Hello Kat & Rock n Roll Bride readers, Iâ€™m Rebecca Douglas of www.rebeccadouglas.co.uk a Kent based wedding and lifestyle photographer who loves working with people and making and creating beautiful things! Â When Iâ€™m not shooting and doing photography related stuff I love to get a make on with all sorts of materials.
I really loved the images that I was seeing from wedding photo booths and so wanted to develop these blackboard speech bubbles for guests to write messages on while in photo booths at weddings.
â™¥Â 3mm thick MDF
â™¥Â Chalkboard Spray Paint Â (I bought mine from amazon but you should be able to get it in craft stores or places like B&Q too)
â™¥Â Chalk board pens (as above)
â™¥ A laser cutter or jigsaw
Step One: Cut the MDF into the shapes you want the speech bubbles to be.Â Youâ€™ll find there are a lot of sellers on eBay that already sell pre-cut shapes if you don’t have a laser cutter or jigsawÂ yourself. I’ve had a google around and there are also a lot of companies that offer laser cutting online, where you just email in your order and voila, the cut shapes are sent to you. That said a bit of elbow grease with a jigsaw and sandpaper will do the trick too.
Step Two: Set out a wide area of newspaper and lay the cut shapes out.Â Before you start spraying, make sure you have a big border of newspaper, or youâ€™ll be left with a newspaper shaped outline on your garden path like mine is now sporting! (Whoooops!) When you start spraying, be sure to keep a consistent movement across the shapes as you donâ€™t want paint to build up in one area (this will show up in photos). The can recommends that you spray at a height of 30cm from the surface which gives a good even coverage.
Step Three:Â Leave the shapes to dry for around 20 minutes. I used this time constructively and had a cup of Yorkshire brew and a few obligatory custard creams.
Step Four:Â Repeat step two. I re-sprayed the shapes twice so they had three coats in total and there was enough paint in the can for this. I had a few bourbons just to spice up my biscuit choice between the second and third coats. Once dried, I tested them out with some classic Crayola chalk.
Step Five: And you’re done! Easy!
The boards were fully tested and ready to roll at a recent wedding. I used a small Ikea tableÂ (I love it, detachable legs so it is easy to ferry about) to set up the â€˜writing stationâ€™ in the room that the champagne and canapÃ©s were being served in. I invested in some chalk board pens in bold colours, to ensure the text was clearly visible.
And finally… I also made a photo booth backdrop (you can see it on my website here). I’d like toÂ offer 10% off any Rock n Roll Bride readers who’d like to hire it for their 2012 wedding (you could use your newly-made speech bubbles in it!) To qualify, simple email me and quote ‘ Rock n Roll Bride DIY Post’ in the email.
More wedding DIYÂ tutorialsÂ can be found here.