Looking for a fun way to celebrate the New Year with kids? How about DIY New Year’s photo props?! A few years ago we made these fun bow ties, hats, clock, mustaches (and more!) that you see below to use during our annual Countdown to Noon Year’s Party with friends. We paired these with a few other props like black hats and and a feathered boa.
wood dowels, craft sticks, or similar
patterned scrapbook paper
paint and paintbrush – optional
New Year’s printables – any free ones you find
Instructions for the DIY Photo Props
Bowties, Ties, and Hats
Find scrapbook paper in patterns that you like. On the backside, draw a simple tie and bow outline. Cut around it. On the front, draw black lines where the knots would be.
I drew a simple outline of a top hat on black cardstock and then cut around it. The white part is painted, but you could also use cardstock or even ribbon to make it. On the actual day, we also used black hats that were from Halloween costumes and a feathered boa.
New Year’s Signs
Either make a clock by drawing it yourself or do a quick search for free printable clocks. There are tons to choose from! I also did a quick search for Happy New Year! It would be fun to let the kids make their own signs too.
If you can’t find one with the year written on it, you could have the kids also make that or print one using Picmonkey, Word, or similar.
Lips, Mouths, and Mustaches
There are tons of free printable mustaches that you could use for photo props. If you do not like the printed look, black craft foam or cardstock is a great alternative. Draw simple moustache designs on the back side and cut out.
We also made lips and a goofy grin.
Putting the Photo Props together
There are several ways you could do this. For the stick, you could use wood dowels, craft sticks, decorative paper straws (shh, we used wood skewers because I had so many – just make sure the pointed in is the part attached to the pieces that you made and covered with duct tape or hot glue). I used tape to stick our pieces to the sticks, but a hot glue gun would also work well.
For the backdrop, we used silver wrapping paper. In the past, we have also used the plastic tablecloths you can pick up at the dollar stores or in the party sections of other stores. See our photo booth in action here including our kid-made New Year’s party glasses.