It’s pretty wild how the word ‘selfie’ has snuck its way into our daily vocabulary. It seems like yesterday when I would go and get my pictures developed at the store! Anyways, the holidays are a time for making memories, and it’s no secret that taking lots and lots of pictures will help make the time spent with family this season last a lifetime.
Whether you’re throwing a New Years party at your house or planning on heading out to visit friends and family, one awesome way to make these pictures unique is to set up a little DIY photo booth! I’m sure you’ve all seen quirky backdrops or themes at parties, but for little to no money you can set one up yourself and bring an extra level of excitement to your New Years get together.
Depending on the flow of the party, and if it’s outdoors or indoors, pick a spot that will be designated for a photo booth for the night and get creative. Check out these ideas that I’ve come across!
Bold & Bright Bed Sheet Backdrop
I thought this one looked perfect for a New Years party with the flashy lights and clean backdrop, especially if people will be dressing up a bit. This will undoubtedly make everyone look his or her best (no filter needed!?), and it’s super easy to set up!
- A long white bed sheet (or some white plastic table cloths)
- Cool white LED Christmas lights (50 strand)
- White tulle (you can find this in the wedding section at Walmart)
- Command hooks
- Painters tape
- Silver beads (optional)
Attach the bed sheet (or white plastic table cloths) to the designated wall with painters tape along the top. This will serve as the backdrop. Then, cut white tulle from the roll to about the length of the bed sheet or tablecloth. The easiest way to get these up onto the wall is to lay a piece of painters tape sticky side up on the ground and attach from there.
Carefully put the painters tape with the tulle over the backdrop that’s already on the wall. This will add an extra layer of texture.
Use the plastic command hooks to start hanging the light strands and silver beads (optional). Be cautious in hanging the hooks, since they can sometimes leave marks on the wall! Be sure that the plug is at the bottom for the lights, and use a power strip to plug them in. The silver beads (which can be found in the Christmas section at most stores) will probably need to be cut into sections to equal the lengths of the lights.
This is a beautiful backdrop that will make New Years pictures that much more suave and amazing.
Metallic Fringe Backdrop
It somehow seems that all New Years decorations end up being metallic. I’m not exactly sure why this is, but nobody really seems to question it so let’s go with it. I thought this idea screamed New Years and was really pumped about how easy it was to put together.
- 3 to 4 packs of foil/metallic fringe garland (You can find this at any party store)
- A large black bed sheet
- Hardware clamps
- Double sided Scotch tape
- Clothes rack (optional)
For this one, it might be easier to set up the photo booth in a window bay so that you can hang the sheet from the existing curtain rod. If this isn’t an option, use a clothes rack (or see if one of your friends is generous enough to lend you one). You could also use painter’s tape, like in the previous photo booth idea.
Lay the fringe garlands out one by one, trimming them to the width of the black bed sheet. Place the lengths one by one on long strands of double-sided tape, and attach to the black bed sheet. I know, you might not think that it will stick, but the fringe is actually pretty lightweight so the tape should hold quite nicely.
Repeat until the backdrop is covered with the fringe, and there you have it! A bright and exciting New Years DIY photo booth.
Before the party, it could make things easier to make a Facebook event page so sharing the final products will be easy peasy. When taking the photos, be sure that you (or the person with the camera) mention to the party goers that the pictures will be posted on the event page so that they can tag anyone that took part in the fun!
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