Saturday, January 26, 2013

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Shoot

Before I start, I swear... I bought NOTHING for this project and I'm so pleased with the super cute results.  Everything I had was laying around our house somewhere or another.   Gosh, I love projects like that.  One more disclaimer - I was inspired last year for this idea by a photo I found on Flickr, but if you search "kissing booth" on Pinterest, I assure that you'll find a million similar kissing booth ideas to work from.
I started with this crate (~18x9.5x12.5") I found in the basement.  Not sure where it came from, but it wasn't being used, so I figured it'd be ok to paint... and I painted with some extra white satin Valspar paint we had in the garage.  I painted away, but only the parts that would show in my photographs (Yes, I'm *that* lazy.)  I've seen these crates at JoAnn's, AC Moore's and Michaels, so I'm assuming with a coupon, they wouldn't be that expensive to buy.
Next I made the overhead sign, affixing the items with only wood glue (no nails ladies!).  These were all wood scraps I found in the basement. The horizontal piece was ~24"x3.5".  I painted the face of the sign white, along with the two, thin supports  which were ~1.5"x20". (I just painted the front sides, again.  Wouldn't want to get too ambitious, would I?) 
As you can tell from the photo, I used a small hand saw on the support parts (for a neater cut), and on the horizontal sign, I merely scored the wood with the saw, then just broke it over my knee to get that raw, rough edge.  After my paint was dry, I grabbed a sharpie I wrote "Kissing Booth". 

I made a quick pattern and cut some hearts out of felt. I literally just put a tiny dot of tacky glue on the right corner of each heart and over-layed one on the other until it was the approximate length on my crate.  When the bunting dried, I again used a few quick dots of tacky Glue and attached each corner to the bottom of the crate (which would be facing forward on the finished product.)

Time to wedge in the overhead sign.  This kissing booth is not 100% durable, and would not make a good toy to play with, but if you wanted to, I'm sure you cold secure the whole thing a bit better than I did.  Good thing about doing it this way is it's easy to disassemble so you can share it with your friends (because really, it's way too cute not to share, right?)

Yep, I just wedged the thin sign supports into the open slats on the crate.  I had to use an additional cardstock shim on one side to keep the sign from leaning forward.  The other side fit pretty snug.

Now time for your menu.  Kisses.  That's all we were serving.  5 cents each.

I used some red and white cardstock, and then these adorable red and white striped party straws and candy cups I had leftover from my last TomKat Studio order (my go-to party supply shop).  Love that place!  On my sign I wrote (again in black sharpie) Kisses, 5 cents.  Then I constructed the sign holder.

The sign was taped to the straw, a hole was poked in the candy cup and the straw was inserted into the candy cup.  The sign was extremely top heavy, so I took a piece of Playdoh (yes, when all the colors get mixed together, you get gray Playdoh) and Voila!  So cute, right?

Kissing booth complete!...but I couldn't stop there.  I bought (oops, I guess I did end up buying something for this project, after all) sparkly iron-on stuff (what's that stuff called again?) and cut out an X, and O and a teeny, tiny heart.  I ironed them onto 2 of the boys white undershirts and their wardrobes were complete.  Add red lipstick (lots of red lipstick) and we were ready to shoot.
My two cutie pies.

How could you resist this sweet face?

Any one have any nickels?

Needed Items:
1 or more cute kids
small saw
wood glue
craft glue
wood crate
wood for overhead sign:  2 pieces of thin 1.5"x20" for supports and 1 piece 24"x3" for sign
white paint
felt in various Valentine colors
menu supplies (straw, candy cup, colored paper)
ball of playdoh (optional, but helps hold menu sign)


  1. OH MY GOSH!!! SOOOOOOOO stinking cute! I love it!!!! You are one crafty mama!!!

  2. So incredibly cute! I am so envious ... I couldn't pay my girls to cooperate with wearing those shirts!!! They are such stinkers. What a cute idea!

  3. This is absolutely adorable, in so many ways!!! We are having a V-Day party with our MoMs group, and I would love to do something like this! Thanks for the awesome inspiration! :)

  4. Soo cute! I'm sending the girls over with quarters!


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