Monster Party Photo Booth DIY Tutorial

This was THE main project for Trent’s 1st birthday monster party…aside from the cake and other yumminess, of course 😉

Monster Photo Booth Tutorial

Brett made these monsters to use as a photo booth that Trent, his friends and even the adults could pose by. It was a HIT! The kids liked them because they were fluffy and fun and the adults took the opportunity to be silly. Here’s how we did it!

Stuff we used:
2 large, thick pieces of wood
2 pieces of fabric large enough to cover the wood (we used
Foam sheets in white and black
Bag of pom-poms
Hot glue
1 2×4 piece of wood
4 L brackets and required screws


We purchased 2 thick, large pieces of wood, layed them on the floor and started drawing what we wanted the monsters to look like.

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We used a jigsaw to cut the outer shape of the monsters.

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Next, we layed the fabric down with the fluffy side down, then placed the monsters face down on the fabric and cut the fabric around the edges of the wood, leaving about an additional 3-4 inches. This additional fabric will be wrapped around the wood and secured to the back of the monster.

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We wrapped the fabric around the edges of the wood and hot glued the fabric to the back of the monster. Work your way around the monster and do one small section at a time to minimize creases and wrinkles.

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Big fluffy monster…ready for facial features! (You will need to vacuum afterward!)

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We then did the same thing to the other monster.

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“But Dad, it’s MY party and I want to help!!”

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We used foam sheets for the eyes and mouths. These were so easy to cut and we just hot glued them to the fabric.

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“No, Dad, the eye goes HERE!”

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We made one of the monsters wear a party hat, so we used a variety bag of pom-poms to decorate a festive party hat.

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Pom-poms everywhere…not fun with a 1 year old in the house.

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We hot glued the pom-poms to the wood to make a party hat.

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To make the monsters able to stand on their own, we cut the 2×4 into 4 angled pieces and attached 2 angled pieces to each monster with L brackets and screws.

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To be a extra safe (we had several wee ones at the party…including our own little guy!), we placed sandbags on top of the feet as extra weight to prevent the monsters from tipping over. We already had the sandbags, but you could use anything heavy.

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We added 2 IKEA children’s chairs and some wall decorations and we were ready to get our pose on!

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You can see the full Monster 1st Birthday Party post, with lots of photos, a shopping list and other DIY projects HERE!


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  • LuxeportSPA Bamboo / Cotton Robe
    Jul 7, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Nice Images.

  • Titiana
    Sep 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Could you tell me the name of the fabric or type? I tried to see if I could find it online but i cant find anything similar…. Im having a monsters bash for my sons birthday as well in Dec…

    THank you!

  • Titiana
    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Do you know about how big the monster were? Or how much material to order to cover them?

    • Lynn Svenson
      Oct 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      We ordered 1 yard of each fabric.

  • Teresa
    Jan 6, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    How tall were the monsters?

  • Khadija
    Feb 4, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Hi. Do you have any suggestions on where I can get the type of wood you used to make these? I’d like to make something similar for my son’s birthday.

    • Lynn Svenson
      Feb 7, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Lowe’s or Home Depot

  • Teresa
    Feb 12, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Do you remember if the fabric you used was faux fur shag or faux fur gorilla? Thanks 🙂