A fairly easy project that takes a little bit of time to make, but fun to play with friends. Ideal summer BBQ game or an activity for an outdoor wedding.
I used a cedar 4″ x 4″ x 8’ post cut into cubes. The sides are sanded, holes are bored into the wood with a spade or forstner bit, black paint is applied into the holes and then finishing touches are added with many coast of polyurethane.
The plan was to repair and update an 8-piece Croquet Set. The set was too be rented for wedding the next day. It was to be one of the many lawn activities for the outdoor reception.
When the project first started a few weeks earlier, I thought there was only one handle to be repaired. The bottom part where the wooden thread was snapped off. Materials were sourced and the plan was to fix a few days before the event.
After closer inspection of the entire contents of the Croquet Set, in the box, noticed that three other handles totally missing. Hmm, didn’t factor in extra time and materials for the fabrication of the thread system. Kind of kicked myself for not being more observant.
Had to shift to Plan B. Plan B was to pick up a wooden broom handle from the hardware store, cut it to size, remove the sticker, sand, paint the colour group and seal with urethane. Simple enough, but I only had 3-hours to complete the project.
What is Croquet? According to croquetamerica.com website, “The game of croquet (pronounced “crow-KAY”) is a tradition of backyard recreation in America, as well as a sport that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.“
This project evolved from a request from a subscriber. A person comment they liked the Chalkboard Sidewalk Sign YouTube video, but also asked about how to make a chalkboard photo booth.
A photo booth will be a hoot at a wedding, birthday or special event. The party goers can stand in front and have their pictures taken with props or just smile for the camera. If the actual backdrop was made from chalkboard material, the host can write thoughtful quotes and praise.
Hint: If you want to spread the word on social media, at the bottom of the photo booth, write down the Twitter hashtag for the wedding. For example, #ryanjennwedding2015 or #smithbirthday2015. Go to this link to create a Hashtag for your event.
I mentioned the project to my spouse and she suggested we make it for a family friends wedding in a few weeks. Great!
The photo booth had to be big enough to “frame” two people standing. The wings can be adjusted to the venue (or hide something).
The chalkboard photo booth consists of 3 panels, a wooden frame and door hinges. The frame was made from Western Red Cedar. Keep in mind to use a lightweight wood like a softwood (Pine, Cedar, Fir, Larch, etc) for the framing material. It has to be easy to set up or transport from the venue.
On the front, the frame corners were cut at 45 degrees for a classic look. On the backside, a standard 1″ x 4″ were used for structure. The chalkboard panels were sandwiched between the front and back frames. Make sure to use a good wood glue on the chalkboard panel and frame. Immediately after the glue was applied use a brad nailer with short, 1″ brads. If you don’t have access to brad nailer, wood screws can be used instead. Just screw from the back to the front. This way, the ugly screw heads will not be seen.
The panels are the same dimensions as the front door on a home. The panels are 36.5″ wide by 80″ tall. Tall enough for most people to fit under and the panels don’t hit the ceiling. Each panel was connected together with door hinges with removable pins. If the panel needs to taken down, the pins in the hinge can be popped out with a nail (or car keys). As an afterthought, I should have put a hinge on one side of the photo booth and the other on the back. Then the unit could fold up like a “Z”.
Two thin coats of Varathane interior polyurethane was applied to the frame to keep the wood fresh and protect the wood from any chalk dust.
Depending the condition of the door hinges and your budget, I suggest a spray on metallic finish by Rust-oleum. It will add a vintage look to the project.
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The following video will show a beginner how to make a sidewalk chalkboard sign.
A sidewalk or sandwich board is a type of advertisement composed of two boards that lean inwards at the top (like a letter A) Very portable and can be carried by one person. These nifty signs are used to advertise products for coffee shops, bars and at special events like a wedding or golf tournament. The information would be written with chalk.
This was a project that was made for my spouses wedding business. She would rent them out to clients. it’s a clever way to indicate where the dance floor, reception room or to congratulate the newly married couple. The cost of the overall project could not exceed the rental fee for the one sidewalk chalkboard signs. The plan was to keep the budget around $50.00 for each sign.
Music credit: Get Back