Bookstagram has only grown in popularity over the years. It’s been an amazing hobby for me. I get to talk books with people who love books as much as I do! It can be really easy to spend a lot of money if you love books as much as I do. Bookstagram is full of bookish candles, flowers, crowns, bookish merch, and of course BOOKS. I’m sure some people have stayed away from making a bookstagram account because they don’t have the money to spend to make their account look they way they want.
I’m here to show you some ideas you can use to get yourself an awesome bookstagram account without breaking the bank.
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Use Your Phone
You likely have smart phone with a camera. Technology today is pretty great. The camera on your phone is actually pretty decent. MANY bookstagrammers use their phones for their pictures.
My secret is using filters for my editing to make my pictures really pop. I shared my favorite photo editing apps here.
Use What You Have
Shirt from my closet, cup of tea, and a book I already have.
Take a look in your closet! Sweaters are a great photo prop. You can capture the texture of the sweater for a particularly cozy aesthetic. Scarves are also amazing.
Maybe you have some great art or knick knacks laying around. I know you have mugs in the kitchen. Dig it all out and see what it looks like in different set ups.
Beg, Borrow But Don’t Steal
Okay, maybe you don’t have a lot of things that would look good in photos. How about a family member? Friend? Roommate? Ask to borrow a few pieces to see if you like how they look in photos.
Before I bought my own flowers, I would borrow my mom’s.
Protip: If you’re going to borrow other’s belongings, take lots and LOTS of pictures. You can build yourself up a nice backlog of photos to use so you don’t need to constantly borrow things if you don’t want to.
Use Library Books
Don’t have books? No problem, get yourself a library card and you’ll have access to tons of books.
Depending on where your library places the barcode, you may need to get creative with props.
E-books work too! I just turned the brightness way up to make sure you could see the cover.
Try The Dollar Store
The dollar store can be your best friend. Before I made the jump to buying more expensive flowers, I tried the dollar store. Obviously, selections vary by store but you can find some great bouquets.
Cheap Candles Can Be Just As Beautiful As Expensive, Bookish Candles
Before I had my giant collection of bookish candles from subscription boxes, I checked out my local Wal-mart. Their Mainstays candle collection has 3 oz glass jar candles for ~$1 a piece. They come in bright colors which show up pictures. You could buy an entire rainbow of candles for less than $10.
The dollar store also tends to have a decent collection of candles. I’ve seen some really interesting containers for the candles as well.
Use a Consistent, Clean Background
The easiest way to upgrade your bookstagram account is to have a CLEAN (no laundry, dirty dishes, or toys) background. I’ve seen some people use their wooden dining tables. Others use their white sheets on the beds. You know what you have at home.
I have none of the above so I made a “splurge” purchase of a paper photo backdrop. I spent ~$10 at Hobby Lobby for my wooden background. Just that little change has made my photos look SO much more professional.