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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Anchors Aweigh!

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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Get Your Party Started!

Sass up your booth with these new props from Whisker Works! Just introduced today, these plastic photo booth messages will sure to be popular at weddings and events.

Photo Booth Phrases

Each sign measures 8″ x 10″ and is made of thick, high-quality plastic with a matte finish to reduce glare.

There are 5 signs to choose from, each displaying two phrases. Purchase all 5 signs and you’ll receive a 10% discount AND a free burlap carrying bag. Find them HERE.

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The final sale of the year!

All good things must eventually come to an end, and the final sale of the year for Whisker Works is happening now. For the first time in the history of our Mustache of the Month, we have TWO great props that are just $1.99 each. Visit WhiskerWorks.com for the following Cyber Monday deals:

1. Save $40 off an order of $100 or more using code “CYBER40”

2. The Professor mustache prop is just $1.99 for the month of December! Find it HERE.

3. Snowman Carrot Noses are also just $1.99 each! They can be found HERE.

4. Receive FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50 or more to a U.S. destination! Free shipping on orders of $100 or more to all international destinations. NO COUPON NECESSARY.

Now these are deals to smile about!

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Now is the time to plan your Christmas photo booth! Find this holiday set in our shop.The Christmas Mix

Coupon code “CYBER40” is case-sensitive and valid for handmade props only. Coupon may be used a maximum of 2 times per customer.

$3.99 Photo Booth Props + Free Shipping

Holy mustache! The biggest sale Whisker Works has EVER had is happening now. There are more than 20 styles of props for $3.99 each, plus you will receive free shipping on orders of $50 or more to a U.S. destination (free shipping on orders of $100 or more to all other destinations). No coupon code necessary.

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Visit the Whisker Works Prop Shop to take advantage of this offer.

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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Photo credits:
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
Silver tinsel rain: source unknown
Rainy couple: Green Wedding Shoes
Colorful paper cloud: Paper Party Shop

Jingle Those Holiday Bells

Make your holiday party fa la la fabulous with sackfuls of cheer! Add some multicolored streamers for an easy, go-to backdrop. Or get festive by adding in some ornaments and Christmas decorations that may be hanging around the house. Change things up by calling some friends and having them bring a blanket for a background, some surprise decorations and plenty of smiles. Any way you go, make sure to include lots of fun even for those on the naughty list.Christmas_Photobooth_01photo-bothxmasphotoboothsmileboothcute-christmas-photo-booth-props
Photo credits:
Five Ladies: Melissa Jill
Confetti couple: Lovely Indeed
Present backdrop: Hope Farm Housewife
Ladies with bows: Smilebooth
Trio with props: Catching Fireflies

Gallery: Seeing Cleare-ly

Aoife Millea, a photographer for Cleare Photography out of Waterford, Ireland, has been operating her own photo booth for less than a year, but seems to have perfected it already. Bright colors, whimsical backdrops and, sometimes, Whisker Works props. Why does she like photo booths? Aoife states, “because I felt a lot of people, especially adults, can be super uncomfortable standing for normal photos, but give them a mustache on a stick and they transform into giggling confident posers, whether they are 5 or 95!”


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All backdrops are from Lemon Drop Stop.

To have your photo booth images considered for a gallery feature, click on the “Submit Photos” button above. Please send up to a dozen of your best images showing a variety of backdrop designs and plenty of color!