Decorating Ideas

7 Easy & Affordable DIY Photobooth Ideas for Home Functions + Steps to do it

Anupriya Khanna, 10 Sep 2018

While it is completely okay to go OTT and get the best decorator on board for your big day decorations, but when it comes to cosy home functions, you don't always need to spend a bomb. No, that certainly doesn't mean go sans decorations but instead, you could definitely try your hands on some easy DIY (Do It Yourself) photobooth decorations. This way you don't only get to give that personal touch to your warm celebrations but also learn some fun and unique tricks to make photo-worthy decor on your own. Or, you can always put your little sister in charge of these arrangements, what are younger siblings for, after all?!

So, are you ready to jot down some notes on DIY decor? Kicking in just the right kind of inspiration and fun learning, here we've compiled some easy and relatively cheap DIY photobooth ideas for you. Try these out at home and get lauded for turning the best decorator for yourself.

Quirky DIY Photobooth Ideas with Step-wise Guide!

1. Re-use those old wooden cartons by making a cool DIY photobooth decor out of them

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Sometimes even the most unimportant elements (like these old wooden cartons) can help you turn around the decor of your home functions. All you’ve got to do is be a little creative.

  • Reach out your nearest fruit vendor and source out 5-6 huge wooden cartons/ fruit crates (that are used to stock large quantities of fruits)
  • Collect other decorative elements like bird cages, beer bottles, artificial flowers, table mats, ornate frames, mason jars, laces, butterfly cutouts etc from your local handicraft markets.
  • Now select one corner of your house and assemble it all.

Stuff you'll need:

  • 5-6 wooden cartons/ fruit crates
  • Birdcages
  • Beer bottles
  • Artificial flowers
  • Table mats
  • Frames
  • Mason jars
  • Laces
  • Cute cutouts

Wait, here’s some more inspiration and yet another fun way you can use old wooden boxes in your decor:

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  • Paint wooden cartons in vivid colours.
  • Pile them up and use them as racks
  • Now fill these racks with whimsical elements like wooden signages, cute teapots, unique flower pots and that’s all.
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2. Paint ‘em old trunks and stack them up in a corner

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Remember your mother’s worn out antique trunks that had been occupying a lot of space in the storage room? Well, it’s time to put them to some use.

  • Collect three or four trunks in different sizes. Clean them with the help of a wet cloth and then get started.
  • Paint them in vibrant colours like red, blue, yellow or green. You can also draw some Aztec patterns or flowers to beautify them.
  • After you are done painting, stack them up in a corner (by placing the bigger one first and then the smaller one and then the smallest)
  • Now comes our favourite part- shower it with some lilies, roses or some of your favourite blooms and some more cute elements.

Stuff you'll need:

  • 3-4 Antique trunks
  • Enamel Paints
  • Brushes
  • Flowers

If you don’t want to get involved in a lot of painting and drawing, you can buy some pretty floral printed suitcases and use them instead of these trunks, just like this one.

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3. Set up a beautiful backdrop with colourful kites

This glam backdrop made of colourful kites and glittery tassels is just the one you need to create for your home function. Here’s how-

  • Buy a dozen kites in different colours, a roll of rope and some shiny papers from a nearby local market
  • Cut the rope into 6 equals and paste two kites on each with the help of adhesive.
  • Once this is done, trim shiny papers into thin stripes and make tassels out of them.
  • Attach these tassels at the end of each kite
  • Now hang these up in such a manner that they don’t collide with each other.
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4. Assemble multi-hued umbrellas together to make a beautiful wall

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These days umbrellas have become one of the most valuable players at weddings. Whether you incorporate umbrellas as phoolon ki chaadar or just use them to deck up the decor of your wedding ceremonies, it works great. Here’s one decor idea that you can DIY for mehndi/haldi easily at home:

  • Buy parasols or umbrellas in different hues from a market
  • Open them and assemble them one over the other making a wall like structure and you have an interesting photo backdrop
  • Now you must be wondering how and where you’ll assemble this wall. Well, the best trick to do that is-take a standing cot (vertically) and insert the ends of the umbrellas in the gaps so that they don’t fall.

Stuff you'll need:

  • 12-15 Umbrellas/ Parasols
  • A cot
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5. Use racy ribbons and paper fans for something simple yet elegant

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You don’t always have to spend a fortune on decor when you know you can very well DIY at home. Especially one like this, made of flowy ribbons and paper fans.

  • If you’re someone who is a big stationery lover, it’s the best time for you to splurge. Go, get your hands on some pretty ribbons and streamers in different colours. And some shiny glace papers for the paper fans too.
  • Reach out a local carpenter and ask him to make a huge standing frame (the one like those huge noticeboards we had in schools).
  • Now that you’ve got the frame, place it in your garden area and hang those pretty ribbons on it with the help of adhesive
  • Make 10-12 paper fans out of those glace papers and fix them on the top.

Stuff you'll need:

  • Streamers/ Ribbons
  • Shiny glace papers
  • Cutting tools
  • Plywood for a wooden stand
  • Adhesive

Similarly, you can use laces instead of ribbons and hang them up altogether, making them look somewhat like this:

Or maybe add some fun elements like used cans in your customised photobooth.

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6. Make a beautiful backdrop with vibrant drapes, ornate frames and antique lanterns

When nothing else comes to your mind, incorporate a pretty wall with some colourful drapes, vintage frames and cutesy fall lanterns and voila, your photo booth is ready!

  • Buy unicolored drapes from the market and hang them on a surface.
  • Adorn them with falling lanterns, frames, puppets, Rajasthani door hangings or anything beautiful with the help of a thread or a rope.
  • Once the wall is ready, add a fun element to it. Grab your little brother’s bicycle and decorate it with the help of marigold garlands.

Stuff you'll need:

  • Drapes/cloth
  • Rod (where you’ll hang the drapes)
  • Falling lanterns in different colours
  • Huge frames
  • A bicycle
  • Marigold garlands
  • Puppets
  • Rajasthani door hangings

If you want to play around with more drapes and incorporate them for an indoor setup, you can do something like this.

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  • Entirely cover one wall with white drapes/ curtains and throw some fairy lights over them
  • Partly overlay it with colourful drapes ( just like you can see in the picture)
  • Lastly, warm up your sitting areas with a comfy sofa, colourful cushions and muddas.
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7. Use those discarded Tyres and glass bottles to make a quirky backdrop

Add a pop of colour to your indoor home function, by creating a pretty DIY photo booth like this. To make this,

  • Pull out those discarded tyres and glass bottles or get them from the junk dealer (in case you don’t have any) at the lowest possible prices.
  • Spray paint them with bright colours and adorn them with hanging garlands of fresh ferns and flowers.
  • Once you’ve decorated the tyres and the bottles, hang them up on a surface with the help of a rope at equal distances and your fun photobooth is ready.

Stuff you'll need:

  • 3 Tyres
  • 4-5 Glass bottles
  • Spray paints
  • Fresh flowers
  • Rope/ Ribbons
  • Cutting tools

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Which DIY photobooth idea will you incorporate in your home function? Let us know in the comments.