Handmade Holiday: The Best Photo Props & Tips For ToddlersSelena Mills
It’s official. I’m planning out the Holidays. Menus, cookie recipes, the gifts I’m buying and the ones I’m making. The first thing on my list? Christmas cards and photo gifts for family. (Mostly, the grandparents). As any parent of a squirmy, wild little toddler knows, pulling off a successful photo shoot isn’t always the easiest. I’ve rounded up an adorable selection of handmade accessories to bedeck your little ones in. Along with some fun, handmade and DIY backdrops and stick props your kids and the whole family can fool around with in front of the camera!
Let them squiggle and make silly faces. Candid, non-overly-posed shots are always the best anyways and the end product? You’ll have a great selection of photos to choose from for Holiday cards if you get to this business now, and pictures to frame as gifts for later. You’ll thanks me for all of this advanced planning a few weeks down the road, when you’re up to your eyeballs in all of it…(this stuff is so dang cute, there’s no way you won’t be inspired to get creative in front of the camera this Holiday season!)
Sugar & Spice? 1 of 25Browse through a darling selection of felt clips, headbands and cotton bow-ties for your little boys and girls to get spruced up in. Ready for the camera, gatherings and parties!
These options and more, over on Ginger Pop Boutique
Sew or Print Photo Props – Santa & Rudolph 2 of 25Scoop up this free DIY and PDF printable, to either sew or simply print off! Guaranteed easy cuteness, automatic Christmas Card FTW.
Learn more over on Jessica Peck
Fitzgerald in Lace (DIY Pattern) 3 of 25The wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda is now known as a feminist icon. (Which back in the day was just dubbed crazy). The creator of this exquisite dress pattern is a huge fan and I'm a huge fan of how easy her brilliant designs are to whip up!
Find the pattern and detailed instructions over on Sewing in No Man's Land
Reindeer Antlers (DIY Pattern) 4 of 25Dasher and Dancer have some serious competition of cute going on here.
Easy pattern and instructions can be found on Sewing in No Man's Land
Classic Black & White 5 of 25Dress your little gal up for the camera in this beautiful handmade fancy dress.
$58 via Teeny Bunny
Father & Son Bow Tie Set 6 of 25I'm fully on board with matching your toddler. Especially in an understated, dapper way such as this.
$44 via Apple & Ivy
Elf or Pixie Hat & Diaper Cover 7 of 25Uhm, s'cuse me, but how cute is this?! Your toddler may never forgive you for it, especially if there's photographic evidence of it and all, but it'll be worth it.
$60 via Etsy
Christmas GLITTER Photo Booth Stick Props 8 of 25A full 20 pc. set for your little ones to experiment and fool around with in front of the camera. Use them all together as a family for a fun Holiday card!
$38 via Party Goodies
Pottery Barn Knock Off 9 of 25Whip up these dapper little p.j.'s for your toddler and make it the present they get to open before bedtime on Christmas Eve. I'm seriously thinking about making a pair for both Abby and Wyndham. Great for photos and for wearing all winter long.
Find the pattern and instructions over on Sewing in No Man's Land
Falalalala! (EASY DIY Photo Stick Props) 10 of 25I'll be making this ridiculous set, thank-you-very-much!
Learn more over on Wonder How To
Retro 1960’s Style Red Layla Dress 11 of 25Bib, ruffle, chiffon...need I say more? Comlpletely customizable in any size and/or colour you want!
$44 via Faith Works For You
Believe Banner 12 of 25Banners make a great back-drop for any photo-shot, inside or outside! If you have siblings like I do, think about letting them hold it up, stretching it out between them - against a simple white sheet backdrop and twinkle lights.
$22 via Green Jazz Face
Girls Red Caplet – Red Ruffle Holiday Cape 13 of 25Do you think I could get this my size? Probably. That's the beauty of ordering from Etsy.
$36 via Apple & Ivy
Chalkboard Backdrop 14 of 25I might actually feel a sharp stabbing pain in my chest if the mister isn't on board with this one. I know. I have issues.
As seen on Modern Parents, Messy Kids
Upcycled Fur Vest 15 of 25Yes it does come with the cream rosette brooch and yes it IS ridiculously adorable.
$23 via Vintage Baby Jane
Classic MINI Silver & Gold Holiday Banner 16 of 25The great thing about using bunting as a backdrop for photos is that you can re-use it for decor in trimming your home this year and many more to come!
$12 via Blue Moon Studios
Rudolph Reindeer Hat & Diaper Cover Set 17 of 25Perfectly cute for all those little toddler boys and girls who are still in diapers! Becasue yes, they are STILL your babies.
$39.99 via Warm, Fuzzy Boutique
Frosted Pane Skirt & Bolero (Sewing Pattern) 18 of 25This set NEEDS to happen for my little girl, I don't know about yours! Don't sew? Send it off to someone who does...like I am. (Even though I sew, I'd probably screw it up, my mom is only too happy to do it up! She actually squealed).
Find the skirt tutorial via Sewing in No Man's Land, here
Find the bolero pattern and instructions here!
Scandinavian Inspired Fabric Garland 19 of 25More bunting choices to make your life difficult.
$22.99 via Melsey
Bowtie, Suspender & Newsboy Hat Set 20 of 25I've already ordered a set for Wydham. Obviously. You can order a set in any size you need, available in varying tweed, houndstooth, pinstripe, corduroy and plaids.
$54 via Bravura Baby
Santa & Reindeer Photobooth (Easy DIY) 21 of 25One last DIY photo stick prop option for you to decide on!
Learn more over on Bump Smitten
Gunmetal Silk Swing Dress 22 of 25These pull-over swing dresses are my favourite as they outlast all the others as your little girl grows. Throw this on with a long sleeve onsie and some tights? Or pair it with a cardigan? My idea of the perfect Holiday Dress for any number of photo opps.
$44 via Heidi & Finn Studio
Hoilday Paper Garland 23 of 25Makes for a bright and merry backdrop!
$8 via Caxton 38
Black & White Owl Cardigan 24 of 25This would go quite nicely with the black and white dress a few slides back if you have siblings to outfit for pictures. Available in sizes 2T - 6T.
$36 via KLT Works
Brother & Sister Photo Prop 25 of 25This vintage inspired bonnet and newsboy cap with suspenders had me at hello. What about you?
$44.99 via Couture parfait
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