Whisker Works’ 4,000 Fan Giveaway

Four thousand Facebook fans?! Wow. You guys rock. To show my appreciation to you, I’m offering up a $50 gift certificate to the Whisker Works shop.

Open to anyone in any country, there are three ways you can enter:

1.Leave a comment below! Your comment counts as entry #1. Any random comment will do. Say hello, tell me a joke, tell me who your favorite mustachioed celebrity is — anything!

2. Share this blog on Pinterest! Pin ANY image from this blog using “Handmade Hilarity” in the caption. Then come back here and leave a comment saying you’ve completed entry #2.

3. Subscribe to this blog! Click on “Subscribe” above and follow the steps to join the Handmade Hilarity mailing list. Once you complete the subscription steps, come back here and leave a comment saying that you’ve completed entry #3.

Maximum of three entries per person. Contest ends Wednesday, July 11 at midnight EST. All entries will be verified and invalid entries will be removed before a winner is chosen at random. I will contact the winner via the email address registered for the comment. If the winner does not claim the certificate within one week, then a new winner will be chosen at random.

Share this link! Give your friends and family a chance to win too. I’m sure they’d let you borrow their props if they won.

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UPDATE: This giveaway has ended.

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Ideas to Inspire: Quilts!

It doesn’t take much to create a colorful photo backdrop. Using your grandma’s patchwork quilt will do the trick! Hang it vertically and set up your tripod – the quilt adds a great amount of color and a vintage vibe.

This first quilt feature comes from Tami Siriani of Siriani Photography. The bride and groom used this colorful quilt as the backdrop to their wedding ceremony, then used it once more as their photo booth backdrop at the reception that followed. A vine-covered arbor at the wedding location made a perfect photo booth stand; they simply tacked the quilt to the backside. The bride decorated the front of the arbor with paper chains made from book pages.

Siriani Photography / Facebook

Below are a few other examples showcasing pretty patchwork patterns. There are so many possibilities!

Above: Christina Block Photography

Above: amelia + dan photography

Above: Jordan Weiland Portraiture

Above: Mandy Lynne Photography

Don’t already have a quilt? Etsy has a variety of beautiful options here.

Kid-sized photo booth!

This kid-sized photo booth is ideal for a little one’s birthday party! It’s also easily customizable by using theme-appropriate paper to match your party.

Total cost: $10
Total time: 1 hour

Materials
– Project display board
– Wrapping paper
– 8×10″ frame
– Spray paint
– Glue gun

I was able to find the display board (for science fair projects) and frame at my local dollar store. I bought the heavy-weight wrapping paper and white Krylon Short Cuts spray paint from a craft store.

Instructions

1. Remove the glass and backing from the frame so you are left with just the 8×10″ decorative frame. In a well-ventilated area (I recommend the outdoors!), coat the frame with the can of spray paint.


2. After the paint has dried (approximately 30 minutes), position the frame on the project display board where you would like it. Then trace around the frame, marking the board. Using a scissors, blade or box cutter, remove the rectangular box that you just marked.
3. Unroll the wrapping paper and cut to size, allowing at least one inch of excess all around the board. Fold the paper around the board and tape into place. Be sure to use a lot of tape around the creases.
4. Through the hole cut in the board, trim the paper, allowing approximately one inch of excess. Wrap the paper through the hole and tape securely into place. You’ll want to use a lot of tape around this area, as it will get the most use.


5. Fit your frame into position within the hole and allow about 1/8″ to stick through the back. Then use your glue gun and glue around the edges of the frame, mounting it to the board.

You’re all done! Just place the photo booth where the kids can reach it. After the party, just fold it up and tuck it away – it takes up very little space!

Additional ideas:
– For extra strength, use fabric instead of wrapping paper. You’ll want to use a spray adhesive for the fabric, instead of tape.
– To accommodate bigger kids, use a larger frame. But just keep in mind that you’ll be limited to the size of the project display board.

Much thanks to Susan from Rivers Photography for helping with the kiddo portraits. Green mustache prop by Whisker Works.