In my most recent blog post I shared over 35 creative photos to post this Christmas! Today I wanted to share another list with you – props to make your holiday photos more festive! I get so many kind comments and messages about my decor, flatlays, and how I get my photos bright white. The first step in getting these photos is using cute props as filler! I find most of my props at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, JoAnn’s, and Target, but will link some options below!
You can keep photos simple by just using multiples of one prop in each photo (ex. use a handful of pinecones in one photo with no other props) – arranging them sporadically or evenly if you want a more symmetrical look. If you’re showcasing an outfit, a book, makeup, etc., use a few different props as filler to make the photos more festive for the holidays (twinkle lights, a candy cane, or ribbon). You can use these same tips in other seasons – just swap out the props for ones that fit the season!
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Ornaments are fun ways to add character to a photo – you can use simple glass ball ornaments or more decorative ones to spruce it up. My favorites are simple white or silver sparkly ornaments!
Fairy lights or strand lights
I have these fairy lights (only $5!) that I use in garland and inside glass jars. You can also intertwine these lights in a flatly or lay them in the background of a photo for a more whimsical feel. You can also use traditional string lights (colored or white) for a more traditional feeling Christmas photo.
Depending on what you’re taking a photo of, you can either use mini-candy canes or regular sized. There are also colored versions available if you want something other than red and white!
I purchased this pre-built gingerbread house and plan to set it up in the background of some photos once it’s decorated! There are also mini villages available if you need a smaller house for your photos.
I use fake snow when displaying products, but you can also sprinkle some at the bottom of your flatlay for a winter feel.
Mug with hot chocolate
Whether you’re showing off an outfit or doing product shots, a cup of hot chocolate is a simple prop that makes every photo feel more real. Depending on the angle, you may not have to have anything in your cup – no one will notice!
Ribbon and bows
Places like Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and JoAnn’s have a huge variety of ribbon up to 50% off! I love silk, velvet, and glittery ribbon for photos. You can include the spool in the photo as well! You can also use pre-made bows for filler.
If you’re showcasing a present you’re about to wrap, have some of the wrapping paper off in the corner. If you’ve already wrapped the gifts, you can add a couple different rolls of paper along the sides to look like your workstation. Some of my favorite wrapping papers are from TJ Maxx and the Sugar Paper LA collection at Target.
Gift tags are perfect props for Christmas photos, especially wrapped gifts or cards. You can have a small stack strategically placed by your gift. These gold and white tags are some of my favorites, but you can also find some unique tags at TJ Maxx and Hobby Lobby.
I bought three of these evergreen stems and have them placed in a jar for decoration. I used these for the background of my hand-selfie where I showed my new nail polish color. You can also use these along the bottom of a flat lay or in the background of a fashion post to add some greenery. Again, Hobby Lobby and Michael’s also have different variations to choose from.
Holly or mistletoe
You can find holly berry leaves at any store that sells greenery! Another option would be to use a wreath or garland with holly berries and frame up your photo with the greenery. This mistletoe bunch is cute to hang in a doorway for a picture kissing underneath, but can also be used for flatlays.
I got these cranberries as filler for a lantern, but can use them as some colorful decor in my flatlays.
If you have pine trees in your yard, head out and gather up some pinecones, if not, plenty of stores sell them!
When showing bedroom photos, having extra props around makes the photo feel cozier and that someone actually lives there. Set a pair of cute slippers by the bed when showing your holiday decor. They can also be a cute prop when taking a photo downwards towards your feet (ex. holding a cup of hot chocolate in front of the Christmas tree can feel more cozy if you have a pair of fluffy slippers on at the bottom of the photo). These reindeer slippers from Amazon are so cute and only $10! I also love these pom pom slippers!
I love bells and think they are such a cute addition to photos! You can get silver or gold bells at any craft store, but Sugar Paper LA has a collection at Target this year with some bell decor and I’m in love! I’ve purchased a few items for myself, but these cocktail stirrers are my favorite! They also have traditional bells in various sizes.
You can either have your pajamas folded up for a cute flatlay or have them on for a festive photo! I just ordered this plaid pajama set and these gray pajama leggings for some photo ideas I have planned.
Blankets always make photos feel cozier, so lay one over the couch, on the floor, as a background prop for your outfit photos, or as the background for a flatlay. My favorite are neutral colored blankets, but you can always get creative!
You can take a photo of your scarves stacked on top of each other, piled in a basket, around your neck, or as a flatlay prop. Scarves are another great prop to use in lieu of blankets – I have more scarves in my collection than blankets, so I can get a lot of different “blanket” type looks if I’m shooting a closeup and want a cozy feel – no one will know the difference! Use a mix of different fabrics, patterns, and colors to create some variety in your photos.
If you’re taking an outdoor photo, put on a pair of mittens for a more wintery feel! You can also use them in a flatlay around the house – try shooting a photo of your favorite scarf, mittens, and hat! I just ordered these mittens in cream (they’re currently under $10!)
I LOVE wreaths! There are so many different styles available and so many ways to style them in a photo. Take a photo of a wreath on your front door, on your windows, or indoors. You can also hold the wreath for a festive outfit shot or use it to frame up a flatlay.
You have lots of options with candles too! You can use traditional jar candles, candle sticks, shaped candles like these trees, individual candles, or tea lights! Lighting them makes the photo feel more warm and inviting, but also adds a yellow glow to your photo.
Whether you use gingerbread, frosted sugar cookies, or your favorite Christmas cookie recipe, adding cookies to your photo (or taking a photo of an entire plate of cookies) is a fun touch!