I was asked recently by another blogger; why don’t I share where I find props for my flat lays. And I thought well, why don’t I!
Now I’m no trained photographer but I like to be creative with my flat lays and I’m always on the hunt for items I think would look great to compliment a photo.
I don’t tend to shop with particular items in mind. More I’m always keeping my eyes peeled for props when I go shopping.
Before I even decide what props to use, I always consider my back ground. And for this I tend to use either:
- My pale pink throw from Primark
- A large sheet of white card (try Hobbycraft)
- Wrapping paper (I found Matthew Williamson wrapping paper in a book store before- it’s beautiful)
- Wallpaper off cuts (I have a pale floorboard effect off cut from work- but also try DIY stores for samples)
Once I’ve got the back ground sorted and I’ve laid down my items to photo graph I consider what props to use. I tend to do a Google search for inspiration to get my creative juices flowing then have a play with the props I have.
Places I have found props in include:
- HobbyCraft– try their mache alphabet letters- you can decorate them to your style. Also great for ribbons and small decorative pieces
- Home Sense– this is where I get most of my props from, including faux flowers and decorative home ware pieces
- Ikea– great for inexpensive items in the Market Place section- check out the stationery section too
- Paperchase– for stationery, trinkets and post cards
- Car boots/Charity shops– Not one I normally try but if you can get to one you might find something unique and hopefully super affordable too
Check out some of my flat lays where I’ll list where I got the featured props from:
This background is the Matthew Williamson wrapping paper I mentioned earlier
This is my Primark pink throw, with a real pink flower and pencils from Homesense
The background is a faux grass runner from Tiger. But you can also get the same in John Lewis. The flowers are faux flowers from Homesense.
The background is again my Primark throw, with a string of silver colour balls (left over from Christmas!) and an silver A and faux flower from Primark. The star is another left over Christmas decoration. Lastly the quote is from a pack I found in Homesense.
The background on this flatlay is the floorboard effect wallpaper off cut. Using a pack of star confetti from Paperchase, a silver party hat and a star Christmas bauble. I also used my light box from gadget shop Mankind.
On this flat lay I used a large sheet of white card that I got in a pack from The Works. I also used a pot of red confetti that I found in a set again from The Works.
Again I used a sheet of white card for the back ground. The tulip is real but the pink and white flowers are faux flowers from Homesense.
In this flay lay I used the floorboard effect wall paper as the back ground.
Al a flat lay comes down to in my opinion is your imagination. Either like me keeping a look out for any available prop or seeking out a particular item, I find it all part of the fun of taking flat lays.
I’d love to know what flat lays props you use and where you find them. Sharing is caring. And if you don’t take flat lay photo’s yourself I’d love to know what you’re thoughts are. Feel free to comment below.
Love and hugs,
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