You may not know what pampas grass is (it’s new news to me too), but a DIY photo backdrop is basically universal! And since New Years is right around the corner, I figured this would be perfect timing for a DIY photo booth idea!
Sure, NYE is usually followed by the majority of the population writing the wrong date for the entire month of January, but it also brings other fun things. For instance, it’s well-known for countdown kisses, cheers’ing, kids (and new parents) trying to stay awake until midnight, and loooots of photos. So many photos!
Thanks to technology and some key craft supplies (pampas grass not required, lol), you can make a legit photo booth with live albums for guests to scroll through at home with Google Home Hub.
To make it even cooler, Google Photos can automatically update the stream of photos taken so that friends and family that couldn’t make it to the party can see photos of their favorite people too!
I say favorite not because you have that one sibling that seems to always get the better gift, but because you know grandma and grandpa actually just want to see photos of the grandbaby automatically loading to their Hub instead of your friends from college, haha!
All you have to do is select the people that you want Google Photos to recognize, and as you snap photos throughout the night it will automatically sync to Live Albums so your family can see them on their Google Home Hub straight from the NYE bash. It’s so awesome, you guys!!
Gwen is obviously the shining star of our family since she’s the only grandchild, so she willingly modeled this setup for us…
Spray paint (optional if you’d like to add color to your pampas)
Starburst twinkle lights (optional)
Tension rod (optional for hanging the plumes)
I can’t quite finish a DIY project unless there’s some color involved, so I spray painted a few of our pampas grass stems in light pink, coral, and peach and let them dry.
Next, I knotted fishing line around three stems to create bunches to hang from the ceiling so that the install was a bit faster. Be sure to leave an excess amount of fishing line on one end so they can hang at staggered heights.
To let them hang, you can use a tension rod if you need something that won’t alter the room or ceiling with holes, etc. You could also pin them to the wall if that’s easier, too.
While the starburst twinkles lights aren’t necessary, I think they’re SO fun! They’re battery operated, and we just hung the battery (hook comes pre-installed) on the back of the pampas branches and taped them upright to face the camera.
Now all you have to do is set out your Google Home Hub for guests to view photos on. For setting up your Live Albums, you can follow these steps, then you’re all set!
This is definitely a project that you can prep well in advance of your party, which is a beautiful thing when you have 5,000 things to do before the guests arrive!
Sequences simulated and shortened. Google Photos account required.