PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: DIY iPad Photobooth

DIY iPad photoboothWelcome back to our crafters’ column. Each week, we find clever and fun Do-it-yourself projects that turn your iPad into something customized and creative. Last week, we told you about the easy-to-make DIY Mod Podge iPad back cover. What I like about that project is how versatile the material is. You can use an old t-shirt, a bed sheet, or even your wedding gown.

Speaking of weddings. This week we have a fun project for a DIY photobooth that you can use for weddings, parties, and backyard barbeques.

Trinadad Pena came up with a super simple way to make a photobooth using an ipad, a stool, and some funny accessories.

For this project, you will need an iPad tripod mount. Of course, there are plenty of DIY projects for this, but we’ll save that for another post. For now, you can find any number of tripod mounts for your iPad on Amazon. The key is finding something sturdy. Pena recommends going for something that runs around $25 – $30.

You’ll also need a stool or basic chair. I recommend a small bench. I know that when I attack a photobooth at a party, I usually have an entourage. Backless chairs work best for this situation because it makes it easier to fit a large group of people in a small area.

Of course, you will need to download an app that takes pictures like a photo booth would. I recommend using Classic Booth because it has a printer option right inside the app. You don’t have to go to your Photo app and then take a picture.

Of course, that means you will need a printer. If you have the extra money and the occasion is worth it, grab a photo printer like the Canon SELPHY CP900. However, if quality is not as important as the idea behind the project, just use any Airprint capable printer.


On to the accessories. Head out to your local thrift store, or maybe grandma’s attic, and grab a bunch of glasses, sunglasses, hats, boas, scarves, ties, and anything that can be used on your head and shoulders. The funkier the better. Bright colors and oversized accessories make the best pictures. You can also invest in some funny costume disguises like stick-on eyebrows. Make your own mustache on a stick out of an old teddy bear. The more options to choose from the better. Your party guests will go back to the photo booth again and again if they have options.

Pena does not include a project for the actual booth. If you don’t want to put out the effort to make a booth, be sure to position your iPad in a location that has a great backdrop. A long, bright colored curtain would work. Or, if nothing else, a blank white wall will do.

If you want to go the extra mile to create a booth, you’ll need some PVC pipe, some drapery, and some tools. Instructables has a simple DIY collapsible photo booth project that could easily be adopted to fit the iPad.

Thanks to Trinadad Pena and The Budget Socialite for giving us the idea for this simple and fun DIY iPad photo booth project.

About Lory: Writer of all things app related, traveler of the space-time continuum, baker of really great cookies. Follow me @appaholik

  • PhotoEveryone

    fyi Canon selfphy doesn’t support airprint. you have to use the canon easy print app, which isn’t super reliable.

    • Lory Gil

      Thanks for letting us know about the app.

    • Cindie

      Do you save the photo into your gallery from Classic Booth, and use the Canon Easy Print to print the photo? Are there formatting issues? I’ve tried other free apps, and it doesn’t format well for the Selphy.

      • Cindie

        Classic Booth isn’t compatible with the Canon Easy Print app for the Canon Selphy. It crops the photos all weird.