Festivals, birthday parties, weddings – there are few events where a photo booth isn’t an instant success. Whether you’re trying to set up your own business or pull off a party on budget, you can put everything together without a lot of added expense. One feature that makes photo booths so much fun are the props.
Here are four low-cost suggestions for props to get you started. They may even inspire you to get creative and come up with some budget-friendly ideas of your own.
This is one of the most basic props, and the possibilities re nearly limitless. All you need to start is a backdrop stand – or even a clothes line and removable wall clips – and a roll of paper. Backdrop stand can be found pretty cheap online, and they even have them at Walmart; you can also get rolls of paper there for almost nothing.
One of the best things about this prop is flexibility. Basic white is ideal for weddings. You can also decorate it with stickers or paint scenes to match different seasons and holidays. The most versatile stands are 10-feet wide, and they can accommodate 9-foot rolls of paper.
You don’t necessarily have to stick with white either, or paper for that matter. Hang curtains or fabric from your backdrop stand and festoon it with flowers, or use large laminated photos of beach scenes, space themes, hang tinsel or strings of beads, or anything else that fits the occasion. Backdrops can also cater to kids or adults and be formal, whimsical, elegant, or just fun.
2- Hats and Accessories
No matter how old we are, there’s a little kid inside of us who likes to play dress-up. Hats and accessories will bring out the ham in any guest, and you can choose themed props to pair with whatever backdrop you choose. Think slouchy hats, headbands, and feather boas for a 1920s gangster and flapper theme, cowboy hats for the Old West, top hats and tiaras for a New Year’s Eve bash, or woolly hats, scarves, and gloves for a winter background. You can usually pick these items up at a party supply or discount store for pennies.
Other accessories ideas include:
- Sun glasses or novelty specs
- Wigs, fake beards, and mustaches
- Military or law enforcement hats and badges
This is another budget-friendly prop idea where the sky is the limit. Signage can be anything from a stand-alone road sign to over-sized numbers or letters that spell out whatever message you want to give. These can either be attached to your backdrop or held up by the subjects in the photos. Some idea are:
- Large numbers decorated with glitter, stickers, or paint that can be used to ring in the new year or to commemorate a birthday, anniversary, or graduation date
- Novelty signs with funny sayings
- Signs with inspirational quotes
- Messages or holiday greetings
4- Balloons and Festoons
Few things say party like balloons and baubles. Whether you go for holiday garland, streamers, or Christmas balls, there are many objects that can be hung up on a backdrop, held by guests, or displayed in other ways. Balloons and other decorative objects some in a rainbow of colors and shapes, and they can be purchased very inexpensively almost anywhere.
Setting up a photo booth is one of the most-cost-effective ways to add a little fun to any gathering. All of these ideas are inexpensive and highly portable. Just set up a budget, decide what kind of events or clientele you’ll cater to, and then go crazy at discount and party supply stores buying the right props to suit your purpose.