I honestly think that photo booths are one of the most fun things that can be at a wedding. It lets the guests relax and goof off. Plus, you can get some really silly photos if you carefully select props. Not everyone can afford to rent a whole photo booth machine, but DIY versions with instant film are a great second choice for those of us on a budget. This photo booth frame is a perfect option for “fauxtobooths” that use instant film cameras, since it looks like a Polaroid!
I created my frame with cardboard, so I looked for the largest and sturdiest piece I could find. I first cut it down with an Exacto knife and ruler to get rid of uneven edges and to create one large rectangle.
Next, I needed to make the inside viewing window, so I traced in pencil four inches from the outside edge. I cut out the inside rectangle and created a large frame from cardboard. Learn from my mistakes and make sure you’re cutting with the blade away from you and towards the center, not the frame edge. That way, if you slip with the Exacto knife, you won’t ruin your clean outside frame pieces.
I cut my frame to have even edges, but if you want it to look more like a Polaroid, you could make the bottom edge of your frame thicker than the other sides.
My frame was still a little flimsy, so I needed to add supports to the back. I used hot glue to attach two long strips of cardboard on the back of my frame to make everything a little more stiff and sturdy.
I should mention that if you’re particularly handy with wood and have the tools on hand, this would also work well if made out of plywood. It would be a little more even, and a lot sturdier, but I just don’t have word working tools myself. That’s why I went with cardboard!
Next I painted my cardboard frame a solid white color to go along with the frame theme. When it was dry, it was time to add a little embellishment. You could add stripes, dots, or any other funky pattern to your frame. I opted to paint on the wedding date and couple’s initials. That way people will remember where the photo is from! Just make sure you trace out your design first in pencil and then paint over top.
When using this for a wedding, you’ll need to have it hanging up somewhere. I think clear thread or string tied around the top edges would look best. You could also punch holes in the top of the frame to loop and knot your string. This would be perfect hanging from a tree for an outdoor wedding, or you could use backdrop piping and hang this frame from the top.
To really liven up the party, bring along extra props, like giant sunglasses, crazy hats, wigs, and boas for guests to pose with. I’m glad I put in the work to make a DIY photo booth for my own wedding, and I’m sure you’ll love it too!
About Lauren: I’m an adventurous and friendly red head living in upstate New York. While I have a background in Marketing and Communications, I am currently doing freelance writing and focusing on my own blog, The Thrifty Ginger. I love planning events and focusing on the little details, so stick around for fun projects. Follow me on Google.