Newborn Swaddling Wrap Ideas

Our newborn swaddling wraps have a magnitude of uses that are often overlooked. Portrait photographers and parents who are taking their own DIY newborn photos rave about baby wraps and the newborn swaddle but in reality there are more uses for our wraps than just to pose a newborn.

It’s been a known fact that our exclusive stretch wraps work best in getting that newborn into a snug and comfortable pose. When you have the stretch and give of the fabric it’s much easier to get that baby to pose into positions than a fabric that doesn’t stretch like your standard cotton receiving blanket.

When searching for the perfect newborn wrap, and one that’s functional after newborn photos, it’s important to find one that is of a high quality. You need that photo prop to last and not fall apart after the first wash. It also has to be super soft so it does not irritate the baby’s sensitive skin. It’s hard to know what a product feels like when buying online but you can buy with confidence when reading the reviews on our website. If a customer doesn’t like the product they will be sure to tell you that in the review they write. It’s a good thing for us, that the majority of our reviews are 5 stars!

Traditional Newborn Swaddle – Stretch wraps work wonderfully whether you are doing the taco pose or the baby is sleeping on his back while swaddled and surrounded by the softest faux fur.

Mommy & Me – Our newborn wraps can be draped over the baby for a more sophisticated look. This looks especially eloquent when mom is in a maternity gown.


Mommy & Belly – Many of our wraps are large enough to use during pregnancy.


Pets & Props – Venture out and put a wrap around your feline’s neck or have it flowing out of a basket of puppies.


If you are certain that you are done with photos and will have no other use for it, Moms can wear it as a summer or fall fashion scarf.


DIY Faux Fur Booster Car Seat Cover

Moms & Dads,

Our faux fur fabrics have a magnitude of uses that you may not have initially thought of-they aren’t just for baby pictures! In the next few months, you will read about our other uses for photo props in our DIY blog series.

The owner’s daughter is a fanatic for anything faux fur (primarily because her mom is the go-to-fur-lady). In stores Lil’ points out fur, on television, you name it. If there is fur, it’s a must that they have to go touch it and talk about the type of fur and quality. It’s really adorable to see her strong passion at such a young age.

Lil’ was in need of a new booster seat since the cover on hers was stained from that forbidden eating in the car. Oops… Instead of buying a whole new booster when she only needed the eliminate the stains on the cover, she refinished upholstered it with faux fur. It is super easy to do a DIY faux fur booster seat or car seat cover.

To make your own DIY kids booster seat cover, here is what you will need:

  • 1 Hot glue gun
  • 4 High temp glue sticks
  • 1 Faux fur from Custom Photo Props
  • Measuring tape (or you can wing it like the Kerri did 🙂
  • Car seat cover that’s being upholstered
  • Marker

Lay your faux fur upside down on your work table. Place your booster seat pad on top of the fur so you can trace around the pad for shape.**Leave 1.5  – 2 inches surrounding the cover which allows you to tuck the edges of the fur on the underside of the pad. This is very important! Trace the pad onto the fur. Cut the fur. This part can be a little messy so make sure you have a garbage can near. Clean up the edges to remove any loose fibers. Place the used pad onto the fur. (The fur is still supposed to be upside down as well as the pad.) Take your hot glue gun and start gluing the underside of the fur to the bottom of the pad. You will not see these edges that are glued so you don’t have to worry about it being perfect. The bottom of the pad will be hidden when you connect it to the base. You can attach it to the base within 10 minutes and start using your new fancied-up booster!

This faux fur car seat booster for toddlers or kids is something that any kid and adult will think is super cool! As a matter of fact, Lil’s friends have asked their moms to make them one! The family has both of their boosters covered in a fur that matches their car. The one cover is upholstered in a purple fur which matches her dad’s muscle car. Let me tell you, it’s a hit at the car shows!!

Please note that due to daily use and the repetitive motion of getting on and off the seat, the fur will eventually get slightly matted. Her seat cover lasted about 9-11 months before they replaced it with a new fur. You can find their clearance furs in their Etsy store. The old fur was relatively easy to take off and replace.

If you have any questions about this DIY project, please email or call us @ 716-951-8021


DIY Keepsake Shadow Box featuring used Photo Props

There are many styles and themes that you can go with when making a shadow box for your baby. Go with whatever fits your taste and home decor. Remember that you are designing this around the used props so make sure that the colors you choose do not clash with each other.

In our example below, you will see that the photo session was strictly a Do-it-yourself newborn session with photo props. I firmly believe that if you add Quality photo props it will make your portraits look much more professional.

I  had all of the supplies for this project but I did need to hit my local craft store to pick up the shadow box. Mine was purchased from A.C. Moore Crafts at 50% off which was a really great deal at $14.00! I love how it has a magnetic closing feature which makes designing this so much easier. This may be something you want to consider when purchasing.

This shadow box took me a little over an hour, including design time.

Variety of items that you will need to complete a shadow box using your newborn photo props:

  • Shadow box. Keep in mind it must be large enough to fit everything that you want inside. This one is 10″x 12″. I wish I purchased one a little larger but loved the look of it regardless.
  • Double sided tape
  • Tacks
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbooking paper. You won’t need much.
  • Buttons, dried flowers, scraps of vintage fabrics, lace, ribbon, etc..
  • Scrapbooking scissors
  • Personalized baby articles: used newborn photo props, photo of the baby wearing the photo props, lock of hair, umbilical cord, foot print, hospital band, welcome cards, baptism bib, hospital card.

I recommend gathering all of your supplies ahead of time and laying it out before gluing, taping, or sticking anything down to minimize the risk of damaging anything fragile.

As you can see in our shadow box, I included the headband that baby “M” was wearing during her newborn photo shoot.  Draped over the shadow box is a fabric layer that baby “M” was laying on during some of the setups. Including these items in the shadow box takes this memorable home decor to a new level. As time goes by-and we know it goes by fast after you have a baby-you can reflect on  how small your baby was and daydream about those delicate baby features and baby powder smells.

Other Uses for Baby Photo Props

Are you a mom or dad who has purchased newborn or baby photo props for his or her newborn pictures and you just don’t know what to do with the props now that the shoot is over? We all know that newborn and baby photo props are an investment in and of itself – set aside the cost of a professional photographer. There are a lot of uses for these props after the photo shoot.

We will go into depth on these items and how they are made/used in future posts. This list is a general idea for DIY newborn photographers or family of the baby who want to repurpose their used photo props.

Dual uses for your used photo props are:

  • Personalized shadow box for the baby
  • Handmade baby blanket
  • Upholstered baby furniture
  • Upholstered baby car seat covers
  • Repurposed doll clothing
  • Handmade decor for the nursery. Think fur rug, accent piece, etc..
  • Doll furniture
  • Pet beds or bedding
  • Up-cycled clothing such as fur vest, bootie covers
  • Baby quilts
  • Ladies scarf







Multiple Uses for Newborn Photo Props

Remember our old post about Other Uses for Newborn Photography? This is the PERFECT example of how to use our products in a fresh, creative way.


Traci Hartman Gassen with Pink Toenails Photography gave us the lo-down on how she created this fabulous Tepee using one of our Vintage Ruffle Drapes – “I use twine for the bamboo sticks…which you can find in any garden center for about 5-8 bucks. I tied the fabric around this one…I cut a hole through the middle of a circle table cloth on another. Then drape the layer over 1 bamboo stick and fix the lace down the side. I love the little layer she is sitting on here with the lace too.”



How great is that?? If any of you have other awesome ways you use our products, please share! We love new ideas 😀


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