How To: Create your own photo booth at home

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Do you want to create a fun and easy DIY photo booth? Perhaps your looking for fun ways to entertain your guests at a house party? Or just something fun to keep the kids entertained? Well, you have come to right place! In the spirit of all things crafty, we asked designer, writer & photo-booth extraordinaire, Emily Fisher (AKA Fishee Designs) to show us how it’s done…over to you, Emily!

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Emily Fisher
Photo credit: Laura Power

”I run a vintage and retro photo booth at weddings most weekends, but it’s a rather elaborate set up, with a viewing screen, and automatic printing with a prop box to rival any dressing up shop and I man the whole thing and enjoy banter with guests all evening.

So when Photo Box asked me to put a DIY together for their blog, I was very excited to create something new and fun that anyone can do in the comfort of their own home for many different occasions. Let’s take things back to basics and show you how to create a fun and easy photo booth for everyone to enjoy…

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What you will need:

A 10mm x 1m length of doweling (or anything you can get your hands on – a broom handle would do!)

Some wool (about 4 balls) of different colours

3 Nails

Hammer

Pair of Scissors

Foam sheets of your choice (I went for glitter!)

BBQ Skewers

Glue Gun and Glue

A camera (digital or instant) or smartphone – I like to use my Instax camera!

How to create your fun and easy photo booth

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To start you will need to take your hammer and nails, and your length of doweling. Hammer a nail in to each end of your doweling, and tie each end of a length of wool around each nail to form a triangle.

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Put a nail in the wall (where you want to hang it) and hang the doweling on the wall – then, take your wool and wrap apron. 1 meter lengths around you fingers.

It will take forever if you do one length at a time, so speed up the process by wrapping several lengths and then take your scissors and chop one end, to give you about 2m of wool folded in half.

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Hang them over your doweling rod. Do this over and over again until the length of your rod is covered in wool. I have mismatched the different colours for a random effect but you could have fun with ombré or rainbow colours too. Once you have covered your entire length of doweling, this creates your fun and easy backdrop.

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To create your props, I have chosen just to stick with Moustaches on Sticks, but if you are feeling adventurous, you could do, ties, hats, glasses.

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Take your sheets of foam and turn them over to draw your shapes on the back. Cut them out and then using your glue gun, put a blob of glue on the back of the moustache, and place the spiky end of your BBQ skewer in the blob and turn the stick. This helps the entire end of the skewer to be covered in glue and more secure. Repeat with all your ‘tashes.

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And there you have it, it is THAT simple. Now it’s time to get snapping. I love using my Instax camera as you get fun, instant photos. But if you have access to a digital camera or smartphone you could take lots of photos and easily get them printed via PhotoBox.

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If you’re just not the DIY type and have an event you would like a photo booth for, why not head on over to Fishee Designs to check out the options. Or you can follow me on Instagram @fisheedesigns, Twitter @fisheedesigns and Facebook /FisheeDesigns

Lots of Love

Emily

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Thanks Emily! We can’t wait to make our own photo booth at home – now we just need to decide what props to create. 🙂

Is this something you’d try? Share your versions with us in the comment section below! 

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