In today’s day of age, there are tons of new trends spreading around the culture like wildfire.  And these trends can be about practically anything and everything, from hilarious video challenges to the way you wear your clothes.

However, another very popular trend in the 21st century is the DIY photo booth.

You have probably heard of a photo booth before, and if not, then you probably haven’t been to very many parties or events.  While a photo booth is a great and very fun thing to have at any kind of event, getting one can be very expensive.


So, how do you have all the fun that comes with a photo booth without blowing your party budget?

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Well, the answer is quite simple actually...you make your own!

There are so much fun and experience that comes with having a photo booth at any of your events.  For one, it helps everyone get out of their awkward first few moments by letting them express themselves and have fun with friends.  It is also a great way to have fun with the people you love and capture all of these exciting moments you share with them, as they are happening.

Does making your very own DIY photo booth sound hard? If so, then I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be at all.

Here is your ultimate guide to making your very own DIY photo booth, which can be used for any party or event, without the extreme cost.


Materials That You Will Need

Before getting into the details, guide, and steps to creating your very own DIY photo booth, it is important to know about all of the materials you will need before starting your project.

Making a photo booth on your own doesn’t cost near as much as renting one, especially when compared to most.


However, be aware that a little bit of budgeting will have to be done when it comes to gathering your materials and supplies, especially if you do not have some of them already.

It is also important to note that depending on how you want to decorate your photo booth, as well as what you would like to include and exclude, will make the materials required vary.

However, if you want to have a simple yet very appealing and fun DIY photo booth, then this is the one to try.

The materials that you will need before starting to consist of…

  • ​A simple backdrop, 6 feet x 4 feet (or larger)
  • Props for your guests to hold
  • ​Instant Film Camera (Share SP-2 Photo Printer recommended)
  • ​Lighting

Do you have all of the materials that you need to make this the best (or the first) DIY photo booth you have ever made? If so, then keep on reading for the step-by-step guide that will have your booth set up in no time.


Step 1: Choose the Perfect Location

The first step is possibly the simplest of them all, but one of the most important.

Before you start putting together the DIY photo booth together, it is extremely important that you first know where you are going to be putting it for two reasons: it is much easier to set it up in the place where it is meant to be instead of moving it around, and also because the location can affect the way that the pictures turn out.


When deciding on a location, you need to make sure that it is somewhere your DIY photo booth can be easily set up, and if your party or event has a theme, then it is wise to make sure that the environment also sticks with it.

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This makes it so much easier a few hours before the big event because instead of having to move it from the place where you originally set it up, you now don’t have to do anything more with it.  It is ready to go.

Also, it is important that the location does not affect the turnout of the pictures in a bad way.

For example, if you are going to be setting up your DIY photo booth outside, then it is important to make sure that the sun is not shining in a direction that will hurt your guest’s eyes, cause them to squint, make the picture look too bright, or even make the picture look too dark.

A great way to test the location is to take a few of your own pictures before any of the guests begin to show up and examine how they look once printed or saved.

If the first round of snapshots didn’t turn out too hot, then it’s time to find another angle, or maybe even another location entirely.


Step 2: Find a Suitable Backdrop

The next step to creating your DIY photo booth is to find a suitable backdrop.

But, what exactly makes a backdrop suitable for your photo booth?

In order to find a backdrop that works well with the camera, the lighting, and the overall end turn-out of the pictures you take during the event, it is important that whatever you use is simple.

This means that if there are designs on it, then it isn’t too “busy”, and it doesn’t distract from the scene being captured by the camera.  It should also be relatively bright to enhance the lighting.

But of course, this is only if you want to have a classic backdrop that looks almost like a green screen.  You can also get creative and simply use ribbons, fabric, streamers, balloons, flowers, or even the natural background that is behind you.

However, once again, it is important to make sure that it does not take away from the picture itself.


Step 3: Give Your Photo Booth Proper Lighting

Another very important thing for you to do when setting up your DIY photo booth is to make sure that you have the proper lighting.

Whether it is the natural light from the sun or light bulbs you have installed, it is good to make sure that the lighting makes the picture look bright enough so that it doesn’t look dark.

However, beware that you can have a bit too much light to where the pictures almost look completely white and the people in them might turn out looking like ghosts.

One idea is to use strings of lights on your backdrop, so that not only are you getting good lighting, but it is also very decorative.

If you are going to be doing your photo booth outside, then it is also very important to make sure that the light from the sun is complimenting your photos and not making them worse.

For example, you don’t want the sun to be shining in at an angle that makes the people in the photo shoot squint their eyes.

You also don’t want the sun to affect the way the camera takes the pictures in a bad way, such as making the pictures look darker.


Step 4: Decorate Your DIY Photo Booth with Decor & Props

Now that you have some great lighting along with a spectacular backdrop that suits your DIY photo booth perfectly, now it is time to make it look its best with some designs, decor, and even props.

Depending on the theme of your party or event, you can select designs and decor that can match the theme.  For example, if this photo booth is for a wedding and your colors are white and light pink, then any kind of decorations with that color pattern would go perfectly.

Plus, you can’t forget about the props.  What’s a photo booth without the fun props that your guests get to hold as they take pictures together?

You can go all out with props, or you can simply stick to your theme.  Regardless, these will make up a great deal of the fun that goes on inside of your DIY photo booth.


Step 5: Get an Instant Film Camera

The fifth step is to get an instant film camera for your DIY photo booth

This will allow whoever takes a picture in your photo booth to have it printed out so that they can instantly keep.  These cameras can vary in price range, so it depends on your budget which one you can afford, but a good one that has been recommended is the Share SP-2 Photo Printer.


Fujifilm INSTAX Share SP-2 Mobile Printer (Silver)
  • Create instax photos by sending images from smartphones and tablets using the free Share app
  • High resolution images with print pixels of 800x600 dots and print resolution of 320 dpi to show detailed gradations,...
  • A new laser exposure system achieves a faster printing time of 10 seconds from print data transfer to print output


However, if you can’t afford to get an instant film camera, other people say that tablets work well as well after setting it up to printers and other systems or programs.


Making Your Own DIY Photo Booth is Fun and Inexpensive

If your party is on a budget, then why should you have to compromise in order to get the fun out of a photo booth when you can simply make your own?

With a DIY photo booth, you will have spent a lot less money while keeping the exact same amount of fun, and possibly make even more.

You get to pick out everything from the design of your photo booth to which type of instant printer that you use, making it budget friendly, matching the theme, and super fun to put together.


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