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{DIY} How to Make a Boy-Themed Photo Backdrop

Wanessa from WCC Designs is back with this boy-themed photo backdrop DIY. Take a look at how cool it is!

The idea behind these photo backdrops was to bring some element of skate parks to my big boy's skateboard party. The inspiration was the wired fences you see at skate parks, and I used it to hang pictures of his past birthdays. This photo backdrops got lots of attention at the party!

Here you can see how they looked in the top photo behind the dessert table...

And here's a closeup...


  • Foam board
  • Gutter guard I bought at Lowe's for $3.72 (Amerimax 20" roll vinyl)
  • Spray paint
  • Fishing line
  • Needle
  • Spray adhesive
  • Brown paper
  • Clothespins
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Picture hanger
  1. Spray paint the foam board. Make sure to apply two coats.
  2. With the foam board completely dry, start shaping the gutter guard onto the foam in zig zag waves. Secure the gutter guard by making stitches through the foam board with the fishing line and a needle.  Make a double knot on the back of the foam board and cut the line.
  3. When done shaping the gutter guard, cut off what is left, probably half of the roll
  4.  Spray adhesive the back of the foam board. Stick the brown paper on it, then trim around. This will cover the fishing line knots.

  5.  Place the picture hanger on the back side of the foam and you're done!

6.  Use mini clothespins to attach the pictures to the backdrop

Thanks Wanessa. What a great way to add some skate park ambiance to your party!

To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

Our Snowflake Design Challenge and My Top 12 Favorite Items

I am thrilled with how our Snowflake Design Challenge turned out! If you haven't seen all 181 items, please take a look.

I feel honored that I get to show off the work of such creative people. I really do love my job and that is one of the main reasons.

Thank you to everyone who participated. I hope you get a lot of exposure for the beautiful items you've made.

And now, without further adieu, here are my top 12 favorite snowflake items, in no particular order (there were so many I loved, my husband had to play tie breaker on a few and I still had to pick 12 instead of 10)...

Glittered Snowflake Birthday Party Hat by Prop Shop Boutique


 Baby It's Cold Outside Holiday Party Invitation by loralangdesigns


Twinkling Snowflakes Holiday Card by Blush Printables


Snowflake Chocolate Lollipops by Frosted Petticoat


 Pet Photo Booth Holiday Card by Paper Heart Company


 Snowflake Cookies by Lori's Place


 Joy to the World Vintage Gift Tags by SongbirdGreetings


Holiday Eat, Drink, Be Merry Printable Collection  by TypeWink ;)

snowflake-printables-setFrosted Fairy Mini Top Hat Headband by Cutie Patootie Designz


Girls Applique Winter Wonderland Snowflake Tee by Modern Frills


Winter Fun Cupcake Toppers by Party NV


Vintage Winter Wonderland Printables from Squared Party Printables


Thanks again to all of you talented people who added your items. I'm planning to do another design challenge for Valentine's Day. I hope you'll join then too.

And tomorrow, I will be doing a random drawing where one of you will win an HP Officejet 7500A Printer! Good luck!

PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK (and How to take Great Shots)

There are some beautiful, touching, funny photos on our site, so I'm starting a new feature where I highlight my favorite party photo of the week.

This week, that honor goes to this photo from

Joanne W's Tate's Bug Bash.

I love Tate's expression juxtaposed with the festive party table.  Brilliant!


As I've been thinking about photography (and trying to become a better photographer myself), I checked into what some of the experts had to say about how to take great shots.  Here are some tips for all you photographers out there:

Tip 1:  Get down to your subject's level, especially if you're shooting kids.

Tip 2: Pick a plain background for your subject to makes it pop.  (And make sure there are no trees sticking out their heads.)

Tip 3: Move in close and fill your picture with your subject.

Tip 4: Even outdoors, use your flash.  On bright days it will fill in shadows, and on cloudy days it will brighten things up.

Tip 5: Know your flash's range (for many cameras it's about 10 feet).  This way you don't end up with dark pictures.

Tip 6: Turn your camera sideways and take some vertical shots.

Tip 7: Place your subject off-center.  Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid and place your subject at one of the intersections of lines.

Tip 8:  Lock the focus on your camera to take pictures of off-center subjects.  That way your subjects won't be blurry.

Tip 9: Watch the light.  For pictures of people, cloudy days are the best.  On sunny days, pay attention to shadows.

Tip 10:  If you're taking a group shot, aim the center of the camera at someone's chest. That way, the heads appear in the upper third of the photo, and you've filled the photo with people rather than background.

Tip 11: Be a director and get creative.  Add props, use different angles, take a ton of different shots (to increase your chance of getting that one "great" photo), and have fun!

I hope these are helpful.  I'm going to start using them and I'll report back.

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