How to set up an easy DIY photo booth


Photo booths are such a fun party activity for both kids and adults, and it’s really not hard to create a really great-looking setup! Here are some tips for a fun and pretty photo booth by party planner Ali of Alexandra Schweitzer Events:

• For a backdrop, hang up colorful fabric – you can even use curtains or a blanket (the backdrop in these photos is a picnic blanket from Target!)

• Provide a few chairs for people to sit on. You can find inexpensive, colorful chairs at Ikea, or you can grab ones you already have on-hand (Ali used Pottery Barn chairs from her kids’ playroom).

• For the photo frame, Ali found a large piece of art at Goodwill for just $5. She popped the art out, re-donated it right back to Goodwill, and took the frame home to spray paint it. She used stencils to create the swirls.

• Tying up a couple of balloons in the photo booth area is a fun touch!

• Just outside of the view of the camera, set up a bucket of fun photo props. Ali hit the dollar aisle at Target and bought fun hats and headbands and raided her kids’ playroom for feather boas and other odds and ends. Anything fun and silly will do!

• You can use any camera to take the shots, but to keep things easy, consider using a tripod. That way all of your pictures will come out no matter who’s behind the camera!

How fun is that! Ali said that all of her party guests loved the photo booth, especially the kids! And, the photos doubled as a party favor – she did quick print-outs and sent one photo home with each guest. The rest of the pictures were sent out via email after the party.

Ali of Alexandra Schweitzer Events is a party planner in the Oconomowoc, Wisconsin area.

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  1. 1
    Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 12:15 am
    Karen Mallin says:
    So cute!!!!
  2. 2
    Sunday, July 31st, 2011 at 3:50 pm
    Bride and Joy says:
    This is a fab project - just have one question though. I'm going to do a DIY photobooth for my wedding but I haven't figured out how I'm going to light the thing... any thoughts? Thanks! 
    • 2.1
      Sunday, July 31st, 2011 at 7:57 pm
      Heather - Chickabug says:
      This particular photo booth was set up outdoors, so it's natural lighting. I'm not much of a photographer (I rely on the kindness of the pros to take party pictures for me) but I would think that setting up some lights on the left and right sides of the camera would work - kind of like getting your picture taken for yearbook photos, back in the day. ; )
  3. 3
    Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at 9:03 pm
    Christina DeJesus says:
    lov lov this idea for a party !!!!!!
  4. 4
    Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at 3:59 am
    Lacey says:
    How did you hang up your fabric???
    • 4.1
      Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at 9:47 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Lacey! This was an outdoor photo booth, so Ali just taped the fabric to an outside wall of her house. Super easy!
  5. 5
    Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 3:34 pm
    Shannon says:
    I was curious how you printed the photos, just on your printer in the house? I want to do for my daughter's birthday but am wondering if I should bite the bullet and buy a photo printer.

    Thanks!
    • 5.1
      Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 at 10:20 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Shannon! The best option would be to use your home printer but print the photos on photo paper. That will be much less expensive than buying a photo printer - especially if you were just getting it for the party. Hope that helps! : )

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