Wedding, birthday and party season is in full swing, which means everyone’s looking to make their party as Pinterest-perfect as possible. Along with little chalkboard signs, mason jars, glitter votives and irresistible finger foods, the DIY photo booth is becoming a party necessity.
Professional photo booths can run thousands of dollars for just a few hours rental. If you’re on a tight wedding budget or you’re having a smaller celebration, consider a DIY photo booth and let your guests capture their own magic. With a white sheet, tripod, digital camera (or smartphone) with a timer and some hilarious homemade or inexpensive props, you can create a fast and easy way for guests to be silly without spending a fortune.
There are plenty of DIY options for photo booth backdrops, from a frame made from PVC pipes for a larger format to a simple white sheet pinned to a wall. Either way, make sure the sheet is clean and secure — the last thing you want is a backdrop that steals the focus from your photos. Another option is to use a roll of white butcher paper, found in most craft or education supply stores. Guests can write messages and create little vignettes and then roll out a new sheet for the next round of photos.
For props, look no further than the internet for DIY options. Funny hats, wands and masks — ideas from all over the silly spectrum — can be found on Pinterest. Make birthday hats from plastic cups and pompoms, and funny masks crafted from nothing more than a paper plate and glitter. If you have kids, put their creative minds to work and give them some blank hats and masks and tell them to get as expressive as they can. They’ll love seeing their creations play such an important role in the celebrations. Props such as giant sunglasses and feather boas can often be found in the bargain bins and clearance sections of holiday stores and thrift stores.
Creating a DIY photo booth is fast, easy and cost-effective. During a time when everything else seems to be costing an arm and a leg, including summer vacations, back-to-school clothes and supplies, tuition and textbooks, hosting a wedding or important party can seem like a strain. By using some of these DIY options, both you and your wallet can breathe a little bit easier.