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DIY Photobooth

DIY Photobooth

Let’s face it, photo booths are fun and you want one for your next party.1 You could rent one, but that might set you back a grand. Yep, A GRAND! And that’s on the cheap side. This would put a huge dent in anyone’s booze budget whose last name isn’t Kardashian. NO ONE wants that.

1- This claim is purely based on conjecture. But you if don’t agree, I’m going to assume you don’t like puppies and the sound of baby laughter because c’mon… having a photo booth at a party is hella fun!

You can make your own DIY photobooth for about $21-$51 depending on whether or not you already own a tripod. The bonus of buying a tripod is that you no longer have to take selfies in the bathroom mirror you can use it again.

Goods needed for your DIY Photobooth

  • Photos from my DIY photoboothAn iPad or iPhone
  • Photobooth app – Incredibooth
  • A tripod
  • A tripod mount for your iPad or iPhone
  • A stool or chair – not a must but it’s nice to give your guests some place to sit

The directions are as easy as you can get. You attach the mount to your device as per the mount’s instructions and screw the mount on to the tripod. That’s it. You’re done. Easiest. DIY. Ever.

Props, Optional but Awesome

Take your DIY photobooth to the next level by providing props. This is the perfect time to bust out accessories that you have from old Halloween costumes. You can also purchase a prop kit like this one or you can get creative with things you might already own like:

  • Hats
  • Boas
  • Masks
  • Sunglasses

Wait, I still have questions

I have a droid, can I still use the incredibooth app? Nope, but you can use this.

What about a tripod mount for my droid? Man, listen. Droids have way too many models for me to answer this question so just click here.

I have a blackberry, can I still use the incredibooth app?  I’m sorry, RIM is anti-fun. No DIY photobooth for you.

Which tripod should I get? I don’t like recommending things that I haven’t actually tried. The tripod I own is a manfrotto, which is probably more tripod than you need unless you are into photography. Amazon has a lot of great tripods. You can go for the cheapest option if you are using it with your phone, but get something a bit sturdier if you are using it with an iPad. You should be able to get a decent one for around $25. Be sure to read the reviews before you buy. Amazon reviewers know what’s up.

UPDATE: Hey party people! Since a few of you have asked about printing the photos, I figured I’d answer here and not just in the comments. You can use any wireless printer and print from your iphone or ipad. OR you could get a photo printer like the Vupoint that connects directly to your iphone or ipad.

So, there you have it. The world’s easiest DIY. We’d love to see your photobooth pics. Hit us up on twitter or facebook  with them. We can’t wait to check’em out!


Co-founder | Trinidad Pena
Trinidad Pena is a blogger, foodie, and design superhero bent on helping others kick-ass online, world domination and convincing the world that wine belongs in the fruit food group since it’s made from grapes.

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  1. Karen

    Wow, this is awesome! I am going to keep this in mind for some upcoming parties. This is totally doable, I love it!
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    • Trinidad Pena

      It’s super easy to do!

    • Trinidad Pena

      I did this once, and everyone asked for it at my next party.

    • Trinidad Pena

      Enjoy! And some pics our way after your party!

  2. Kelly Wade

    You’re right, photobooths are awesome! I’ve seen some DIY ideas for photobooths on pinterest and they are a lot like the one you suggest setting up like this. Props would make it like 10x better too!
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    • Trinidad Pena

      Props make it so much fun. It’s so easy to use things you already have OR hit up the sales right after halloween.

  3. Morgan Decker

    Photo booths are so much fun, especially when alcohol and props are involved! I have made my own at parties before but I’ve never used my phone or iPad, I have a Nikon and I just set it on a timer on a tripod and voila it’s done! This is a really creative idea though, next time I need to set one up and I don’t feel like playing risk with my nice camera I’ll have to try this out! 🙂

    • Trinidad Pena

      What’s really nice about the app, is that you can see yourself like in a real photobooth.

  4. Renee

    I love this concept! I really never knew that we could do with your phone and its so simple! Thanks so much for this post, pinning it for future parties.

    • Trinidad Pena

      Thanks! Can’t wait for you to try it!

    • Trinidad Pena

      The little girls will love it!

  5. Susan Cooper

    What a cool idea. I will be book marking this for future use when I have a girls night at my house. It would be a hoot, and to share the results. thanks. 🙂
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    • Trinidad Pena

      It’s perfect for girls night!

  6. april

    what a FUN post this is! thanks for the wonderful idea. 🙂

  7. Mindy Crary | Creative Money

    What a fantastic idea! I can see having one of these at several different types of gatherings, even professional networking might be fun. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Shelly

    This is awesome and I want to set up something like this for my class reunion (serious budget!) this summer – any suggestion on printing/where people can go to see/print photos? Thanks!

    • Trinidad Pena

      I have this printer, so you can just have people come back for their photos that day. Theme park style. OR you could just e-mail it to them.

  9. Stephanie

    Great suggestion! Having recently coordinated a wedding that included a photo booth, I can definitely attest to the popularity and the cost! This makes for a great alternative.

  10. Irene Gilchrist

    Hi! Really great ideas! I have been trying to figure out a way to do this for my daughter’s grad party- and you have really helped! I have both apps- pocket booth & incredibooth & I purchased the Vupoint printer you suggested, but I can’t get the printer to print out the photo strips- it cuts them off & doesn’t print out all the photos. Do you have any suggestions on how to print them out? I really wanted to have the guests print out the photos and take them home. Thanks so much!

    • Trinidad Pena

      Hmm… I doesn’t do that for me. Is there a fit to paper option that you have to check?

  11. Claudia

    I’m not sure if anyone already asked, but how would we go about printing these pictures? For the guests to keep?

    • Trinidad Pena

      You can use any wireless printer and print from your iphone or ipad. OR you could get a photo printer like the Vupoint that connects directly to your iphone or ipad. I’m not sure if they make a version for the lightening connector, thou…

  12. Jennifer

    What about printing the photos??

    • Trinidad Pena

      You can use any wireless printer and print from your iphone or ipad. OR you could get a photo printer like the Vupoint that connects directly to your iphone or ipad.

  13. Irene

    I’m sorry for another question about printing…When you print to the vupoint photo cube, do you print from the photo cube app, then select the photo from your camera roll? When I do that it cuts the photo- when I select to partition it in 4 – it shows 2 strips but again cuts the photos- top of 1, bottom of another. I’ve tried all different ways and I just can’t seem to get it right. Can you please give the steps you do to print? Thanks so much!

  14. debbie

    How do you remotely take photos on your tablet? Or does someone need to be taking photos of someone else?

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  17. Kasey

    I have the same problem as Irene. Any tips?

  18. Ben Reeder

    This is awesome. I own my own photo booth company and mine look very basic. I’m sure if I designed something this cool I would be renting them more often. Thanks for sharing…this gives me sooo many ideas. Photo Booth Rental State College PA

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