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DIY Harry Potter photo booth – Platform 9¾

Trying to put together the perfect Harry Potter themed party but still haven’t gotten your Hogwarts letter? Never fear, Muggles–this tutorial will help you make the most magical memories yet! Hold on tight…

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Here’s how I built a Platform photo booth, using paper, printer ink, foam board, cardboard, and paint.

Oh yeah. And MAGIC.

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Materials I Used

Printed props

  • 2 sheets of 40″x60″ foam board – $1 each at the Dollar Store
  • Elmer’s Extra-Strength Spray Adhesive (10 oz. can) – $15 at Office Depot
  • Many sheets (14+ for legal size, or several more for letter size) of Premium bright ink jet paper (I used 96 brightness, 24 weight)
  • Plenty of printer ink (make sure you’re not running on empty)
  • hot glue
  • frame hanging eyelets – a few bucks at Wal-Mart or Home Depot
  • Bamboo skewers (a few bucks at the grocery store)

Faux brick wall

  • 1 small to medium-sized refrigerator cardboard box, at least 6.5 tall and 9 feet wide once unfolded and laid out. (Avoid much larger fridge boxes because they are difficult to transport after painting.)
  • Base paint – White or off-white interior house paint (house paint is durable and you will need a lot of it)
  • Assorted colors of craft paint – Tan, brick-red, black. I used fabric paint since that’s what I had available, and I recommend using that or another type of durable, opaque paint. Do NOT use poster paint.
  • Many sheets of newspaper
  • 1.5″ wide masking tape or painters tape (a few bucks at Home Depot or Wal-Mart)
  • Small nails/brads for nailing the backdrop to a wall

Tools

  • Color printer – I used my own Epson Workforce 435
  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • X-Acto knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paint roller & paint tray (I used $1 foil trays from the Dollar Store)
  • Grill cleaner pad with a handle on it ($1 at the Dollar Store). Another option is to use a sponge, but it really helps to have a solid handle attached to a coarse pad. It takes a LOT longer to stamp a pattern with a sponge than with something tough that has a handle.
  • Hammer

How to make the faux brick wall

Plan on spending at least a week preparing the brick wall. It takes a lot of time to locate a refrigerator box, transport it, paint it and then wait for it to dry.

Step 1 – Get a refrigerator box

Contact your local appliance or hardware store to see if they have a spare refrigerator box they don’t mind giving you. Many stores recycle their boxes so timing is key to nab a box before it hits the trash. It might help to speak with someone who works in the stock room or receiving department.

Look for a box that, when flattened, will measure out to at least 6.5 feet tall (needs to be at least as tall as the people in your photo booth!) and 9 feet wide. Make sure to take the height of the top and bottom flaps into consideration when you measure. Your box may not stand on its own without sitting on its bottom flaps, so you may lose that height. I nailed my finished backdrop to a wall so that I could maximize the height of the entire box, including the top and bottom flaps.

Bring a box cutter with you when you pick up the box so that you can cut the box open to flatten it. I acquired a few boxes to test out the sizes.

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Once you get home, open up your refrigerator box to test out the size and see how well it stands on its own. Cut it down to size with your box cutter if you need to. I cut the 4th panel off the box below because it would have been too big to fit into the photo booth room.

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Step 2 – Paint a base coat

Lay out your fridge box on a flat, clean surface and paint it with your white house paint. I used about a quarter gallon of leftover white wall paint. My paint had a satin finish but a flat finish would work best to cut down on glare when you take photos of the brick wall. (Learn more about types of wall paint finish here.) I used a mini roller and tin foil pain from the Dollar Store to quickly roll paint onto the cardboard. Make the paint uneven and even sloppy–This will add character and texture to the brick mortar. It should not be complete coverage.

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The finished base coat:

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Step 3 – Mask the brick mortar with tape

Now, this part can get tedious. So put on your favorite Harry Potter tunes and keep imagining the finished product–you can do it! I think this is the tape I used, but any similar tape should work fine:

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Take your roll of masking tape in one hand and your box cutter in the other. Be careful with this step! Run the box cutter along the middle of the tape to cut into it several layers deep, until you’ve made a cut around the entire circumference of the tape. The goal here is for the cuts to be uneven so that the strips of tape make the brick mortar look realistic–not perfect.

Peel strips of tape off one by one and begin masking out horizontal rows with the tape. I eyeballed my rows, but you can use a measuring tape to keep the rows even. I placed each row of tape about 5 inches apart. You will need to alternate between taping rows and cutting new grooves into the tape.

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You can see here how the strips of masking tape are a little jagged from when I cut down the center of the tape roll with my box cutter. This is the desired effect.

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Once you have all the rows taped on, add shorter strips of tape in vertical lines to separate the bricks. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of this step, but you get the idea. Here is a good example of how to apply your tape in a brick pattern. Alternate with long bricks and short bricks. Historic Panorama has some good examples of this brick technique.

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Step 4 – Paint the faux brick wall

Now for the fun part! Grab your red, tan, and black paints and paint layers of color onto the cardboard. (You may want to use some rubber gloves!) Put some dabs of paint in your paint tray and stamp your grill cleaner pad/sponge into it.

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You don’t want full coverage–the patchier, the better. Paint each of the bricks differently. I found that it worked well to stamp one color at a time onto the cardboard quickly and sloppily, while moving all around to paint different bricks. I would then stamp another color on top of it before it had a chance to dry. This technique added to the natural appearance of the brick.

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Wait about a day for the paint to be completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 5 – Remove the masking tape

Once the paint is dry, peel off the masking tape piece by piece. I wouldn’t wait longer than one day to peel off the tape since the tape can become stuck to the cardboard the longer it sits–you don’t want to rip off your paint job when you peel off the tape. Peel gently and starting in the same order in which you applied the tape. This technique can help you pull off multiple pieces off at once.

Your faux brick wall is now complete!

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How to make the props

Step 1 – Download and print

Download and print the PDF files below, which I compiled and edited from a variety of image sources on the web. I modified all the images to isolate them from their background and enlarge them to scale. You can find links to the original image sources on my Pinterest board. The original image of the snowy owl is by Raymond Barlow Photography–His photography of snowy owls is gorgeous!

Platform 9 3/4 sign (PDF)
“Have You Seen This Wizard?” sign (PDF)
Azkaban Prison sign (can be purchased & downloaded from Etsy)
Hedwig the snowy owl prop (PDF)
Sorting Hat prop (PDF)
Triwizard Cup prop (PDF)

Open the PDFs in Adobe Acrobat and print them using Acrobat’s poster printing function. You may need to toggle the Portrait/Landscape mode in order to use the fewest sheets of paper. Here’s an example from another DIY tutorial of mine.

Dialog box for poster printing in Adobe Acrobat

Use small margins, 0.25″ at the most. You will need at least 14 sheets of legal size paper (8 1/2″ x 14″) to print the props if arranged as shown:

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I used legal size because it’s what I had available, but you can print the images on regular letter sized paper too–You’ll just need more sheets of paper.

Note: Ignore the printout in the photo of the school badges–those were my failed attempt at printing onto iron-on transfer paper. Sadly they did not iron on properly and I had to throw them out. 🙁

Step 2 – Trim print-outs

Using scissors, cut out the white center of the “Have you seen this wizard” sign, and cut all the white margins off with a paper-cutter if you have one available. It helps if you have a GOOD paper-cutter, so try to find one at your local office supply store that has a sharp blade. Most office supply stores have a paper-cutter available for you in their printing/shipping department.

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For the remaining printouts, just trim off the white margins and cut some of the excess white paper with scissors as shown below. Leave the more precise trimming for later, after you have mounted the printouts to the foam board.

Step 3 – Prep layout of print-outs

Lay out and line up the sheets on top of the foam board to plan their position and make sure the foam board is big enough. If you arrange the images as shown, you should need only 2 foam boards on which to mount the sheets. (Place the cup and prison sign inside the empty space of the “Have you seen this wizard” image.) The “Have you seen this wizard” image may be slightly bigger than your foam board, depending on the size of the board. A slight overlap of the paper is okay, but if the overlap is major then you may want to tape 2 foam boards together with packing tape to accommodate the size of the sign.

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Once you have the layout decided, remove the print-out pieces from the foam board, keeping them in order, as you will need them again in just a moment.

Step 4 – Apply print-outs to foam board

Spray the entire foam board with spray adhesive. (Be sure to do this outside where you can breathe!) Then apply the sheets of the printouts to the foam board, piece by piece, matching up the seams carefully. Don’t forget to mount the cup and prison sign print-outs inside the empty area of the wizard sign.

Step 5 – Trim foam board

Trim off all the excess foam board from all pieces using an X-Acto knife or box cutter. Trim right up to the edges of the printed paper. If you accidentally make any tears or rips, use spray adhesive or craft glue to patch it back together.

Use a small blade to cut out the finer details, such as those in the Triwizard Cup. Avoid using scissors to cut anything, since scissor blades will crush the foam board and weaken its structure.

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Step 6 – Attach bamboo skewers

Hot-glue bamboo skewers to the sorting hat, Hedwig, and the Platform sign. You may need to impale the props with the skewers after coating the skewers with hot glue. Whichever technique is easier and sturdier. I ended up taping two skewers together per prop, and then gluing and taping the skewer onto the back of the prop to give it some stability.

Trim the Hedwig bamboo skewer just long enough so that you can hold it, but the rest is concealed. This will make it look like you’re really holding an owl! 😉

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Your props are complete!

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I also added some props from a few choice finds from my local thrift store: A graduation gown and ties for each school’s colors.

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Welcome to Platform !

The time has come! Place your faux brick wall where you’d like the photo booth to be. You can either stand the cardboard up on its own, or nail it to the wall using a hammer and small nails or brads. I nailed mine to the wall because it needed to be taller, and the only way to make it taller was to suspend it a foot off the ground.

Place your props by your brick wall, and there you have it! Enjoy your very own Platform !

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Party time.

Now for the fun part! Bust out those broom sticks and start taking pictures!

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DIY – How to make gothic boots

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Halloween is just around the corner and my costume calls for something a little on the dark side. I’m going goth, so I’ll definitely need some chunky (and spikey) platform boots to go with my ensemble. Those trademark boots can run you upwards of $100.

Here’s how I was able to get the look for just $11.50 with a few great finds from the thrift store and Party City:

vinyl platform boots (falling apart but still wearable) – $3 @ community thrift store
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spiked dog collar choker – on clearance for $2.50 @ Party City
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black O-ring belt – $2 @ Goodwill
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black studded belt – $2 @ Goodwill
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Velcro – $2 @ Habitat ReStore

DIY goth boots

Materials

The final look of your boots will depend on what kinds of pieces you find for cheap, but here are some guidelines on what to look for when you go thrifting.

  • Pair of black vinyl, pleather or leather boots, preferably with a chunky platform.
  • At least 2 black leather, pleather, or vinyl belts with plenty of metal hardware on them. The more spikes, studs, and buckles, the better.
  • Accessories with metal or metallic accents, such as bracelets or chokers that have spikes, studs, and buckles.
  • Hot glue, Elmer’s glue, and Tacky glue (you will need all of these)

Tools

  • Hot glue gun
  • Sharp, heavy-duty scissors (sewing scissors work well)
  • Rubber bands

How I did it

I cut apart the choker to separate the bands of spikes.

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I heavily coated the back of each band with hot glue, Elmer’s glue, and Tacky glue. I applied one band around the platform of each boot. The hot glue helped bond the band immediately to keep it from shifting while the Elmer’s and Tacky glue were drying.

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I wrapped the foot of each boot with rubber bands to hold the spiked bands in place while the glue dried overnight.

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I hot glued the leftover pieces of the choker to the back of the heels.

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(Here you can see the heavy wear and tear on these $3 thrift store boots!)

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Next I measured the O-ring belt around the calf of each boot to get an idea of what length I would need for each boot.

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I had enough belt to wrap around the top of each boot so I cut the belt into two pieces. I applied Velcro to the ends of each piece so that I could wrap it around the top of the boots. (I used Velcro rather than glue to attach these pieces because gluing would have covered the boot’s zippers, which I needed access to if I was ever going to take off the boots!)

Velcro shown on top side

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Velcro shown on top and underside

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I wrapped the O-ring belt pieces around the calf of each boot.

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Here you can see that I kept the seams on the inside near the zipper to make them less visible. Another trick to hide the seams–On the part of the belt where you cut with scissors, color the cut edge with black Sharpie marker to help the edges blend into the rest of the boot.

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The look so far:

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For a final detail, I cut small pieces from the studded belt and hot glued to the front of each boot. (I used the remaining pieces of the belt to create other accessories for my costume.)

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All done! Here’s the final look:

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Happy thrifting and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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DIY Rabbit Cake for “New Girl” Theme Party

Jessica Day’s cell phone is so darn cute you just want to eat it up. Well, NOW YOU CAN.

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Here is a cake I made for my friend’s New Girl themed birthday party. If you’re a fan of the show, you may recall Jessica Day’s infamous rabbitty cell phone:

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Here’s what it takes to make this fun and scrumptious dessert.

Ingredients

Cake ingredients

  • Two boxes Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix or other similar brand (you will make 2 cakes)
  • Ingredients listed on back of cake mix box. This may include:
    • 1 ¼ cups water (per cake)
    • ⅓ cup vegetable oil (per cake)
    • 3 large eggs (per cake)
    • butter and flour (for greasing and dusting the pans)

Frosting

I recommend using a whipped frosting such as Duncan Hines whipped cream cheese frosting or whipped vanilla frosting. I found that the sugar icing I made for the cake in the photos was far too liquid to hold its shape, and required multiple layers to create a smooth surface. The creamy homestyle frosting I used as a backup grabbed at the cake too much, tearing it apart as I applied the frosting. Whipped icing is definitely the way to go.

Materials & Tools

  • mixer
  • 40″ x 60″ foam board ($1 at your local dollar store)
  • wax paper
  • X-Acto blade to cut foam board
  • cutting knife
  • icing spatula
  • serrated bread knife
  • 8″ x 8″ baking pan
  • 13″ x 9″ baking pan
  • mixing bowls

 

How to Make It

Step 1 – Bake the cakes

Grease both baking pans with butter and dust with flour to keep the cakes from sticking to the pans.

Using one cake mix, prepare the mixture and bake in the 13″ x 9″ baking pan according to the ingredients and box instructions (use these instructions for Duncan Hines mix). This will be the body of the rabbit cake.

Using the other cake mix, prepare the mixture and pour about half of it into the 8″ x 8″ baking pan. Bake according to the box instructions. This will be used for the rabbit ears. You only need half the recipe to create the rabbit ears, so you can use the remaining mix to make 12 cupcakes or another 8″ x 8″ cake.

Let the cakes cool in the pans.

 

Step 2 – Prep the cake board

Use an X-Acto blade to cut the foam board down to 30″ x 60″.  Place a long sheet of wax paper on the foam board, and place the 13×9 cake on top of it. To get the cake out of the pan without dropping or breaking it, I found it easiest to first place a wire rack over the entire top of the cake, and then flip it upside down while holding the rack and pan against each other to catch the cake. With the cake now upside-down on the rack, place the wax paper and foam board over the top, and then flip it upside down again so that it lands on the wax paper against the foam board. Use the same technique to get the 8×8 cake out of the cake pan, and place it onto its own sheet of wax paper on top of the cake board.

 

Step 3 – Prep the cake pieces

Use a serrated bread knife to slice off the top of the cakes until they are level and not rounded.

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Use a cutting knife to cut ear shapes into the 8×8 cake.

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Each ear will use about one third of the cake. I free-form cut my ear pieces but you can use this outline as a guide.

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Print this pattern and use as a stencil for cutting the ears out of the 8×8 cake.

Arrange the ears next to the body of the cake so that it looks like this:

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Step 4 – Add the frosting

Add white frosting to the center of the cake, leaving about a 1½ inch border of cake without frosting.

Add the red icing dye Ice the rest of the cake

Mix red icing color (not food dye) into the rest of the icing until you get that deep red you’re looking for. (I used food dye instead of icing color, and as you can see, my icing turned out more pink than red.) Spread the red icing over the remainder of the cake.

Use another color of icing (I used purple) to pipe in a border around the white portion, and personalize it however you want!

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Step 5 – Have a Happy Birthday!

And of course, no New Girl theme party would be complete without some wise words from Nick.

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How to Make a Gold Frame for a “New Girl” Theme Party

One of my friends got the fantastic idea to throw a birthday party themed around FOX’s show New Girl. My friends and I love that show, so we took the ball and ran with it.

We wanted to hang a giant gold frame like the one in the TV show’s intro, so that all the party-goers could take their photo inside it.

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Well, turns out it’s VERY hard to find a frame like that, and even if we DID find one, it would have cost an arm and a leg. So I created a replica instead.

Here’s how I built it, using paper, printer ink, and foam board.

Materials I Used

  • 8 sheets of 40″x60″ foam board – $1 each at the Dollar Store
  • Elmer’s Extra-Strength Spray Adhesive (10 oz. can) – $15 at Office Depot
  • 3 wooden rulers – $1 each at the Dollar Store
  • Many sheets (30 or more) of Premium bright ink jet paper (I used 96 brightness, 24 weight)
  • Plenty of printer ink (make sure you’re not running on empty)
  • packing tape
  • craft glue
  • hot glue
  • frame hanging eyelets – a few bucks at Walmart or Home Depot
  • string – $1 at the Dollar Store
  • 4 cup hooks – a few bucks at Walmart or Home Depot

Tools

  • Color printer – I used my own Epson Workforce 435
  • Paper cutter
  • Box cutter
  • X-Acto knife
  • Hot glue gun

How to make the pieces

Step 1 – Download and print

Download these PDF files, which I created from scratch using the a still frame from the TV intro (above) as a guide. This involved lots of tracing, creating patterns, and tiling patterns. I won’t bore you by going into those details!

Next to each PDF is its size when printed at 100% scale and pieced together. (Measurements are rounded to the nearest inch.)

New Girl – oval pattern print-out (PDF) – 30″ x 40″
New Girl – gold frame print-out (PDF) – 39″ x 42″
New Girl – NEW sign print-out (PDF) – 25″ x 16″
New Girl – GIRL sign print-out (PDF) – 29″ x 17″
New Girl – Jess sign print-out (PDF) – 34″ x 14″

Credit for the image of the frame goes to Adorn Event Hire‘s website. I modified the image of the frame in Photoshop to look a bit more like the frame from the TV series.

Add your own name

Want to add your own name to the “JESS” sign? No problem! Here is my source file for the sign, so that you can replace the text with your own name if you like:

New Girl – Jess source file (PSD) – 34″ x 14″

To change the text in the sign:

  1. Download the PSD file above and open it in Adobe Photoshop.
    • Note: If you do not have Photoshop, you can print a blank sign and then draw whatever name you like inside of it after you construct the sign. Download the blank sign here: New Girl – Jess sign print-out (blank) (PDF)
  2. Use the text tool to change the text in the JESS layer.
  3. Go to “Save As,” and for the Format, select “Photoshop PDF.”
  4. Uncheck the box for “Layers.”
  5. Click “Save.”
    • Note: You can apply compression if you need to make the file size smaller. If so, on the next screen, select Compression, then set “Image Quality” to “High.”
  6. Click “Save PDF.”
  7. Follow the rest of the instructions in Step 1 of this post: Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat and print using the poster option.

Print

Open the PDFs in Adobe Acrobat and print them using Acrobat’s poster printing function. You may need to toggle the Portrait/Landscape mode in order to use the fewest sheets of paper.

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Use small margins, 0.25″ at the most. You will need at least 12 sheets of paper to print the background, 12 for the frame, and about 4 for each sign (“NEW,” “GIRL,” and “Jess”).

Note: I recommend printing the background pattern at 130% its size, because the size of that oval appears much smaller than the frame when you place a person in between them to take their photo. The extra 30% will help out with the foreshortening effect.

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Step 2 – Trim print-outs

Cut all the white margins off the printing paper. This step takes a LONG time, and you need a GOOD paper cutter, so try and find one at your local office supply store that has a sharp blade. Most office supply stores have a paper cutter available for you in their printing/shipping department.

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Step 3 – Prep foam board

Lay out and line up the sheets you printed of the background pattern to get feel for how many foam boards you will need to mount the sheets. One way to do this is by placing the foam boards on top of the sheets until you have covered them with foam boards. Since I printed the background pattern at 100% its size, I needed only 2 foam boards on which to mount the sheets. If you print the background pattern at 130% its size as recommended above, you may need 4 foam boards to mount the sheets.

Once you lay out the sheets and determine how many foam boards they will require, tape the foam boards together on both sides using packing tape.

Step 4 – Prep layout of print-outs

Lay the printed pattern pieces onto the taped foam board to plan their position and make sure the foam board is big enough. Remove the pattern pieces from the foam board, keeping them in order, as you will need them again in just a moment.

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Step 5 – Mount print-outs to foam board

Spray the entire foam board with spray adhesive. (Be sure to do this outside where you can breathe!) Then apply the sheets of background pattern to the foam board, piece by piece, matching up the seams carefully.

The finished pattern applied to the foam board (my cat is supervising):

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Step 5 – Repeat for all pieces

Repeat steps 3 through 4 with each of the PDF files. Each of the “Jess,” “NEW” and “GIRL” signs should require 1 foam board. Lay the printed sheets out onto a foam board to plan their position and make sure the foam board is big enough. If you need more than 1 piece of foam board for a sign, tape together the foam board as needed. Use spray adhesive to apply the sheets of paper to to the foam board.

For the frame, arrange the printed sheets into 4 sections–top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right. Each section should be 4 sheets of paper. Use spray adhesive to apply one section of 4 sheets to each foam board.

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I recommend waiting until Step 7 to tape together the 4 frame sections, so that you can trim out the details more easily while the pieces are a manageable size.

Step 6 – Trim foam board

Trim off all the excess foam board from all pieces using an X-Acto knife or box cutter. Trim right up to the edges of the printed paper. If you accidentally make any tears or rips, use spray adhesive or craft glue to patch it back together.

Use a small blade to cut out the finer details in the frame. Do NOT use scissors to cut anything, since scissor blades will crush the foam board and weaken its structure.

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Step 7 – Reinforce foam board

Now you can tape together the 4 frame foam boards at their seams. Reinforce the back of the frame by taping rulers across the seams. This will help keep the frame from bending or buckling under its own weight.

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Step 8 – Glue hanging eyelets

Use a hot glue gun to glue two frame-hanging eyelets onto the back of the frame at the top-left and top-right positions. Hot glue two eyelets to the back of the background pattern oval as well, also in the top-left and top-right positions. Try to align the eyelets so that they are level on each side. This will help you keep the frame level when you hang it up.

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All your pieces are now complete!

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Step 9 – Hang frame and background pattern

Screw two cup hooks into the ceiling about 3 feet apart (or the width of your background pattern oval). Hang your background pattern oval onto these hooks with some string. You will need an assistant for this part, to help you get it level.

Screw 2 more cup hooks into the ceiling about 3 feet apart, and 2 feet in front of the other cup hooks. Hang your frame onto these hooks with some string. Adjust the string so that it is level.

You may need to unscrew and re-screw the cup hooks a few times to get the placement of both pieces just right.

Cup hooks to hang frame from ceiling

This is how the frame and background pattern should look when you have hung them up. I printed my background at 100% its size, and it is easy to see here why I recommend printing the background pattern at 130% the original size. Foreshortening (when objects closer to your eye appear larger than those in the background) causes the pattern to look too small for the frame that’s in front of it once you have hung them from the ceiling. Printing the background larger will help you take foreshortening into account.

New Girl hang frame and background pattern

Step 10 – Party!

Now for the fun part! Get your friends together and start taking pictures!

 

New Girl theme party

 

Update 12/28/2016

Wear the Frame as a Costume

One of my readers Sarah suggested scaling the frame down to make it wearable for a costume–Great idea, Sarah! Here’s how you can make this frame into a Jessica Day costume.

  1. Download and print this PDF file (29″ x 34″)–It is a smaller version of the frame with the pattern built into it.
  2. Follow steps 2 through 6 to mount the trimmed pieces onto foam board, and then cut out.
  3. Tie some strips of ribbon or cord across the shoulders and through the foam board. These will act as straps, so you can carry the frame like a backpack. Here is an example of where you could place the straps.

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Thank you to my reader Taylor P. for sharing her Jessica Day costume that she made using my tutorial. Great job, Taylor… You look adorable! I think Zooey Deschanel would be impressed.

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