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DIY Photo Booth- Fun For All Ages!

Our recent party was the talk of the town. It wasn’t because of the holiday-themed cocktails (like the “Santa Claus-Mopolitan” – which is both delicious and hilarious) or the 6 different dips I made (ALL containing some sort of cheese – yum!). 

Everyone had a blast because last minute I decided to set up a DIY photo booth. When I say “last minute”, I literally mean that as people were walking in the door I thought of the idea and threw it together.

Tell me- who doesn’t love a photo booth? Let’s all agree that photo booths are:

  • Fun for adults AND children
  • Great ice breakers
  • Provide lasting memories (even if you can’t remember them! <wink>)
  • Super easy to set up

Let me help you also earn the “best party” nomination by walking you through the two easy steps to set up a “DIY Photo Booth” in your home!

Step One: Set up the “Booth”

The first step is to get the photo booth set up. Don’t be intimidated by the term photo booth, as it is not really a booth. Our “photo booth” was just a corner of my dining room.

The backdrop is an important part. We taped one of my old photography backdrop to the wall. You can purchase a photography backdrop of your choice, which is really fun! Check out these two or click on the links below to explore for yourself:

OR you can even tape up some fun wrapping paper if you don’t have a photography backdrop handy! You can also put out a cute sign to make it more authentic! 

Now, you need to set up the camera. You can easily do this with a cellphone, if you choose. You would just need to purchase a cellphone tripod. These usually range from $10-$30. This one is easy to use and has a remote for easy snapping!

I set up my camera on the below tri-pod. I made sure that the frame covered the photo booth area (not too close or crooked). Lastly, I set my camera to a timed setting, so that the picture would take 10 seconds after someone hit the button on my camera. My Nikon has this setting built in. I placed a hand written sign nearby telling everyone just to “press the button, and wait 10 seconds!”. Simple set up for a fun project!

Step Two: The Props

This is an even easier step! First, we searched the house for props. I didn’t realize until we did this how many strange and goofy things I had lying around my house!

We had a ton of wigs, Minnie/Mickey eyes, silly hats, pieces of Halloween costumes,- even a feather boa! We threw those in a box by the photo booth. Also, from prior parties we had some other fun props as you see below.

Here are some props you can purchase to really add a spark to your photo booth!

I love this set!


Now you are all set! It takes 5 minutes to set up a DIY photo booth and the fun is lasting! We didn’t have a Polaroid, so the next day I sent everyone their “photo booth” pictures and they got a kick out of it!

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Wednesday 5th of December 2018

Wow! It turned out so great! We don’t really have any free space in our home to make a photo booth wall, but I wish we did!


Tuesday 4th of December 2018

I love photo booths at every event! People think you have to pay for an expensive company to do them for you when it's easy to set up.

Jennifer - ParentSmarterNotHarder

Tuesday 4th of December 2018

Hi Renee! I love this idea! I've seen photo booths at weddings, but never thought to create one of my own at an event. Your post makes it seem so easy that I might even be tempted to try it out ;) My daughter's birthday is coming up and I think this might be a great way to have an extra "event" for the adults (and kids) to have a bit of fun. And I bet we even have props lying around the house. Do you have any other suggestions for places that have (cheap) props we could use?


Tuesday 4th of December 2018

Yes!! Check out or amazon-- and search photo booth props-- you can find some for under $5!


Monday 3rd of December 2018

HOW COOL! We are having a Christmas Party and now it will have a photo booth ! I love that you found things from around the house, making it not only fun but adorable!

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