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For my son’s 5th birthday I wanted to have a photo booth. Do you know the kind I mean? They are at amusement parks and zoos– there is a face cut-out and you stand behind it and have someone take your picture. I searched online to look for ideas. I also would have bought one if I could have found one. But I came up with nothing.
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Then I realized that I could make my own, out of an old Christmas tree box that I had. First, I painted it white. I can’t remember if I used spray paint, or just some latex wall paint that I had on hand. It might have even been just primer! I was not sure how to get started, until….. I started with the face cutout! That enabled me to look at a drawing of Mario, and then Sonic, and start drawing their shapes to fit the rest of the space on the box. I started with pencil. When I was satisfied, I outlined it in black permanent marker. The shapes were a lot easier to draw than I thought they would be.
Sonic the Hedgehog
I had three good sides to use, (the fourth being the opening) so I made a Super Mario, a Sonic the Hedgehog, and then a plain game background. My son has a Super Mario costume and a Sonic Costume, so he stood in front of the plain background wearing his costume for some pictures.
Can you guess what kind of paint I used to color it all in? I used what I already had– Finger Paint* in squeeze tubes and Crayola Washable Paints.* They are not weather proof or waterproof or anything, but my photo booth has lasted a year anyway!
It was so much fun to see it all come together!
Super Mario AFTER!!
The birthday guests had tons of fun getting their pictures taken–and so did I! I even made a mustache for Super Mario, to hold on a bamboo skewer.
To see the details of the Super Mario and Sonic themed cake that I made for this birthday party, click here.