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Chalkboard Speech Bubble Party Idea & Activity

Photo booths have been around for ages, but they seem to be especially popular lately. It's easy to see why - they’re such a fun way to get everyone involved at a party or wedding. Practically, it’s also a great way to have a photo document of your whole guest list for memories. 

If you’re incorporating a photo booth into your event, you should consider making some chalkboard speech bubble props! Guests can get creative & write fun messages for whatever the occasion – well wishes for the bride & groom, advice for the mom-to-be, or birthday wishes for the birthday boy!

If you own a jigsaw, you can create this prop yourself with inexpensive materials. 

  • Thin piece of smooth plywood
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Scrap wooden board
  • Wood glue
  • Chalk

Step 1: On a thin piece of smooth plywood, sketch out the shape of a speech bubble. Use a ruler to create straight edges for the sides, then add rounded corners.

Step 2: Using a jigsaw, carefully cut out the speech bubble shapes out of the plywood.

Step 3: Sand the edges to remove any splinters and create a smooth, rounded edge on all sides. Wipe down the boards to remove any dust.

Step 4: Prime the plywood cut-outs. I used spray primer, but you could also apply standard primer with a roller.

Step 5: Apply a few thin coats of chalkboard paint. I covered both sides with a spray paint version, but you can also buy chalkboard paint in a quart.

Step 6: Once dry, use wood glue to attach a scrap piece of wood to the back of the speech bubbles. This will make it much easier to pose with in your photo booth.

Step 7: Set out some chalk for your party guests, and watch them get chatty in your photo booth!

Give your photos a great background with a DIY Fish Scale Backdrop, and encourage your guests to get silly with customized Printable Photo Booth Props!

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