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DIY Car Photo Booth

by vickybarone

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We saw this AMAZING idea for a photo booth here and knew we had to try and re-create it for the Race Car Birthday Party!

DIY Car Photo Booth | Vicky BaroneThe kids loved it and it made for great pictures! Using the pictures from this blog post as inspiration, we did our best to create our own free standing car photo booth. Here’s how we did it:

Materials: cardboard, an X-acto knife or scissors, red duct tape, black duct tape, two wooden dowels, a brad pin, and paper cut outs for the headlights and license plate.

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1. On a large piece of cardboard, trace the shape of a front-facing car with a large windshield. Cut this out with an Exacto knife or scissors.
2. On a smaller piece of cardboard or with your cardboard scraps, trace and cut out two slightly squared off ovals (these will be the wheels!) and a steering wheel.
3. Wrap the car in red duct tape and the wheels and steering wheel with black duct tape. Attach the wheels to the bottom of the car with more tape.
4. I made my own head lights and license plate, printed them out, and glued them to the car. You can recreate this on the computer or by cutting out two black circles and two slightly smaller white circles for the headlights and a rectangle with any combination of letters and numbers you’d like for the license plate!
5. Flip the car over and tape the wooden dowels to the back. We attached ours midway up the sides of the car to support the flimsy outline if the windshield.
6. We attached the steering wheel by punching a hole in the car and in the center of the steering wheel and inserting a plastic brad from a DIY Pinwheel kit (you can use any kind of brad pin or paper fastener). This helped the wheel spin, which made it extra fun! Then we added a piece of red duct tape to the front of the car to cover where the brad stuck out.
7. Using a stake or sharp object, make holes in the ground outside and insert the wooden dowels.

DIY Car Photo Booth | Vicky Barone

We had so much fun with the photo booth we might make another one some day!

Check out the rest of the Race Car Birthday Party here!

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Amy August 27, 2014 - 12:08 am

Where did you find a large piece of cardboard for this project? Looks great by the way!!!!

vickybarone August 27, 2014 - 8:40 am

Thanks, Amy!
The cardboard we used was from a box that held a ready-to-assemble bar stool. When we took it apart and unfolded it, it was the PERFECT size (you can see the fold right above the headlights). You can also use multiple pieces of cardboard taped together if you don’t come across a box big enough. The duct tape is incredibly sturdy and so are the dowels attached to the back. Together, they should make the photobooth strong and keep it together no matter how many pieces of cardboard you use!
Foam core or a tri-fold presentation board are also good options!
Hope this helps! Thanks so much for reading.

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DeDe March 25, 2015 - 8:24 pm

What were the dimensions of the car bottom to top of windshield and width

vickybarone March 31, 2015 - 9:41 am

Our car was about 3 feet tall and 3.5 feet wide!
Thanks for reading!

DeDe April 8, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Thanks! Getting ready to try to make one now:)

vickybarone April 10, 2015 - 9:03 am

That’s wonderful!! When you’re done, we would LOVE to see it!! If you’d like, you can tag @vicky_barone on Instagram or @Vicky Barone Designs on Facebook! Happy crafting!

Shelby April 30, 2015 - 1:30 pm

Where did you buy your wooden dowels? And how big were they? My almost 2 year old is a car fanatic and this will be perfect for his car themed birthday party 🙂

vickybarone May 1, 2015 - 8:08 am

Hi, Shelby! Thanks so much for reading!
We got our dowels from Joann’s, but you can get them at any craft store. Ours were the largest they carried, the 3/4 inch dowels painted red on the tops (you can find them here: http://www.joann.com/dowel-3-4in-red/1157890.html)
Happy Birthday to your little one!

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Pri August 13, 2015 - 10:52 am

Where did you find the template for license plate?

vickybarone August 14, 2015 - 10:32 am

Hi, Pri! Thanks for reading!
I designed the license plate myself using Illustrator. You could do the same using a similar program or even Microsoft Word by creating shapes and text boxes. I used google image search to see a North Carolina license plate for reference. You can do the same for your state!
Hope that helps!

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Nat June 21, 2016 - 7:16 pm

How many rolls of red and black duct tape dos you use? Hoping I can re-create this!!

vickybarone June 22, 2016 - 8:36 am

Hi, Nat! Thanks so much for reading!! If you are just covering the front of the car, you will only need one roll of red tape! But if you’d like to make it extra sturdy, you may need a second roll to cover the back. And just one roll of black tape will do!
If you re-create this, we would LOVE to see it! Tag @vicky_barone or use #vickybaroneblog on Instagram! Thanks so much and have fun!

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