Friday, August 31, 2012

DIY Photo Booth

My daughters wanted to have a photo booth at their 11th birthday party!  This fun trend is great for weddings, parties, and other special events.  You can rent photo booths and back drops and all kinds of fancy props, but hundreds of dollars for this was not in the party budget, so I decided to make my own photo booth!

Here's a quick recap of the photo booth experience I created.

First, you'll need some props.  I chose props with a nautical and swimming theme for their pool party.  A simple google search revealed oodles of templates and images.  Print the images you like on heavy card stock and carefully cut them.  The mustaches were tricky to cut because they were so detailed and small!  I used a hot glue gun to attach the paper props to long craft sticks.

A piece of styrofoam covered with tissue paper in a beach bucket held the props in place.


Although I brought a piece of rich blue colored fabric to use as a backdrop, it was tricky to hang against the cinder block walls of the party room.  Lilly Pulitzer lanterns hung at different levels and added a "scene" to the photo booth!  A Photo Booth sign invites people to join the fun!


Once the party guests finished swimming, they joined the fun in the party room!  Everyone loved the photo booth and wanted to pose for the camera.  My sweet friend and I couldn't resist having our picture taken!


I made photo strips for guests using my new favorite program, ipiccy.com.  You can add special effects to each picture and then create a collage of 2, 3, or 4 pictures.  Save the images individually and place the jpeg images of the photos side by side.  You can fit 3 photo strips like this one on an 8 x 10 picture.  Then it's easy to print at home or using a quick printing service.


Photo booths are a simple way to add a lot of fun to your next party!  


1 comment:

  1. The photobooth and props came out great, and I love the photo strips app. I will have to try this at my next party!

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