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DIY: “Lighted Hearts” Photo Booth Prop

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Here’s a fun little lighthearted DIY project that I’ve been meaning to share for a while… these are large styrofoam hearts that I decorated to resemble “Las Vegas lights signage“. Pretty simple idea, but they added SUCH a fun element to our milestone Anniversary Party last year! {And to the photo memories after!} We did a Wedding Hangover cocktail party in Las Vegas inspired by the movie, so these were the perfect kind of prop for this particular party, but they’d also be a great addition to engagement parties or couples wedding showers with a “Old Hollywood Glam” or general “Vegas-inspired” theme.

The hearts were surprisingly easy to make thanks to those little glass ball ornaments that come with the wire already attached to them. All I did was cover the heart with red velvet ribbon, then poked the wire that was attached to each of the ball ornaments through the ribbon and into the styrofoam. So easy!

The ornaments actually felt pretty secure at this point originally, but I didn’t anticipate the level of “abuse” the hearts would take once they started getting passed around at the party for hours! So… here’s a helpful note for future prop hearts: adding a little dab of hot glue to each one for extra security is a fabulous idea! Fortunately, since we were going with a tongue-in-cheek “Hangover” theme anyways… the fact that the hearts started to look “hungover” after a while actually felt quite fitting! Silver lining. =)

P.S. The best pricing I’ve found online for large styrofoam pieces is at H&M Floral Supply.

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

9 responses to “DIY: “Lighted Hearts” Photo Booth Prop”

  1. HiLLjO says:

    How sweet! Punkrockromance-licious. And easy!

  2. Diana says:

    So simple – I’ll have to do this for the photobooth at my wedding!

  3. girlywedding says:

    Love these! So fun! These hearts should be at every wedding!

  4. Suzanne says:

    You know I loved these – hung over hearts and all! :)

  5. wanrong says:

    Thanks so much for the sharing! I love this idea!
    could you share which size styrofoam heart did you purchase?

    Many thanks in advance!

  6. Ashley says:

    Hi! Just wondering where you got your styrofoam hearts and approx how big they are. I am having a hard time finding them but that may just be because it isn’t February yet. Thanks!

  7. Jodi Dastur says:

    Where do you get those little glass ball ornaments?

    • jenn s. says:

      I bought them at a local store in San Diego called Shinoda Design Center, but you can find them at online Christmas supply stores throughout the year (and some online craft stores) – or in-store at Michaels during the Christmas season. I’d suggest checking out http://www.christmascentral.com/ or Amazon :)