How to Make a Holiday Photo Booth

2-4 hours

Build cheer by learning how to make your own holiday photo booth

Create your own unique, personalized photo booth for memorable holiday parties. Build a sturdy frame and hang your decorated backdrop to see your friends and family line up for their chance in front of the camera!

Here a step by-step guide that shows you how to build cheer with your own holiday photo booth.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

TOOLS

For backdrop frame:

For cloth backdrop:

MATERIALS

For backdrop frame:

For cloth backdrop:

Prop suggestions:

  • Santa accessories kit
  • Elf tights
  • Mrs. Claus wig
  • Elf costume
1
Cut boards to length
Cut boards length - Make Holiday Photo Booth

• Cut two of the 2” x 4” x 8' boards in half so you have four 4' boards.
• Cut one of the 2” x 4” x 8' boards down to 5 feet in length.

Leave the other four boards untouched, so you end up with this cut list:

• 4 - 2” x 4” x 8'
• 4 - 2” x 4” x 4'
• 1 - 2” x 4” x 5'

Tip: If you choose to paint the boards for this project, it is easier to do so after they are cut and before assembly.

2
Sandwich boards together to fill frame
Sandwich boards together fill frame - Make Holiday Photo Booth

• Sandwich two 8' boards around one end of the 5' board.
• Use an L-square to ensure positioning, then screw the boards together.
• Repeat this same process on the other end of the 5-foot board, using the two remaining 8-foot boards.

3
Attach feet to frame
Attach feet frame - Make Holiday Photo Booth

• Sandwich two of the four 4' boards around each vertical post and screw or bolt into place.
• It's easiest to do this if you can lay your frame horizontally onto a set of sawhorses for stability.
• When you stand the frame upright on its feet, it should be square and level. It will be heavy and too wide to carry comfortably yourself, so find a helping hand when transporting.

4
Paint the backdrop
Paint backdrop - Make Holiday Photo Booth

• Place the canvas drop cloth into a clothes dryer with a damp, freshly washed bath towel to help relax the drop cloth's creases. Once removed, lay immediately on a flat surface.
• Choose your favorite holiday phrases to paint on the backdrop.
• Measure approximately 6 1/2 feet up from the bottom of the drop cloth to map out your stencil placement — the words need to be high so they are visible above everyone's heads.
• Use your stencils and stencil brush to apply the paint.

5
Paint ornaments
Paint ornaments - Make Holiday Photo Booth

• Outline 6- and 8-inch circles randomly with your pencil on the canvas to create large ornaments. Concentrate your decorations toward the top of the canvas where they will be visible in the photos.
• Paint your ornaments, starting with the background and then adding the decorative details – polka dots, zig-zags, candy stripes – after the background color is completely dry.
• Use paint markers to paint cap-loops on the top of the ornaments, then allow the entire canvas several hours to completely dry.

6
Hang the backdrop
Hang backdrop - Make Holiday Photo Booth

• Hang the drop cloth from your wooden frame with spring clamps.
• Set up a camera on a tripod and align the focus so that the words are visible and the edges of the cloth are inside the frame.
• Lay out your props and let the fun begin!