How to Create a DIY Photo Booth With Your Floor

Photo booths have become the “it” thing at birthdays, weddings, and holiday parties. But who says you can’t have one in your own home? It can provide a fun way to spend a rainy day indoors or a chance to get creative with a family photo.

Get started with this step-by-step DIY photo booth guide. But there’s a twist: Instead of standing in front of a backdrop, use props and lie on the floor. Using the floor helps you create optical illusions and scenarios not possible in a traditional photo booth.

  • Step 1: Gather your materials

    Here’s what you need to get started. Depending on the scene you create, you can add more props.

    • Digital camera (or smartphone)
    • A friend or neighbor
    • Stepladder
    • Flat bed sheets (optional)
  • Step 2: Ready your camera (and find a friend)

    A basic digital point-and-shoot camera works perfectly for a DIY photo booth, or you can use your phone’s camera in a pinch. Make sure it has enough battery life and ample memory before you get started. You’ll also want a friend or a neighbor to help you take the photo since it will be shot from overhead (and you’ll want to be in it).

  • Step 3: Find the perfect floor for your shot

    Instead of using a backdrop against a wall, pick out a room with a lot of floor space that you and your family can lie on. This step may require moving some furniture (another reason to phone a friend).

    Keep in mind the color of your floor and how it contrasts with the color of your clothing and props. For example, dark flooring with light-colored clothing and props will make your scene stand out. If you use a dark floor with dark props, they may get lost in the picture. Also consider any patterns that could distract from or add character to your scene. Carpet, hardwood, ceramic tile, and luxury vinyl tile are all appropriate options.

  • Step 4: Light your DIY photo booth

    Good lighting is just as important as the floor. The good news: You won’t need professional spotlights or photography umbrellas for this shoot. Instead, set up your camera in front of a well-lit window. Keep in mind that this will require good timing. Setting up your photo booth too late in the day could limit the time you have to use natural lighting and get a good picture.

    You can also use the flash on your camera for extra lighting, but be sure to test whether it casts shadows when you take the picture.

    Want more tricks for getting a good shot indoors? Check out this list of tips to get professional results without paying for professional work.

Step 5: Pick out your props and set up

Now that you’ve called in a little help and cleared a spot on your floor, it’s time to set up your DIY photo booth. Pick a theme that keeps things fun and interesting—the possibilities are pretty much endless.

To get your imagination going, here are a few themes to consider. With our snow scene, you can print out the props from your computer and use the snowballs, snowflakes, winter hats, and snowman pieces to arrange a winter wonderland. Consider using white sheets to create the illusion of snow on the ground. The second theme we’re providing is of a food fight, without the mess! Use the turkey leg, green beans, and macaroni cutouts to make it look like dinner is flying mid-air in your photo.

Once your props are ready, create the scene on the floor, leaving room for the people in your photo. When setting up, be sure to examine your scene through the camera lens to make sure it fits in the frame. Take a few practice shots from different heights, so you can check the angle and lighting. When it comes time to capture the final image, take plenty of shots—it’s better to have too many to choose from than too few.

Step 6: Share your photo

You’ve taken your pictures. Now what? Turn them into holiday cards for your friends and family, or frame the image as a gift to Grandma. You can also frame the pictures and turn them into decorations for your home. Or just share them with friends on social media. Be sure to tag us (@STAINMASTER) so we can see how you designed your DIY photo booth.

Download our snow props
Download our food fight props

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