Have you ever taken a photo and thought to yourself, ”I wish I could print this out lifesize”? That’s exactly what I thought when my husband took an amazing shot of the sea last week. Well, I suppose my thought does have something to do with the fact that I’m currently decorating my bedroom and I’d been looking for some wallpaper for the feature wall.Having failed to find any wallpaper patterns or prints that I liked enough (that wouldn’t spoil the tranquil feeling of my all-white room) I was starting to think that our feature wall might just get a coat of white paint and be left bare.But when I was flicking through my photographer husband’s snaps from our Valentine’s Day walk on the beach, I came across dozens of images that would be ideal for a feature wall. Okay, I’d used a poster to cover my small bathroom wall with a seascape photo in the past, but how on earth can I possibly print out a photo that’s 2.8 x 2.5 metres in size? Continue reading “How to turn your photo into a giant feature wall mural” »
It is becoming increasingly popular at parties and events to have a photo booth, where guests can have their picture taken. These photo booths are an excellent way to let people take pictures of themselves as the evening progresses, and you can even incorporate a theme into your photo booth as well.There are many different events which would be suitable to have a photo booth to take pictures of the guests, such as;
- Anniversaries (A created a DIY photo wall for my 10th wedding anniversary party)
- Engagement Parties
- Retirement Parties
Even corporate events are using photo booths to help delegates break the ice and I’ve enjoyed taking some snaps with my blogging pals in the Blogstock and Company Blog Awards booths (below). Whatever type of event it is that you are planning you may find that a photo booth could be just the right thing to let everyone have some creative fun.
I’ve been talking about doing a bathroom makeover for a while now, and I’ve been very keen to include a tromploi-esque photowall in my design, but this week I have actually gone ahead and DONE IT! Yes, I have pasted my bathroom wall with a massive fly-poster of a photo that my husband took at the seaside earlier this summer. And it looks amazing!
After a lot of help from the design team at StressFreePrint – who got the measurements and dimensions of the image exactly right so that two horizontal posters could be joined to make one massive image – I received my poster by special delivery and set to work putting it up. It was definitely a two-person job, so my husband and I got out the wallpaper paste (we used an ultra-strong solvite paste which was around £2) and decided to paste the wall first, before pasting the back of the poster. Because my image was printed on fly-poster paper, it’s intended job is for pasting up advertisements (imagine a huge billboard and you’ve got it) so it was easy to paste and when we pressed it onto the wall, the paper was easy to smooth out, didn’t wrinkle and, in fact, had less trouble with bubbles than any other wallpaper that I’ve ever used!
We decided to overlap the poster at the join and there was a worrying moment while it was wet, because the paper was slightly see-through and I could easily see the image on the poster behind, leaving a darker blue stripe across the middle of the image. Thankfully, when the paste dried, the stripe disappeared and join couldn’t be seen at all, phew! We left it a couple of days to fully dry out before varnishing the poster with a layer of clear satin yacht varnish in order to make the photowall waterproof so that it would be suitable for use in a bathroom. This step probably wouldn’t be necessary if you were using a photowall in a living room, bedroom or office, but for moisture-prone rooms such as the bathroom or kitchen, I thought this was a good precaution. Now that I’ve got finally my photowall up, I definitely want to keep it looking nice for as long as possible.
Now I am simply head-over-heels for my photowall and I can’t get enough of being in my bathroom – baths take twice as long, and I am still surprised every time I go into the bathroom that the sea-view is there! I was worried that adding an image to the wall might make the small bathroom feel even smaller, but the opposite has happened. The room feels larger now, as you eye is drawn to the pier in the distance of the photograph, which gives the impression of added depth to the room.
Another feature of our anniversary party was the photo wall. We had a doorway that we needed to cover to stop guests going into the room, so we decided that we would cover it with a sheet of fabric and use it as a backdrop for a photo-booth style photo-wall. So I stitched a wide hem into the top and bottom of the fabric (like the tube that would encase dowling on a roman blind!) and inserted a garden cane in each hem. This meant that I had somewhere to hang the fabric from at the top, and the bottom cane kept the fabric neat and taut. I used a striped canvas fabric from Wholeport for this photo-wall backdrop and set up a tripod with a digital camera programmed onto self-timer.
My husband and I then had an enjoyable shopping trip at a carboot sale to buy fancy dress accessories and hats for our guests to use as props for their photos. We set a limit of no more than 50p per item and I especially enjoyed buying two massive sombrero hats for 50p each! We already had a few wigs at home to add to the feather boas, bunny ears and police helmets that we bought so we stored them all in a big hamper for our guests to choose from while taking their photos. When I told my mum why we were buying these silly odds and ends, she insisted that I borrow her Tina Turner wig and chicken hat – both of which went missing at the end of the party – be warned, you WILL probably lose some of your fancy dress items!! So now I’m on a search for a replacement chicken hat and wig to give back to my mum. But as far as the party goes, the photo wall was a great success – we got photos of most of our guests in silly outfits and many of our friends (including my husband) carried on wearing the fancy dress wigs and accessories while dancing the night away!