Five Affordable Props to Make Your Holiday Family Photos Amazing

Posted on 12/03/2013

Make your holiday family photos stand out from the rest with some fun and festive props. There's no need to search tirelessly for matching Santa sweaters for the entire family. Instead try one of these five affordable props to add creativity to your 2013 family Christmas card photo.

Fake Snow
Live in a warm climate? Then buy some fake snow for your photo shoot. Find inspiration from photographer Renee Hindman who used fake snow to create some beautiful family photos in San Diego. A one pound bag of Mica Flakes is on sale for just $8.99 at and you don't have to worry about it melting.

Merry Christmas Banner
Add some festive cheer to your holiday family photo with a banner. Mom and dad can each hold an end while the kids line up in the middle. The Merry Christmas Banner Kit from is just $12.50 and includes pre-cut shapes, pre-printed labels and ribbon. There's also one available for Hanukkah for $15.95.

Battery Operated Lights
Conducting your photo shoot in a forest, the middle of an ice skating rink or on Santa's sleigh? Bring Christmas lights wherever your photo shoot takes you with battery operated string lights. An 11-foot strand of white LED lights is just $3.25 on Amazon. Just don't forget the batteries!

Wooden Letters
Use wooden letters to spell out words like "family", "blessings" or "joy" like the Wilkes family did for their holiday photos. Unfinished wood letters are only $1.09 each at Paint them any color you wish and have each family member hold a letter.

Red Plaid Blanket
Use a red plaid blanket to sit on, cuddle up in or just to add a splash of holiday color to your family photo shoot. Draw inspiration from Tracie and Johnny's timeless engagement session featuring the cozy red blanket. The cashmere-like Plaid Acrylic Throw from JCP Home is just $40 and comes in the perfect classic red plaid.

By Alison Storm

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