrop

If I can’t be at Old Navy’s carnival party in NYC this weekend, then you had better believe I’m going to bring the carnival to me! I haven’t done a…

DIY Carnival Ticket Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Carnival Ticket Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Carnival Ticket Photobooth Backdrop

If I can’t be at Old Navy’s carnival party in NYC this weekend, then you had better believe I’m going to bring the carnival to me! I haven’t done a photobooth backdrop in forever, and I thought this was the perfect occasion to fire up the series again. This one is so simple and so fun, and would be perfect for your own carnival-inspired bash.

Materials

  • roll of tickets (I found these for $2 at a garage sale, but party supply stores have them as well!)
  • poster putty, Glue Dots, or double-sided tape
  • blank wall

Make Time: 30 Minutes

Decide the height and width you’d like your backdrop. This one is 5′ x 4′. Tear off a row of tickets, and apply your poster putty to at least four spots along the back of the row. Hang and be sure that the first row is level!

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Continue this process until your backdrop is the size you’d like! It’s beyond easy and comes together really quickly. Set up a camera and snap away.

DIY Carnival Ticket Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Carnival Ticket Photobooth Backdrop

And don’t forget, if you’re in the NYC area, to stop by Old Navy’s carnival bash this Saturday! Food, fun, games, prizes, and all the traditional carnival fixin’s will be there. Check out the details and stop by! xoxo

Old Navy Carnival Party
Hosted by The Moms
610 Avenue of the Americas (at 18th Street), 2nd floor  //  May 10th, 2-4 pm
Shop the Baby Sale, with bunches of styles $10 and under!

DIY Carnival Ticket Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Carnival Ticket Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Carnival Ticket Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Carnival Ticket Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Carnival Ticket Photobooth Backdrop

DIY XO Valentine’s Day Photobooth Backdrop

It’s back! The photobooth series has been quiet for a while, but we’re alive and kicking now with a little Valentine’s Day photo backdrop that you can use for parties,…

DIY Valentine Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Valentine Photobooth Backdrop

It’s back! The photobooth series has been quiet for a while, but we’re alive and kicking now with a little Valentine’s Day photo backdrop that you can use for parties, photographing Valentines, or just decoration. It’s quick and easy, and you can use a variety of materials that you might already have laying around! And since I sign off everything from blog posts to emails with a little “xoxo” I thought it would be pretty appropriate to make them life-sized on a wall. Let’s party.

Materials

  • paper for x’s and o’s (I used wrapping paper and crepe paper rolls, but you can use just about anything!)
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pen
  • double sided tape or glue dots
  • blank wall

Make Time: 1 Hour

Start by cutting out your x’s and o’s. I made my letters 6″ x 6″. Use something round to trace the o’s if you like, and a ruler to measure out your x’s. I made 22 o’s and 23 x’s, which resulted in a backdrop that’s about 5 feet wide and four feet tall.

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Once the letters are cut out, begin adhering them to the wall. We found that double sided tape worked better on the wrapping paper, while glue dots worked well with the crepe paper. You might need to experiment to find the best stick. Start with the top row, making it high enough to be above the tallest person’s head that you’ll be photographing. Ensure that your first row is level, and center the following rows according to the top.

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Continue until all of the letters are on the wall and set up your camera so that the letters carry on out of frame just a bit, to make it look like they go on forever. Get ready for lots of Valentine hugs and kisses, and snap away! xoxo

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P.S. It’s a terrible photo, but I had to include the one of Mr. Lovely wiping off lipstick after we smooched. Bahahaha.

DIY Valentine Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Valentine Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Valentine Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Ombre Tissue Paper Photobooth Backdrop

I. Am. Pumped. And I will tell you why. A few weeks ago I showed you this awesome studio, and today we get to unveil the video that we shot…

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I. Am. Pumped. And I will tell you why. A few weeks ago I showed you this awesome studio, and today we get to unveil the video that we shot there! My pal Chris at 25th Hour Films is an absolute genius of a doll of a human. And he’s to thank for this, Lovely Indeed’s first ever fancy professional film.

Whenever we’ve had videos in the past, it’s been me and Mr. Lovely, trading being behind the camera and figuring things out ourselves. But this was a whole different story, dudes. Chris knows what he’s doing (check out some of his other videos for mad proof, yo).

And now, for all you DIY fiends out there, check out the video DIY! It’s a super simple project but packs quite a punch.

A few details for you, if you like to read.

Materials

  • tissue paper in varying shades
  • scissors
  • chicken wire
  • wire cutters
  • zip ties
  • photo backdrop framework

Make Time: 3 Hours

Cut a bunch of tissue paper into large squares or rectangles, at least 9″x9″. Set up your photo backdrop so that it’s at least 8 feet tall and 7 feet wide. Cut your chicken wire to your desired size (our backdrop was 7 feet by 5 feet). Attach the chicken wire to the frame with zip ties. Stuff tissue paper into the chicken wire in your desired color arrangement. We found it easiest to grab the tissue in the middle of the piece, pinch/twist in the middle, and stuff that into the chicken wire. Then fluff it up a little.

When you’re done, step back and make sure you didn’t miss any spots! Then get out your camera and have a ball. Big props to 25th Hour Films for helping us make this awesome video! xoxo

P.S. For more of Lovely Indeed’s DIY photobooth series, head right over here.

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DIY Geometric Photobooth Backdrop

This is one of those projects that came out exactly how I wanted it to. I’m always so pumped when that happens! I’m also pretty pumped to have partnered on…

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This is one of those projects that came out exactly how I wanted it to. I’m always so pumped when that happens! I’m also pretty pumped to have partnered on this installation of our backdrop series with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape!

ScotchBlue has long been my favorite tape to mask and paint with — it always seems to give the cleanest borders. And I have to let you know how blown away Mr. Lovely and I were with the tape we used on this particular project. This was the first time I’ve used their tape with the Edge Lock feature and truly, the edges of the lines on this project came out sharper than any I’ve ever made. It’s gorgeous!

We made a little video to give you the lowdown on how to put this together, but it’s pretty darn simple.

Music by Bliss Blood & Al Street

Materials

  • clean painter’s dropcloth (ours was 4′ x 5′)
  • ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape
  • paint in various colors
  • paintbrushes or rollers
  • self-adhesive wall hooks and clips for hanging

Make Time: 2-3 Hours

Spread your dropcloth out and smooth the surface. Decide on a pattern and lay tape out accordingly. Smooth the edges of the tape to ensure that no paint seeps underneath. Paint the blank spaces on the dropcloth. Allow to dry fully, and hang on the wall. We used small self-adhesive hooks and binder clips, clipped along the top edge of the backdrop.

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Now go have yourself some fun in front of your photobooth! I’m thinking this project would also make an awesome picnic blanket, or just a good old piece of art to hang on the wall. And be sure to check out ScotchBlue’s Facebook PageTwitterYouTube, and Pinterest for more ideas and inspiration. xoxo

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Photobooth Factory // Record Wall

Gahhhhhh I love this one! It’s like a disco party in my house. I dont want to take it down. And to be completely fair, it was Mr. Lovely’s idea!…

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Gahhhhhh I love this one! It’s like a disco party in my house. I dont want to take it down. And to be completely fair, it was Mr. Lovely’s idea! He’s way into vinyl these days, and he suggested his growing collection as the perfect material for this month’s photobooth wall. My man rocks.

Materials

Make Time: 30 minutes

Assemble the wall hooks by putting the sticky part on the back of the plastic hook. Put a tiny hook through the center of a record, peel off the sticker on the other side of the hook, and affix to the wall according to the directions on the package.

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Get the first row up on the wall and ensure that it’s level. We used the buddy system and I eyeballed it while Mr. Lovely hung the records. Super scientific, we are.

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Once the first row is up and even, apply the second row in the gaps of the records from the first. Continue until you’ve reached the bottom. We made 5 rows of records, alternating between 6 and 7 records each.

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Set up your camera and snap away! You might have to test out your flash on this one and be sure it doesn’t make a crazy reflection on the records. Or if you like a crazy reflection and you’re psychedelic like that, rock on. xoxo

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Photobooth Factory // Post-It Pixels

As soon as this one started taking shape, Mr. Lovely said it looked like a 1980’s video game. And I couldn’t really disagree. But I’m deciding that I like it….

Photobooth Factory // Post-It Pixels

As soon as this one started taking shape, Mr. Lovely said it looked like a 1980’s video game. And I couldn’t really disagree. But I’m deciding that I like it. Perfect for an 80’s-themed party? Or a high school reunion? You could even leave pens by the photobooth and let people write notes on the Post-its! However you want to rock it, here’s what you’ll need.

Materials

  • Post-its (I used this six pack and it was enough for a 5′ x 4′ area)
  • level
  • blank wall

Make Time: 2 hours

Start by getting one even row of Post-its. Use a level for each Post-it, ensuring that it each one is straight and aligned directly next to the neighboring Post-it.

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Once you have a straight and level row, use it as a guide to add rows above and beneath, until you are satisfied with the size of your backdrop.

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Photobooth Factory // Post-It Pixels

Done! The technique for this one is beyond easy, but because there are so many pieces it’s a little more time-consuming than some of our other backdrops. And I’m not really sure why, but I feel like this one goes really well with some big ol’ headphones. xoxo

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Photobooth Factory // Post-It Pixels

Photobooth Factory // Post-It Pixels