How to Build a Home Photo Booth

How to Build a Home Photo Booth

Sarah Coffey
Feb 5, 2010

When new roommates Priya, Jandra, and Ruella started planning their housewarming, they decided to build a photo booth for the party. Friends pitched in, sketches were made, and they ended up designing and building a pretty sturdy booth for just $30.

What You Need


• $30 worth of 71-foot 2x4s were cut down to build the frame.
• 66 feet of salvaged MDF planks were cut down to cover the frame.
• A tetherball lamp strung over the top provides light.
• Jandra borrowed a remote-controlled camera and tripod from work.
• They used Jandra's IKEA Frosta stool for a seat.
• Ruella donated the red curtain and curtain rod.

Equipment [OR] Tools

• Jigsaw
• Drill/screws
• Hammer/nails
• Kraft paper
• Lots of helpers. (In addition to Jandra, Priya, and Ruella, their friends Nick and Molly helped out.)


1. Various friends contributed their brainpower to get ideas going. Doodles and sketches were made, measurements and notes were taken, a budget was set, and manpower was accumulating.

2. The main idea was to build two comparments within the frame: one to house the camera and tripod and another to permit the subjects to sit and be photographed.

3. A wall was built in-between to separate the compartments. Nick used a jigsaw to cut out a sizeable hole to accommodate the camera at (seated) eye-level.

4. The lamp provided sufficient mood lighting and made everyone look really pretty.

5. Kraft paper was used as the background. It worked out, since the color of the Kraft paper matched the exterior.

6. Jandra supplied the camera with remote control and set it up on the tripod. Subjects could trigger the camera whenever they were ready to be photographed.

7. To complete the photo booth, they hung a curtain on a rod.

8. More than 200 images were taken throughout the night!

Thanks, Priya, Jandra, and Ruella!

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(Images: Priya, Jandra, and Ruella)

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