I’ve always loved those classic giant moon photo backdrops. So we decided to make one ourselves. They are so classic and when you turn them black and white they look fantastic. Whether you are making it for a prom or a Starry Starry night party the materials used are very simple.
Possible Themes: Moons Over My Hammy, Outer Space, Starry Starry Night, I love you to the Moon and Back. We added white balloons on the ground to make it more “cloudy” and designed a gold and silver tablescape to make in feel shiny and celestial. See how to make it below!
Step 1: Paint a general moon shape onto the cardboard with gesso and let dry completely. Then, paint pale yellow.
Step 2: Sketch a large round shape on the cardboard with pencil. Draw in the inner arc of the moon, keeping the height of your bench in mind. The height should allow someone to “sit” on the moon with the bench hidden behind.
Step 3: Cut out the moon shape with an x-acto knife.
Step 4: Reinforce the moon by hot gluing additional cardboard to the back in areas where extra support is needed.
Step 5: For the cloud base, get a piece of cardboard that is wider than the width of the moon and paint it white. Let it dry.
Step 6: Draw a large cloud shape on the white cardboard in pencil. Lay the moon shape over the cloud. Trace along the inner arc of the moon, so that the height of that portion of the cloud beneath the moon is equal to that of the inner arc. Use an x-acto knife to cut out the cloud.
Step 7: Hot glue the moon to the cloud base, leaving three inches of cloud exposed at the bottommost point of the moon so that the moon looks like it is hovering.
Step 8: Apply long cardboard tabs to the back of the moon the width of your bench. Mount the moon and cloud structure against the bench and tape the tabs to the bench with gaffer’s tape.
Photography & Styling by Sarah Price Olsen
Crafting by Justine Pon