For our son’s birthday last year, we had a small party with just our immediate families. We had just moved to a new house and barely had anything done.
Even though we were just having close family, Eileen, of course, went all out with zoo animal theme. She always does all of the planning – but asked me to help her create a DIY photo booth.
She created a bunch of photo props, while I looked for free photo booth software. To my dismay, I could not find any simple to use programs out there.
Most of them you had to pay for, and the free ones were terrible. What seemed like a simple task was turning out to be quite problematic.
So I decided to just write my own photo booth software.
By the end of the day, I churned out an app I dubbed Easy Photo Booth. Eileen was totally impressed, and we’ve been using the app at parties ever since.
To create your own a DIY photo booth, you need four simple things:
- Easy Photo Booth software – free download
- PC with a webcam
1. Photo Booth Backdrop
This can be as simple as a blanket or a large piece of felt. It shouldn’t be too complicated of a design because your party guests will be sitting in front of it.
At the zoo animals party, we used a lime green blanket as the backdrop and that worked out great.
At the Sesame party, Eileen created a nice Sesame Street scene.
She got a large piece of blue felt from a craft store, and then hot glued on white felt in the shape of clouds.
For the classic Sesame Street lamp post, she used dark green and white felt, and printed the Sesame Street sign on the printer.
Here is the background in the making:
Here’s a picture of the backdrop set up on our deck:
2. DIY Photo Booth Props
Props are pretty much anything glued to a thick popsicle stick.
Choose props that have to do with the theme of your party. Cute signs like “I came for the cake” are always a nice touch too.
If you do make signs, make them very large and easy to read. On the first go around, some of our signs were too small or written too thin to be able to read.
For the zoo animals party, we used these props (pic below). Eileen made the faces from foam, and the signs from card stock.
3. Easy Photo Booth App
I previously had trouble finding a photo booth app that was simple and free. Therefore, I made my version was as simple and straightforward as they come.
This simple program is available at no cost to our readers. You can download it here.
It’s an easy-to-use program that runs just like a digital photo booth. For more details on exactly how it works, keep reading 🙂
4. Laptop (with a web cam)
The last item you will need for the DIY photo booth is a laptop with a web camera.
In front of the backdrop and props, I placed a laptop (with a web camera) on a small table.
The guests would then see themselves on the laptop screen. Easy instructions on how to proceed popped up.
I even setup the software to save the film strip images to DropBox.
This allowed me to run a slideshow on the large family room TV of a live photo stream from the photo booth (via a second laptop I had plugged into the TV).
This way, other guests not taking pictures got to partake in the DIY photo booth fun.
Using the Photo Booth App
My photo booth software was a huge hit. It’s now a staple event at our parties, and even our friends/families use it at their events. So I wanted to make the software easily available for everyone for free.
You can download a PC version of “easy photo booth” software here. I’m sorry, I don’t have a MacOS version of it, but I can port it over to Mac if I get a lot of requests for it.
Here’s a screenshot of the program in action:
Easy Photo Booth also offers an advanced mode if you want to fine tune the functionality:
Here’s what the software shows the guests after taking their pictures:
Film strip images like the picture above are generated from the software. It also saves the images individually in case you wanted to use a snapshot outside of the film strip.
I also added an “overlay” feature, which superimposes foregrounds onto your images. Check it out in action below (I’m hiding behind some tree coverage):
So if you’re looking for free and easy-to-use photo booth software for your party, you should definitely check out Easy Photo Booth.
You can host an awesome DIY photo booth with just four things – a backdrop, props, a laptop, and our photo booth software.
It’s fun, free and who doesn’t love a photo booth?!