I recently put my hand up to run a photo booth at a fabulous fundraising event. I got so excited at the thought of doing this photo booth, I forgot that I had never ever seen a photo booth, let alone make one!
True to my usual style, I planned and planned in my head for weeks before the event, but I whipped the props up the day before. I just work best under pressure. I found printable props online here (gotta love google) and then visited Spotlight for the materials. I spent under $70 on the backdrop for the booth plus all props. Obviously you can get super creative, the booth can be as fabulous as you want it to be. I considered hanging gorgeous vintage fabric as the backdrop but I had cement wall to deal with, so I wasn’t sure a temporary fixture would stay up. Tissue paper however, easy as.
What you need
For the background:
Patterned masking tape
Sticky tape or bluetack to fasten the tissue paper to the wall
For the props:
Coloured card stock. Or you can print on white card and colour the props in yourself.
Free printable prop stencils from here
Scissors or an x-acto knife
Wooden dowel rods – or you can use bamboo sticks or even straws. I thought of using cute little retro straws but didn’t know if they’d last multiple handlings.
Light weight photo frames. I came across one in Spotlight that had cracked glass, so received a 40% discount.
Chalk board and chalk
Additional props such as quirky glasses, a tiara or hat. Cheap and available in the party aisle of craft store.
For the backdrop I used 2 packets of tissue paper, 6 sheets in total. I ran the sheets vertically, fastening them to the wall with good old sticky tape. I then ran masking tape along the joins, and hung 2 rows of bunting across. Ta-daaa!
For the props I printed the prop stencils as found here. I glued the cut out props onto card stock, then glued a dowel stick to the side. Done. I made 16 props and it took me about an hour. You could get really creative and colour them in yourself. You can also buy glittery and patterned card stock to make it more interesting.
Tissue paper x 2 packets: $4 from Spotlight
Patterned masking tape x 2 rolls: $4 from Spotlight
Bunting: make yourself with old fabric or steal from a creative friend (that’s what I did, thank you Amy of Kookery)
Card stock: $1.30 per sheet or $3 for glittered card stock from Spotlight
Craft glue: $4 from Spotlight
Wooden dowel rods x 2 packets of 10: $10 from Spotlight
Lightweight photo frame: $14 from Spotlight
Chalk board and chalk: $12.90 from Typo
Quirky glasses or hats: $6 each from Spotlight
The thing about a photo booth is it’s the perfect place to ham it up. Young and old dived into the booth, I had a fantastic time behind the camera giggling at the goings on in the booth. When I got home I scrolled through the photos and smiled at the frivolity and fun that was had. The props need only be as limited as your imagination, you can create whatever you like. I already have new ideas for my next one!
And here we have Isabella of Blooms on 18 attempting to use as many props as possible. Brilliant! By the way that necklace and little posie ring Isabella is wearing are her own creations. Isn’t she clever!