Earlier this spring I made some custom photo booth props on a whim for Love It or List It Vacation Homes‘s wrap party. They were a hit, even though I had no idea what I was doing. When my boss Aimee asked me to make some more for her upcoming wedding, I knew that I’d have to perfect my technique this time around.
These are SO fun to make and SO fun to use! Why have your guests take generic selfies when they can hold up cute props instead? You can customize them for weddings, media events, baby showers, bachelorette parties and practically anything else.
- Black pen and white paper (Omit if you’re going to use images you find online instead)
- Editing software and scanner (Omit if you’re going to use images you find online instead)
- Thin bamboo skewers
- Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
- Access to a colour printer
- On white paper, draw out your images in pencil first. I did bow ties, moustaches, champagne, a top hat…fun things like that. Go over your drawings with black ink. Using thick, simple lines is crucial because you want the props to be clear when photographed from far away. If this is impossible for you to do because you lack the artistic ability to do so, it’s cool. You can find images online instead. Get creative! Include typography, emojis and whatever else your heart desires. If your event has a hashtag, creating a prop for that is a good idea too.
- Scan your drawings. Make sure they’re being scanned at at least 600 DPI on the black and white setting.
- Open up your drawings in an editing software. I use Photoshop, but even Microsoft Paint will do. Use the brush tool to touch up the blacks and whites, then the Bucket tool to colourize the drawings. I used mostly tiffany blue and rose to coincide with Aimee’s wedding’s colour scheme.
- Once you’re done editing, print! Just throw all your drawings (or found online images) into a word document and print those bad boys out on cardstock. It’s important to use cardstock instead of regular paper, as you need something strong that won’t bend.
- Use scissors to cut the drawings out, closely cropping around each shape.
- Flip a drawing over. Line the pointed end of the bamboo skewer up at the bottom middle of the cardstock. Cover that part of the skewer with a big dollop of hot glue. Let dry flat without moving prop around.
- Repeat step #6 with the rest of the drawings.
It’s that easy! If you use this technique, send a photo my way because I’d love to see what images you come up with.
And on a final note…Congratulations to Aimee and Brendan! Your wedding is going to be lovely, followed by an even lovelier marriage.