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How to Make Photo Booth Props + DIY Photo Back Drop

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Have you ever wanted to make photo booth props? Today we are sharing an easy way you can make a photo prop. We happened to use this backdrop for one of our sweet sixteen ideas. But, you can use this same technique for your own diy photo prop. Photo props are fun for birthdays, weddings, or other celebrations. 

We are sharing a few tips for creating your own photo props, and backdrops. I promise to share more Sweet 16 party ideas later. When I was planning this party I was like how is this even happening? My girl is turning 16! 

  • You might remember this post where we made photo prop mustaches we made these for here sister’s wedding quite a few years ago. See this, and a few other ideas at the bottom of today’s post.

Photo Booth Props

DIY photo props. These are back drops, and photo booth props that anyone can make. Easy, and inexpensive ideas for taking your party and group photos. DearCreatives.com #photoprops #party #birthday #backdrops #photoboothprops #partyideas #diy #easy

We happen to have a spot in our backyard that has two wood beams about four to five feet apart. We used cardboard to make a base for the back drop. But, this photo booth prop also can be added to the back of a fence or to a wall indoors. Let’s make this back drop.

First gather your supplies. Below is a list of supplies to make this photo booth back drop.

Supplies for making a photo booth prop. DIY on DearCreatives.com

DIY back drop


How to make a photo booth frame

If you don’t have a wood frame pre-built, you can attach your photo prop to a fence, or indoor or outdoor wall. Us this technique for how to make a photo booth frame from cardboard, then attach it where you will hang your back drop. 

Cardboard backing taped together for where the photo prop will be hung in place. DIY at DearCreatives.com

  1. If you need to create a backing for your photo prop to be hung you will take your cardboard pieces, and tape them together in place. This part is really fast with 2 people.
  2. Place cardboard either between wood posts, or against a fence. (If your fence is painted you may want to use push pins or command strips to attach the cardboard.) 
  3. You can see we picked a spot that had an outlet nearby.
  4. We wrapped the wood posts with lights for at night.
  5. Then added balloons and number balloons to our archway, and other places. (which we added helium to, and had ready and waiting to bring outdoors to hang by having the balloons in laundry baskets)

Sweet 16 Party Photo Booth Photos Teen holding Polaroid Photos Taken in photo booth © 2018 Theresa Huse

diy photo booth backdrop

Follow these tips, and steps for how to make a photo booth back drop. IMPORTANT: Determine the size of your photo booth prop (measure where you will hang it write down the overall finished width and length.) Make sure you have enough room to back up away from photo prop when photographing larger groups, and also for including the whole body of people in the photos.

  1. First measure your space and decide size you’ll need. 
  2. Unroll your paper and cut to the length you need 
  3. For the width you will need to tape together cut sections (width is the size of your roll divided by total needed width = pieces you will need to cut. For ours it was x 2 cuts
  4. Lay out your sheets onto the floor – workspace
  5. Use your pencil, and ruler and mark where you will paint
  6. Pencil in a sketch of your words (our prop said Sweet 16) 
  7. Paint back ground areas and let them dry competely
  8. Paint lettering, and let dry
  9. Outline lettering with a sharpie pen or chalk pen
  10. Add wall decals to your prop (in your theme) 
  11. Flip over, and tape with your clear duct tape down the seam area (get as close together as you can or overlap slightly)
  12. Carefully take it to where you will hang it
  13. Use your clear tape attaching to top, middle and side on back to secure in place. (loop to make double sided where needed)


NOTE: If you are using this on a wall indoors use push pins or command spring clips or gorilla mounting strips You DO NOT want the paint peeling off the wall when you take it down! 

Painted photo prop that says sweet 16 closeup before hanging it. How to make a photo prop at DearCreatives.com

You want to place your writing at the highest spot on your photo prop so you can see it when your taking photos. For the writing to stand out off the paper use a light color or white. Let the paint dry, and then add your writing. We used a color block text style so the writing would stand out. (Sorry, our living room is super dark and we had lights on so the photos aren’t the best. But, you get the idea. See outdoor closeup below)

Close up of Sweet 16 Photo Prop DIY at DearCreatives.com

When the gold paint was dry we added a hot pink around the edges to make it pop. After we added decals, dots, and other floral designs to the photo prop. We also hung a dot paper banner at the top of the photo prop. This came in the Sweet 16 Birthday Balloon and Banner Kit we purchased. For hanging indoors, and around the party area. 

Close up of bottom of the photo prop design. Pillow-y clouds painted white with floral, boho, and flamigo decals added. See diy photo prop at DearCreatives.com

Closeup of bottom designs. We made them the same on the  right, and left far sides of the back drop for photos.

Photo Booth Props - arch with balloons, back drop with sweet 16, and decorations. Table to side for photo props, DIY at DearCreatives.com © 2018 DearCreatives.com

To the side of the area we set up a table for all our photo props, and camera. That is Sammie setting it up. 

Sweet 16 Party Photo Booth Photos Group photo of teens © 2018 Theresa Huse

There were so many photos taken, and fun memories being made. Sammie has a whole photo book with Polaroid photos taken by her, and her friends.

Sweet 16 Party Photo Booth Photos Teen Birthday 16 © 2018 Theresa Huse

With one, two, three or the entire group. Honestly, they had so much fun taking photos. By the end our puppy Luna was over it, and ready for a nap! She tolerated her dog party hat really well. PS. try to get your seams as close together or overlap slightly. I’ll just edit it in photo shop, wink, wink. 

Photo Booth Props + DIY Photo Booth, and photo prop ideas. These are ideas anyone can make, and do for a party, sweet 16 party, wedding or other celebration. See all the tips, and how to at DearCreatives.com #photoboothprops #photopropideas #photoprops #photoideas #photobooth

We hope you enjoyed seeing these photo booth ideas, here’s a few more you might enjoy!

Photo prop ideas

Mustache Photo Prop Tutorial, Theresa Huse 2013

  1. Mustache Photo Prop DIY
  2. Wedding Banner Photo Prop
  3. Burlap Wedding Banner Photo Prop DIY  (Mr. and Mrs.)

Love is sweet Banner photo prop for wedding DearCreatives.com Theresa Huse mage credit to 057FloryPhoto_Associate_Wedding_

This burlap banner was made for photos, and used as a display for where people dropped off their cards, and money gifts. This was also next to the connecting table where we set up the photo prop mustaches, and Polaroid camera for taking photos. 

Wedding banner photo back drop DearCreatives.com image credit to 057FloryPhoto_Associate_Wedding_


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