Thursday, June 19, 2014

photo booth flower wall


May was full of celebrating this year. My sister, Natalie, graduated from college and turned 30 all in the same month! We celebrated by hosting a strawberry/40s/summer picnic themed party in my parent's backyard. One decoration that made the event extra special was a huge flower wall as the backdrop to the photo booth. 

The flower wall took a lot of hard work and honestly wasn't the cheapest project in the world, but was well worth it. Not only was it a beautiful backdrop, but it added another decoration to the party. 

First, I bought tissue from Paper Mart. Paper Mart is local to me so after I place my order I have the opportunity to save on shipping by going straight to the warehouse to pick it up. We got 4 "mini packs" of each color (Scarlet Red, Peach, & Cool Mint). For some reason Cool Mint came out looking way different from the first time I ordered it (first I ordered 2 mini packs each and didn't have enough) but it didn't matter, it still turned out great. 

I started to make the tissue flowers by myself and it was taking HOURS. So I ultimately had a tissue-flower-making party. (Thank you for everyone that helped!) An easy DIY to make tissue flowers can be found here

After I had garbage bags FULL of flowers, Natalie's sister-in-law, Hannah, and I tied the flowers to "chicken wire." It's not really chicken wire but it's called Hardware Cloth at Home Depot. The wire is 2ft x 5ft and we bought 3 of them. When attaching the flowers to the wire, make sure to place them as closely as possible so there are no gaps between them (you want the wall to look nice and full). 

When it was time for the party we staple gunned them to the fence. They were placed on the fence lengthwise so became a 6ft x 5ft flower wall! At first I feared the wall was too small but it turned out to be the perfect size. 

The party was so much fun, and ended too quick. There was a lot of babies that needed to go to bed! To see more photos of Natalie's birthday party check them out on my Flickr

- Christina

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The app used for the iPad photo booth is called Pocketbooth.

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