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How to make a Photo Prop Board

One of my favorite party decorations is a photo prop board. This is perfect for any gathering- I made this one for my grandmother’s 91st birthday. She loves cows- so this was the picture we came up with. I was originally g2015-07-03 17.55.09oing to do two cows, but I liked the idea of having the heads at different heights.

Here are the steps to making a photo prop board:

Step 1: Buy a piece of ply wood board from a hardware store such as Lowes or Home Depot.

Mine was 8 ft by 4 ft, so my husband cut it down to about 5 ½ ft by 4 ft (I needed to transport mine, so it needed to fit in my van). Think about the height of your guests (if you’re throwing a kids party you would want a smaller board).

Step 2: Paint the board white. The paint absorbs easily, so this helps set a good foundation for the colored paint. A quart of paint should be enough.

I had to paint 2 coats on the front and one coat on the back (I painted the back to make it smoother and more uniform- this is optional though)

Step 3: Cut the heads out.  2015-07-03 10.10.34

I did this before drawing the picture, so I could adjust if it ended up bigger, smaller or different then what I had planned. We printed off a oval shape and cut it out to use as a template to trace before cutting. My husband used a jigsaw to cut the holes.

Step 4: Dra2015-07-03 16.09.58w your picture.

Weused clip art as a reference. You can either free hand draw or use a projector to trace. If you trace, make sure the face fits in the hole. I put two pictures together to get the look I wanted. Start drawing around the face first.

Step 5: Paint your picture.

I would recommend painting thIMG_3156e background first, then painting your characters. I used acrylic paint. Make sure to paint the inside of the hole for the head with the color you painted the face. This makes is smooth and makes it fit in with the picture.

Step 6: Enjoy!!!