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Chic Critique is thrilled to announce that Heidi Hope will be offering a Live Webinar this month on how to “Set” Yourself Apart.  Heidi Hope has set the bar for newborn and child photography and she will be sharing her tips with you on September 15th .   Today she is sharing how she made this super cute cardboard box airplane to use as a photography prop!


We love designing adorable props and custom sets for our special sessions at HHP!  One of my favorite props this spring was our cardboard box airplane.  We recycled our WHCC boxes into a perfectly playful prop in just a matter of minutes.  Today, I’m going to share with you how I did it!

cardboard box airplane tutorial supply list

1.  First, gather your supplies.  You’ll need large pieces of cardboard (measuring at least 24-36 inches on the long side), packing tape, a box cutter, writing utensil, and paint of your choice (I used acrylic).

dboard box airplane tutorial

2.  Next, construct the outer perimeter of your box.  To make your perimeter, you’ll need 2 longer rectangles and 2 shorter rectangles of cardboard.  They should all be the same height.  Tape them together at the seems using packing tape.

 dboard box airplane tutorial

3.  Draw a wing shape out of cardboard and cut out using a box cutter.  I used one wing to trace the other so that they would be the same shape.

dboard box airplane tutorial

4.  Score the base of the wing 1 inch from where you will attach it to the inner rectangle.  Bend the wing where you scored it and attach it to the side of the box using packing tape.

dboard box airplane tutorial

5.  Use a paper plate to trace two large circles.  Use a long strip of cardboard to form a ring and attach to one of the circles (as shown).  Tape the remaining circle on top to create a “sandwich”.

dboard box airplane tutorial

6.  Cut out and attach the propeller blades.  Again I used the first propeller shape to trace the second.  I went with a large teardrop shape.

dboard box airplane tutorial

7.  To make the tail, draw a large rectangle about 6″ taller then the overall height of your airplane.  Round the top edge.  Cut a slit 4-5″ from the top on the longer end.  Insert a large rectangle of cardboard to create a “T” shape.  Use packing tape to secure the tail pieces together and to the box.

dboard box airplane photo prop tutorial

8.  Make it pretty!  I used black and white acrylic paint to draw playful details on our plane.

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9. Find adorable babies to place inside :)

Now get crafting!  ~ Heidi

headshot-small-e1395249895723 Heidi Guerard (aka Heidi Hope) is internationally recognized for her colorful, soft and whimsical portrait photography. Heidi’s creative style of studio photography combined with her business and social media savvy helped the Heidi Hope Photography studio quickly grow to become one of the country’s most successful since beginning in 2009. Often referred to as a “baby whisperer”, Heidi’s most celebrated work is creating artistic portraits of babies from their first days of life through their first days of school. A former high school photography and art teacher, Heidi has maintained her passion for mentoring through online workshops and public speaking. Heidi has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education and currently teaches photography workshops out of her busy Rhode Island studio.

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Leslie Vega is a seasoned brand designer for photographers and wedding professionals. She founded Leslie Vega Design in 2008 and has been creating breathtaking brands for clients across the globe ever since. From logos to stationery and beautiful web presences, her passion exudes in her work and in her client experience. View her work at www.leslievegadesign.com
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