Retro 4th of July Photo’s

What’s fun about having kids is you get to play dress up! And us mommies will take advantage of any occasion to throw together some cute photo props to create fun photos! We wanted a retro look inspired by Coca-Cola and the 1950’s for this photo shoot. First I had a lemonade stand that my husband had made for my daughters Vintage Carnival Party and I have used this stand over and over for many events! Plus my husband made it out of an old wood fence so it was free! But fence wood is not costly. I found the made in America sign at Hobby Lobby for $4.96!

This booth would be cute for a 4th of July Party or a retro party. I found the pinwheels a few years ago at Party City. I used poster command tape to stick my pinwheels to the wood. The pom poms and Coca Cola sign were found at Hobby Lobby. I found my Coca Cola crate at a flea market, but you can find them on craigslist. I found myRetro slushy Machine on Amazon. The money is worth it if you have children, during the summer it stays out!  I borrowed my Retro popcorn machine but here is one from Amazon Retro Popcorn Machine
We let the girls have fun, pretending to be a waitresses. Below we had fun with these pom poms. First we had them hanging from fishing line from a tree and then we used on the photo stand. I made an American flag crate My DIY tutorial here that was a perfect fit for toddlers to sit on and the older girls could lean over.
Crate was perfect size for this cutie!
Second photo look for our stand.
I found these Retro Popcorn Boxes on Amazon also for my daughters carnival, I used them as a cupcakes stand and saved them so I can use them for another event.
Mason Jar Drinks tied with some red and white twine and flag pinwheel straws from Target
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American Flag Crate DIY

Create your own American flag crate!
 I bought my crate at Wal-Mart for little over $9.00 you might be able to purchase it cheaper at AC Moore or Joann’s with a coupon. This was my first time painting this with all three different colors. I suggest first spray painting your crate red. When spray painting you can get all the little cracks and creases in the crate and will save you tons of time!! If you think you can tape the wood off so the spray paint doesn’t get on it, good luck getting that tape on in between the gaps, trust me its not worth your time. Paint your white stripes (it might take a few times) and let dry. I did my blue paint last so I could try and get a straight line. I strongly suggest finding a star stencil. I made mine last minute so I had to freehand my stars and the first time they came out horrible! I had to cover with paint and this time I printed out a star image from Google and traced it with pencil on my crate and then painted my stars with a thin brush. That time they came out a lot better but would look better with a stencil! If you like more of the “primitive look” you can get cream paint instead of white and a darker red paint. When fully dried – take a piece of sandpaper and a lightly sand your crate to the look you like.
               1 red spray paint
               Blue and white paint
               Star stencil
This crate doesn’t just have to be used for photos you can use your crate as a stand for food or anything at a party. You can also use it as a decoration in your house! I painted it so the girls could sit on it, but you can do it the other way and use take photos with a baby sitting in the crate. Or with decorations inside for décor for your house.