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PICTURE PERFECT: Creative Ways to Display & Re-Purpose Your Photo Booth Strips

Updated: Dec 1, 2023

A photo strip for an 85th birthday party
From the desk of Jeanette Schenk, owner of Shortcake Photo LLC and Hammie The Photo Booth

Are you still holding onto those nostalgic photo strips? (I'll be honest...I have one that I've kept since high school!) You probably have a collection of them from fundraising events, corporate parties, weddings, birthdays, graduations, etc. They're just sitting in your junk drawer because you don't know what to do with them (and you don't want to throw them away!), right? Well, go grab your collection and try some of these fun ideas!

Create a photo strip garland: Cut your photo strips into smaller squares and use mini clothes pins to hang each photo from a piece of twine, ribbon or string. Display the garland on a wall (or from the ceiling for a festive touch!).

Create a photo strip diary: Use a scrapbook or notebook to create a diary made out of your photo strips. Add stickers, captions, embelishments and memories (and secrets, of course!)! You could even invite your friends to add their own captions to shared memories (or, like below, use it as a creative way to ask your bestie to be your Maid of Honor!).

A scrapbook page with a photo strip
Will you be my Maid of Honor?

Create an album: If you're hosting a wedding or event and have a photo booth, be sure to have each of your guests add a photo strip to a guest book album and write a little something next to their picture! This is so much more meaningful than your traditional wedding "guest book" and folks really enjoy adding their goofy pictures to this cherished album.

Use them as bookmarks: They're already cut to the length of a traditional bookmark, so just laminate them! If you like, punch a hole near the top and thread a ribbon or tassel through to add just a little more pizzazz.

Make a collage: Cut up your photo strips and create a collage on a piece of cardboard or poster board. You can arrange the images in a specific pattern, like a heart or star, or just place them randomly for a fun, eclectic look.

DIY gift tags: Cut your photo strips into smaller squares and attach them to gift bags or boxes as a personalized gift tag.

Make a photo strip mobile: Punch a small hole at the top of each photo strip and hang them from a wooden dowel or embroidery hoop to create a unique mobile.

Use them as place cards: Cut photo strips into individual frames and use them as place cards at a dinner party or family event.

A photo strip bookmark
How will you repurpose your photo strip?

Looking for a photo booth that can hold you AND all of your friends? Located in Portland, Oregon, traveling trailer Hammie The Photo Booth holds up to 8 adults comfortably (or, if drinking is involved, maybe even a few more!).

Accessorize your home or office (or, home office!): Stick a handfull of strips in a short vase, so they poke out like flowers and plop it on a shelf. Glue some of your favorites to a piece of white craft paper and put it in a frame that's sitting around. Place some in an unused pencil holder and plop them on your desk at work (it'll be a great conversation starter!).

Turn them into magnets: Leave them as strips, or cut out your favorite images and glue a magnet to the back. Voila! Add it to your fridge decor.

Whatever you do, HAVE FUN!

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