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This is a GIF Photo Booth that I made for my wedding. I didn't want to spend a ton of money renting one so I decided to DIY a (relatively) low-cost version. While this seems really complex on first glance, if you've ever built something using a microcontroller before, this project is actually fairly easy. It's definitely easier than planning a wedding. That much is for certain.

Anyhow, this photo booth takes a series of 6 images, compresses them into a GIF file and then uploads it to Giphy. In doing this it creates a great online archive of your special event. The fact that it creates animated image sequences makes it super-fun for your guests to play with, and everyone has a great time using it. It was a big hit.

Step 1: Materials

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Materials you will need:

(x1) Raspberry Pi starter kit
(x1) Raspberry Pi camera V2
(x1) Thumb drive
(x1) 12" camera extension cable
(x1) LCD screen
(x1) HDMI cable
(x1) USB extension port
(x1) USB hub
(x1) USB keyboard
(x1) USB mouse
(x1) 1/4" mono jack
(x1) Power jack
(x1) 6-pin female header
(x1) 12V to 5V power adapter
(x1) 12V power supply
(x1) 25' 1/4" to 1/4" mono cable
(x1) Foot pedal switch
(x1) Video tripod
(x2) 16" x 1-1/4" x 1-/14" x 1/8" thick aluminum bars *
(x6) 1/4-20 x 3/8" thumb screws (for back panel)
(x6) 6-32 x 3/8 flathead bolts (for front panel)
(x4) M4 x 10mm bolts (for screen)
(x2) M2 x 8mm bolts (for camera)
(x2) #4 x 1/16" spacers (for camera)
(x4 ) #4 x 1/8" spacers (for Raspberry Pi)
(x4) 4-40 x 3/8" bolts (for Raspberry Pi)
(x2) 6-32 x 3/8" bolts (for power converter)
(x1) Stranded wire
(x1) Assorted shrink tube
(x5) Small zip ties
(x1) 18" x 18" x 1/8" black acrylic
(x1) 18" x 18" x 1/4" black acrylic
(x1) 12" x 12" vinyl adhesive vinyl (optional)

* I purchased a 3' bar and cut it down to size.

Tools you will need:

(x1) Laser cutter (or other acrylic cutting tool)
(x1) Cricut vinyl cutter (optional)
(x1) Drill press
(x1) Tap machine (or tap wrench)
(x1) Transfer punches
(x1) Dead blow hammer
(x1) Screwdriver
(x1) 1/4-20 tap
(x1) 6-32 tap
(x1) 4-40 tap
(x1) M2 tap
(x1) #7 drill bit
(x1) #35 drill bit
(x1) 1/2" countersink bit
(x1) Hex wrench set
(x1) Wire stripper
(x1) Soldering iron setup
(x1) Heat gun

Please note that some of the links on this page contain Amazon affiliate links. This does not change the price of any of the items for sale. However, I earn a small commission if you click on any of those links and buy anything. I reinvest this money into materials and tools for future projects. If you would like an alternate suggestion for a supplier of any of the parts, please let me know.

Awwwwww this is so cute! For your wedding pics, I mean. The Instructable itself is really informative.
randofo (author)  winneremerald126 months ago
Thanks :)
msd-boston9 months ago
Great project, thinking about building for my kids school. Do you have a rough estimate of total cost of materials? Thanks!
randofo (author)  msd-boston9 months ago
I had a lot of the stuff already on hand, but I am guessing that if you had to buy everything needed it would probably cost somewhere in the range of $300 - $500. You may be able to get cheaper materials than I link to if you shop around.