8 Instagram Props Every Blogger Needs To Have

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Last updated on May 17th, 2020

Photography relaxes me. I love staging photos, coming up with ideas and finding the perfect angle that really makes a photo come to life. One thing I’ve been doing over the last couple of years is growing my collection of Instagram props to use within my photos.

I’ve found that a collection of good photo styling props can help you change the way your Instagram image looks by giving it more depth and bringing it to life!

Having a variety of Instagram props at your disposal will help your content creation process go much smoother! So without further ado, here are the 8 Instagram proper every blogger needs to have!

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1. Fake Flowers

While fresh flowers are always a beautiful touch in photos, they start to get expensive! My favorite Instagram photo styling prop by far is fake flowers, fake succulents and fake greenery.

Here are a couple of affordable and versatile options to consider:

For $10-$20, you can have flowers that will last you (and that you don’t need to worry about killing #blackthumb).

The Instagram Prop in Action:

See that succulent over on the left-hand side of the photo? Well, it’s 100% fake and makes a great addition to the photo by giving it a little something extra in the background.

It’s a vertsatile photo styling prop that you’ll never get sick of.

2. Wallpaper & Poster Paper

Wallpaper is another one of my favorite Instagram props. When I first started out, I bought some marble wallpaper to take my flat-lays on, however, you can get any type of wallpaper or posterboard that fits your brand!

A flat-lay is a photo that has been taken from above, which usually showcases a variety of different items and using wallpaper or poster paper behind the image gives the look of a nice and clean surface.

You can also use your floor if you have nice floors, but for those who want something simple and uniform, paper works great.

The Instagram Prop in Action:

Here is a flatlay with some pretty items arranged strategically.

Wallpaper works great to use as a base for your flat lays. The photo above uses white posterboard, but I could have easily swapped in some marble wallpaper to make it look like it was taken on a marble top, and give the photo an elegant feel.

3. Books and Magazines

Books are a favorite of mine because they add lots of depth and different dimensions to photos. You can use them to stack, you can put other items on top or you can use them as props yourself (i.e. take a photo of you reading the book).

Books are a very versatile Instagram prop and you probably already have some laying around that you can use.

Opened books will add extra texture to your photos, and you can stack them to add additional height.

4. Candles

I love candles, but I like to save my fancy candles to burn and enjoy. For my Instagram photos, I don’t like the look of half-used candles so I usually pick up a couple cheap candles for the purpose of photos and only use them. That way, I get to burn and enjoy my nice candles, and continue to use my cheap candles as Instagram props!

The Instagram Prop in Action:

In the above photo, I have a candle that matches my color scheme, along with some fake flowers near the front of the photo that add a bit more texture to the image!

5. Faux Sheepskin

Faux sheepskin is very popular and in my opinion very chic. Faux sheepskin is a staple Instagram prop to have as it adds a nice texture to photos and can be used for flat lays, any photo that is taken from above or draped over your furniture!

The Instagram Prop in Action:

This faux sheepskin is under $20 and if I could only choose one thing from this list I think this would be it!

6. Material + Burlap

Another easy way to add texture to your photos is through the use of fabric and different materials. Depending on what your brand is and what your Instagram looks like, different colors and texture of materials can add a nice touch to your imagery.

This burlap is $5 and is the easiest way to add an extra element to your images. I also found these scarves for under $10 that come in a variety of pretty pastel colors so you always have plenty of colors on hand!

7. Vintage-Looking Bottles

Perfume is expensive but you don’t actually need to buy the perfume to get the cool-looking bottle. Head over to your local antique or thrift store and see if you can find some nice bottles!

If not, these antique-bottles are around $10 (for four different ones) and are a great addition to your photo styling prop collection.

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The Instagram Prop in Action:

While these are brand-name bottles, yours definitely don’t have to be (seriously – don’t spend $500 on bottles!). And look! Our faux sheepskin also makes a debut in this photo (see, these props are very versatile).

8. Random Accessories

You probably have some extra accessories laying around that you can use for your photos so you don’t need to worry about purchasing anything here!

You can use anything ranging from earrings, rings, bracelets and sunglasses to add something extra to your photos.


If you take a look at all of the above photos, most of them contain nearly every single one of these items but they all look completely different! It just does to show how mixing up the items and shooting from different angles can produce a completely different image.

These 8 Instagram props are staples and are something you can always count on to help you produce gorgeous imagery that your followers will love and will help you grow your brand on Instagram.



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Dana Nicole is a freelance content marketer. She has a Bachelor of Business with a major in marketing and has over 10 years of experience in marketing. She's passionate about Instagram marketing, blogging and SEO. Dana currently works with B2B and SaaS clients and uses her blog to help small businesses and bloggers learn online marketing!

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