This post and DIY tutorial is brought to you by Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions are my own.
One of the hottest trends we are seeing all over the design world is pieces with that vintage chalk finish, from home decor to wedding decor! So today I'm going to be sharing a project that helps you achieve that look, featuring FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint from Plaid, as well as a new formula of Mod Podge!
FolkArt Home Décor Chalk from Plaid, is a no-prep acrylic paint that dries in minutes and can be layered and sanded to give you the perfect distressed look and feel. Transform your everyday items into one of a kind treasures with this paint! These ultra matte paints give you that rustic chic look and feel that is still a mainstay in wedding styles.
For today's project, I'm making a photobooth sign! You can display this sign next to your wedding photo booth to encourage your guests to have a ball taking photos!
What You'll Need:
- A piece of wood to use as the sign
- Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint
- Mod Podge Clear Chalkboard
- Paint brushes or foam brushes
- Regular Chalk
- Chalk Ink Markers (optional)
- Sandpaper (optional)
How to Make a DIY Wedding Photo Booth Sign
Step 1: Choose your sign or surface.
I picked up a cute small wooden plaque at Michael's for $2.99 — it's about 7 inches by 10 inches, and has a cute scalloped border.
Step 2: Paint your sign.
I used the Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in grey (paint color Maui Sand) and applied one coat with a foam brush. This paint is incredible because it's so smooth and creamy that you really don't need to prep your surface AT ALL! It covered my surface super well with just one coat, but just for the sake of following instructions I applied two coats. Even though the paint was dry to the touch in minutes, the label recommended to let the paint dry for 2 hours between coats.
Step 3: Apply Mod Podge Clear Chalkboard
After my sign was dry, I applied two coats of Mod Podge Clear Chalkboard to the surface. Allow to dry for 1 hour in between coats. Then, allow the sign to rest for 24 hours to cure. I love Mod Podge because it's an all-in-one solution for so many craft projects, and I was excited to try this newest formula. It painted on very well!
Step 4: Prep Your Chalkboard with Chalk
Use chalk to prep your chalkboard by rubbing it all over the surface of your sign. Then wipe the heavy chalk dust off with a paper towel or other rag. This will give your chalkboard that weathered look, like a real chalkboard!
Step 5: Write Your Message on Your Sign
Use your chalk to write your message on your sign! For our project we wrote: Grab a prop & strike a pose! You can see how we used the chalk to write on the sign, and it easily wipes clean thanks to the Mod Podge Clear Chalkboard coating that turned our surface into a chalkboard!
For a little extra fun detail, I used a Q-Tip to create the ampersand (&) in the negative space of a filled in solid chalk circle! I also dampened the Q-Tip to add extra definition around some of the letters (just a little trick I picked up from my friend and famous Chalk Lettering artist Valerie McKeehan!)
Didn't it turn out great? You can display it on a table next to your photo booth using an easel, or staple some ribbon or twine to the back to hang from the wall if you so desire!
This project is super simple and totally easy to make it your own with a few simple tweaks!
- Want your message to be more lasting? Try using Chalk Ink Markers! They can still be wiped clean after the fact with a wet cloth or you can use one of their more permanent varieties.
- Want your sign to be more rustic looking? Just do a little sanding on the edges with sandpaper to rough up the edges to get an even more rustic look!
- Perhaps you want to use this sign as an actual chalkboard sign for your photo booth! Have a rag close by along with chalk and your friends can write their own messages on the sign to pose with in the photo booth for even more interactive fun!
- The FolkArt Chalk Paints come in a great color palette of 42 colors so you can use them to customize your sign depending on your wedding color scheme.
I was so excited to try out these Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paints — I can't wait to find something to refinish with the blue color (Cascade) and the Folk Art Home Decor Wax they sent! Mod Podge also recently came out with three new varieties including Mod Podge Pearl, Mod Podge Ultra Matte Chalk, and Mod Podge Clear Chalkboard (used in this project.)
These products are great for transforming flea market or thrift store finds — you can just up-cycle things you find around the house to turn them into wedding decor! You know we're all about up-cycling for your wedding!
I hope you loved this DIY Wedding Photo Booth Sign project! Will you attempt it for your big day?
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