Setting up an impromptu, at home photo booth doesn’t have to be an expensive or difficult task. Odds are, if you have kids, you probably have a lot of photo booth props handy already.
No need to go out on a special shopping trip. Use what you have and get ready to get instagram famous!
DIY photo booths are great fun for parties, holiday cards or just for goofing around with family on a rainy day.
You’ll need to define a photo booth “area” and set up a camera on a tripod for your photobooth. You can use any type of camera, but if you want the most flexibility, a camera (or cell phone) with a remote device is handy for taking selfies and group shots without a designated photo booth photographer/operator. Plus, with the ease of a mobile printer you can send your pictures to print instantly from any mobile device!
Ready to get started? Here’s a handy list of items that you can steal from your children to assemble a fun at home photobooth today!
1. Dress Up Clothes
You may be too big to steal their Disney Princess costume but their accessories are up for grabs. Grab beads, feather boas, masks, capes, pirate gear, swords, funny hats and fab glasses. Assemble these accessories on a table next to your photobooth and provide a mirror so that guests can see how their ensemble looks prior to stepping into the photo area.
2. Chalkboards/Art Easels
Steal their slate to give your photos a caption, and to narrate your story. Have chalk and an eraser, or paper and markers handy if you want to give your subjects the opportunity to do their own write up.
3. Puppet Theater
Frame yourself with a portable puppet theater. Puppet theaters that set up on tension rods and tabletops are especially useful.
Light up your story by re-enacting scenes from classic tales, or having guests take a photo with the book that says the most about them.
5. Colorful Balls & Balloons
Create some drama with action shots, via a game of catch or a juggling session. Just don’t throw anything at the camera!
6. Stickers, Facepaint, Art Supplies
Get into character before you take the winning shot. Stickers are a fun way to add silly levity to your shot.
7. Vivid sheets or blankets
Looking for a colorful backdrop? Steal one off your kid’s bed. Try draping over a clothes rack or tension rod, or hang it up outdoors on a clothesline.
8. Tiny toys
Sure, you look ridiculous trying to ride a toddler’s bike, but isn’t that often the point of a good photo booth prop? Rocking horses are pretty funny and pair perfectly with cowboy hats.
You’re going to need a weapon to hold when you attempt that Charlie’s Angels pose.
10. Remote Controls & Game Controllers
Use these props to take funny photos, showing the world who’s really in control!