Monday, August 2, 2010

Cruisin' in the Fast Lane: Construction Zone

Early on Ryan and I decided we would like to do a "faux"to booth at our wedding. If you never heard of this increasingly popular wedding event, it involves setting up a background, providing some props, and either using a photographer or camera/tripod/remote system to allow guest to take funny snap-shots.
[Source: You Look Nice Today via Ruffled]
[Source: Lena Corwin's Wedding via Green Wedding Shoes]
'FAUX'to Booth Tutorial

To make our own photobooth we modified a DIY Greenscreen Tutorial to fit our needs. First we needed to purchase our materials:

•3/4"x10' Sch. 40 PVC Pipe- 4
•3/4" Sch. 40 PVC 90 Degree Elbow- 2
•3/4" Sch. 40 PVC T-Connector- 2
•3/4" Sch. 40 PVC Cap- 8
•3/4" Sch. 40 PVC Coupling- 2
•3/4" Sch. 40 PVC Cross Connector- 2

Total cost for all of these materials should be less than $25. You will also need a PVC pipe cutter or hacksaw, which thankfully my dad had.

To assemble:
- Cut  2 pieces of 3/4" PVC pipe into approximately 24" lengths. Put a cap on one end of each section.
- Slide a T-Connector onto each 24" length.
- Cut 8 pieces of 3/4" PVC pipe into approximately 18" lengths putting a cap of one end of each section.
- Stick the open ends of each pipe into a cross connector using 18" lengths for three of the holes and a 24" length with T-Connector into the fourth hole.
[Source: DIY Greenscreens]
- Cut two of the other 3/4" pipe pieces to height of your desired backdrop stand. Be sure to measure the ceiling height if you will be using this indoors.\
- These pieces will be inserted vertically into the top of the T-Connector.
- Cut the length of your crossbar to width of your fabric plus about 5 inches.
- Attach the 90 degree elbow connectors to the ends of the crossbars and to the top of the vertical pipes.
- Secure your fabric to the top of the pipe using clamps, velcro, tape, pins, etc.

ATTENTION: This frame is not meant to be a permanent structure and is wobbly. Be sure to reenforce joints with heavy duty tape, such as duct tape, if you are worried about the durability.

We purchased 10 yards of Premier Prints Kimono fabric in Chartreuse/White from and had WAY TOO MUCH. We joke that we'll be making play clothes for our children, grandchildren, and great children like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.
Here is a sneak peek of how it turned out...

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