Ways to Rock Prop Displays

Congratulations! You’ve got a lot of photography props to spice up your photo booth! Now what do you do with them? Of course you, the person who picked them out and bought them, know what they’re for. Will the people posing for photos? That’s where presentation comes in. The better a job you do displaying your props, the easier it is for your models-to-be to pick out something fun to hold or wear. When they can see it, they can consider it.

Most importantly — spread them out! Prop piles don’t make for smiles. Try out easy do-it-yourself stands like a finished board with a grid of holes for dowels to stick into. A fancier alternative is a pre-made cap for a fence post (with nice curvy edges) that you can find at home improvement stores. Add a little stain and drill a few tiny holes, and you’re set!

You’ll likely have a table to display your props. Bigger is better. If you’re economizing on table spice, though, go up — just like skyscrapers in a city. Tiered shelving helps to elevate and show off what you’ve got. Just a handful of props? How about a nice vase, charming old-look metal bucket with sand or gravel, or even a vintage-look soda bottle?

The fun of having photo props is in getting to share your style, not just in the props, but how they’re displayed. If you have a theme for your event, your display should reflect that! An old steamer trunk brimming with funky accessories says “I’m chic,” just as a collection of charming glass mason jars says “I’m stylishly sensible.” Don’t overlook the role furniture plays in attracting people to your photo spot, and getting them to grab a prop and have some fun!

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Share your prop displays with us! We’d be delighted to see your unique arrangements. Send an email to Amber@HandmadeHilarity.com.

Happy Fall, Y’all

Hooray for fall! Having endured another long and hot summer, it’s time to celebrate cooler weather, the vibrant kaleidoscope of leaves changing color, and the harvest of farm crops in preparation for the coming winter. The autumn season officially begins today, Sept. 23, at least for those in the northern hemisphere. It’s a perfect time for a fall-themed photo booth, so let’s take a look at some inspiration!

Earthy themes abound at this time of year, as people decorate in celebration of the harvest. Pumkins are in season now, and make their iconic annual appearance on porches and tabletops, typifying that harvest aesthetic. Though pumpkins are a key ingredient for Halloween-focused photos, they’re great for autumn-themed photos, too, along with hay bales from farm fields now golden brown. Stack them in your farm-themed booth, use them as a bench seat, or scatter them as a bed of hay.

Corn still in the husk, maybe even still on the stalk, makes a great decorative element in a fall photo booth too, along with another staple of the harvest — the hay barn. Mock up your own barn backdrop from pieces of old lumber, perhaps from a discarded wooden pallet. Leaves — both abundant and free — are perfect decorative elements. The more colorful, the better. Other materials to consider: gourds of all kinds, old farm implements such as pitchforks, and simple, classic burlap. The key: warm colors, rustic charm, and fun!

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When the simple wackiness of a photo booth experience isn’t quite what you’re going for, a theme may be just the thing — especially if the party/wedding/friends-for-the-weekend event already has a theme. The nautical aesthetic has a timeless appeal, and lends itself well to retro-styling for both props and backgrounds, if not entire wardrobes. Thoughts of the ocean conjure legends and lore, and the spirit of adventure that you’ll have a great time embodying in wistful and whimsical photographs.

There are opportunities to create scenes for children, where a handmade look will accentuate the charm of your little models, and a variety of ways to handle grownup-oriented photo scenes. Looking for a romantic setting? A boat built for two could be just for you. Looking for something funny? A boat built for two could be just for you… and six of your closest friends.

The key when building a photo booth backdrop that makes the effort worthwhile is to make a backdrop that sets the tone, props that provide inspiration to smile, laugh, gesticulate or otherwise pose, and decorative details that sell the moment. This isn’t a roll of wallpaper hanging behind you. It’s a stage upon which you and your friends and loved ones may create moments worth saving.

Props from Whisker Works that can really help put you in the seafaring spirit include the Beard (a staple of old-timey and modern sea captains alike), the Captain mustache (clearly), and the Engineer, as it is decidedly swarthy. If you’re going for the “I’ve been adrift for a few weeks but only grew a mustache” look, that’s the Naturalist for sure. Other choice elements include an oar, a captain’s hat, and possibly a parrot if you’re going for a Caribbean motif.

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Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2, and is one of the biggest holidays in Mexico. The holiday is to honor those who have passed, typically with alters devoted to deceased loved ones, while also celebrating the continuation of life. Sugar skulls, the colorful icon of this holiday, and brightly colored roses and flags, are just dying to be a part of your festive photo booth!

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Looking for more Halloween photo booth inspiration? Find it here.

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Bride with Bouquet: Poptastic Bride
Colorful Lady: Pinterest
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Masked Children: Paper and Cake
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Masks and Poms Garland: Paper Source
Paper Banner: House of Mark
Five Ladies: Charm School Vintage
Painted Couple: Day Of The Dead Austin

Fired up for the Fourth

There’s no shortage of great ways to celebrate America’s Independence. So while you are firing up the grill and gathering with friends, don’t forget to include an all-American photo booth. One way to get creative and ensure a good time is to set up a patriotic back drop and snap away. Go ahead and put your best face forward and show off your star spangled colors. Click here to visit the Prop Shop at Whisker Works and get your own red, white and blue whiskers.

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Flag backdrop with mustache: Colleen Salmans Photography
Paper pinwheels: Armelle
Voting/Photo booth: Pinterest
Props on a barrel: Pinterest
Patriotic photo booth props: Whisker Works
Bandana bunting: Investing Love
Sign & Couple: Sweet Designs

Spring is in the Air

As spring eases its way into summer, the “May flowers” theme pays homage to rebirth, color, and happiness. Blooms abound in even the coldest climates at this time of year, provided you’re in the northern hemisphere, of course. Make a spring-flowers-themed photo backdrop and spread the joy, with a helpful tutorial available at Design Sponge that shows how to make giant paper flowers. They’ll help put some spring of your own in the air! A colorful floral backdrop will make for a nice addition to any garden party or springtime soirée.
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Green and Floral Background: Design Love Fest
Giant Tissue Paper Flowers: Design Sponge
Flowers on Door: Baluska
Colorful Flower Garland: Lille Syster
Floral Wallpaper Backdrop: Blue Eyed Yonder

April Showers

April showers bring May flowers and help to continue the spring cycle of renewal. Everything is new and fresh and the saying is a reminder that after something unpleasant can come something enjoyable. Make the most of this beautiful time of year with your very own April Showers inspired photo booth.
Create your own rainstorm with colorful raindrop garland. Add some balloons for clouds and silver tinsel for rain and you’ve got a dazzling backdrop on your hands. Don’t forget to pack your umbrella!
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Girl with top hat: Cleare Photography (mustache prop from Whisker Works)
Ladies with umbrella: Caught on a Whim
Blue raindrops: Kate Greiner
Rainbow raindrop garlands: 1 Pixie Place and Em-il-ie
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Rainy couple: Green Wedding Shoes
Colorful paper cloud: Paper Party Shop

You’re in luck

Welcome to that time of year where everyone pretends to be Irish! And you too can easily pull off the ruse by showing off your homemade St. Patrick’s Day inspired photo booth.
Start off your international celebration with lots of green and show off your team spirit with personalized name banners. Grab a friend and some feather boas and take turns displaying your best side for the camera. Make things extra special by not only posing with your loved one, but also busting out some DIY paper chains as a backdrop. Get the little ones into the swing of things by arming them with some props and get ready for a super cute photo shoot. Take your luck over the rainbow and embrace Ireland forever! State your true feelings on a chalkboard and enjoy the togetherness of the day. Make sure to stop by the Whisker Works prop shop and pick up one of our new green beards.
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O’Hara/O’Luna: The Confetti Booth
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Father and Son: Love Joleen Photography
Kids outside: Paper and Cake
Rainbow props: Party Impressions
Chalkboard animation: Sweet French Toast
Green beard props: Whisker Works

King of Mardi Gras

Let the good times roll with a classic Mardi Gras themed party and photo booth. Today’s parties are nothing like the original celebrations. America’s first Mardi Gras was celebrated in 1703 by the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile (Mobile, LA). The most famous parties are held in New Orleans, LA but Mardi Gras is also celebrated in several cities in Europe too.
Make your own fun by kicking up your heels and throwing on a gold mask and plenty of beads. Or glitz and glam it up and smile big for the camera. Add a feather mask and feather boa for an instant bash with friends. Better yet, plan a themed date night New Orleans style and pull out all the stops.
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Jumping man: Studio Booth
Glam couple: Heather Bohm-Tallman Photography
Feather boas: Scenic City Photography
Date night: Notes From The Plumb Tree
Photobooth display: Style Me Pretty

Bring Home the Gold

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are still underway and what better way to bring home the gold than to throw a party! The closing ceremonies will take place on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The kids will cheer and jump for joy when you hand out the medals on a DIY podium. Or take a shot at making your own Olympic torch and Olympic rings to enhance all those dazzling photo booth smiles. Round up the troops and pump up the silly factor with tons of Olympic themed props for all! Whisker Works has metallic gold, silver and bronze mustaches to meet your needs.

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To make the torch shown above, VOX magazine says to “roll gold-glitter paper into a cone and hot glue it. Then cut orange, gold and darker orange tissue paper into the shape of flames. Crumple the ends and stuff them into the cone. Finally, fluff the flames until you get the desired fiery look.”

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Kids on podium: Apartment Therapy
Torch couple: The Booth Photo Video
Party podium: VOX Magazine
Gold: Mikaela Ruth Photography
Silver: SmileBooth
Bronze fishscale (a tutorial!): Celebrations
Metallic mustaches: Whisker Works