Handmade Holiday: The Best Photo Props & Tips For Toddlers















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 25
    Sugar & Spice?
    Browse 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 25
    Sew or Print Photo Props - Santa & Rudolph
    Scoop 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 25
    Fitzgerald in Lace (DIY Pattern)
    The 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 25
    Reindeer Antlers (DIY Pattern)
    Dasher 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 25
    Classic Black & White
    Dress your little gal up for the camera in this beautiful handmade fancy dress.
    $58 via Teeny Bunny
  • Father & Son Bow Tie Set 6 of 25
    Father & Son Bow Tie Set
    I'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 25
    Elf or Pixie Hat & Diaper Cover
    Uhm, 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 25
    Christmas GLITTER Photo Booth Stick Props
    A 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 25
    Pottery Barn Knock Off
    Whip 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 25
    Falalalala! (EASY DIY Photo Stick Props)
    I'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 25
    Retro 1960's Style Red Layla Dress
    Bib, 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 25
    Believe Banner
    Banners 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 25
    Girls Red Caplet - Red Ruffle Holiday Cape
    Do 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 25
    Chalkboard Backdrop
    I 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 25
    Upcycled Fur Vest
    Yes 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 25
    Classic MINI Silver & Gold Holiday Banner
    The 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 25
    Rudolph Reindeer Hat & Diaper Cover Set
    Perfectly 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 25
    Frosted Pane Skirt & Bolero (Sewing Pattern)
    This set NEEDS to happen for my little girl, I don't know about yours! Don't sew? Send it off to someone who 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 25
    Scandinavian Inspired Fabric Garland
    More bunting choices to make your life difficult.
    $22.99 via Melsey
  • Bowtie, Suspender & Newsboy Hat Set 20 of 25
    Bowtie, Suspender & Newsboy Hat Set
    I'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 25
    Santa & Reindeer Photobooth (Easy DIY)
    One last DIY photo stick prop option for you to decide on!
    Learn more over on Bump Smitten
  • Gunmetal Silk Swing Dress 22 of 25
    Gunmetal Silk Swing Dress
    These 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 25
    Hoilday Paper Garland
    Makes for a bright and merry backdrop!
    $8 via Caxton 38
  • Black & White Owl Cardigan 24 of 25
    Black & White Owl Cardigan
    This 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 25
    Brother & Sister Photo Prop
    This vintage inspired bonnet and newsboy cap with suspenders had me at hello. What about you?
    $44.99 via Couture parfait


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