Easy Giant Foam Board Photo Frame Prop

My husband and I throw an annual party we call the Jean Short Jamboree.

Attendees must wear jean shorts – the whackier the better! – and there’s always a prize for the “Jean Short Jampion” which is the best dressed party goer.

Here’s an example of what goes down around here on JSJ weekend:

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Good times.

Dakota likes to join in on the fun too.

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One of my favorite props is this giant denim photo frame for taking pictures:

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How to make your own giant foam board photo booth frame:

You will need:

  • Large Foam Board (I got mine at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon – yesss!)
  • Fabric* (or embellishments, sharpies – whatever you wish to decorate with)
  • Rotary Cutter or Blade Cutter (to cut foam board)
  • Scissors (to cut fabric)
  • Glue (I used Aleene’s tacky glue)

*I chose to cover mine with fabric, but you could also paint, decorate with sharpies or glue embellishments to the front.

Once you have all your supplies, draw out the design for your frame. I sketched my design with pencil by marking the middle of each edge and drawing a swirl between each middle point.

Then, use either a rotary cutter (this makes it so easy – if you don’t have one I highly recommend getting one as I use mine all the time and it makes cutting everything from fabric to foam board a cinch) or a blade knife to cut out your design.

Here’s mine after I cut it out:

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So far so good!

Next, if covering with fabric, lay your cut-out foam on your fabric.

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Use your rotary cutter & mat (or scissors) to cut out the fabric, leaving a generous border:

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My fabric was a bit wrinkled, so at this point I ironed it out.

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Now for the really tedious part. If your frame has curved edges like mine, you’ll have to cut several small sections and glue them folded over like this:

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Just keep going until you’ve gone all the way around your frame.

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If the interior of your frame is squared off like mine, simply cut diagonal lines at each corner.

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Then fold over to back and glue into place.

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Don’t worry about how the back looks!

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Another staple decoration of our Jean Short Jamboree is this fun pallet sign pointing the way to the fun. Cute, huh?

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