A few weeks ago, I was talking to Molly (at Molly Long Photography) about photography props and how expensive they could be, and she mentioned that she really wanted a wooden moon with a place to put a newborn. This got my wheels turning, and I saw an opportunity to play with power tools and use up some scrap wood!
This is KIND OF a tutorial. But not super thorough… because I’m sure there aren’t a ton of you that have been dying to make a big wooden moon. But maybe it’ll get your creative wheels turning for something completely different! WHO KNOWS!
After doing some figuring, I decided the moon should be about a 3’ diameter circle, so I used an old vinyl tablecloth and cut the circle out to use as a template. Since I’ll need to cut two moons for the front and back side (technically it’s totally reversible!), I wanted to make sure I used a template so both moons would be identical in shape and size.
Then I cut a scrap strip of wood to 12”, screwed in a drywall screw just far enough that the point of the screw was sticking through the other side. The point of the screw helps me keep one side of the stick in place while I slide the other side in a circle motion and trace to make another smaller circle. Then I cut it out and have my moon template!
I grabbed a ton of pieces of scrap wood from our scrap pile… all different widths and thicknesses. I laid them out over my template. Then I traced out the moon shape onto the boards, and cut them one at a time with the scroll saw (you could also use a band saw or jigsaw for this). You can see in the pic below, I’ve got several of the boards cut to the shape already.
What’s that? You’re wondering where baby Cypress is while I’m doing this? Allow me to pan out a bit.
All together now… awwwwwww.
So once I had all these individual planks cut to the shape of the moon, I routed the edges of each board to be rounded and smooth.
Then I cut a piece of cheap 1/4” plywood into the shape of a slightly smaller moon, and glued/nailed each plank onto it one at a time from the back side with my AirStrike. I don’t have a pic of this step, but it’s pretty self-explanatory.
For the second moon that will go on the back (which isn’t really the back since it’s reversible), I decided to just use a piece of plywood with a 3/4” thickness. I simply laid my template over the plywood, traced with a pencil, and cut with a jigsaw!
Since this photography prop is reversible, I asked Molly what colors she would like either side painted… and she said pale yellow for one, and pale blue for the other. DONE! I painted them before I went any further, because I wouldn’t want overspray with it being two different colors.
Then I started building a little perch where the baby would lay. I cut two boards to act as rails for the other boards to rest on. Does this make sense?
As you can see above, I cut 2” strips of wood so that this little perch could go with the same shape of the moon.
Then I just added a few braces (maybe 4 or 5) inside using pocket holes to make the whole thing sturdy and stable… and this sucker’s done!
I forgot to take a pic of the yellow side, but luckily Molly had my back. Would you look at this adorable tiny newborn? I’m confident Cypress was NEVER that small.
I’m not gonna lie… there’s a part of me that wants to snuggle up on that fluffy moon and fall asleep myself.
Which reminds me… have you seen those moon shaped toddler beds? Hold on, let me google…
So similar right?! You could use the same concept from this prop tutorial to build something like this for your tot, and just used the crib mattress / dimensions!
Anywho… hope you’re feeling inspired and creative, and go build/make something awesome this weekend!