Everyone and their cat has a hashtag these days. I manage the social media for ION Restaurant – one of Connecticut’s award-winning vegan restaurants, go there! – and we’re no different.

We’re always looking for ways to immortalize our tofu burgers on the internets, so when we noticed every customer under the age of 40 Instagramming their meals, we decided to make it more fun with these tabletop photo booths..

Falling off my bike this weekend confirmed my own addiction to social media. Not because I Instagrammed the picture below immediately after it happened, but because as I was laying on the pavement, my first thought was “that would have made a fantastic Vine video.”

And it really would have. I landed on my face while trying to get on a sidewalk, because I am  horrible at bike riding. I didn’t learn how to ride a bike at the normal age, because my parents bought me a pink bike and I refused to ride it, on account of it being pink. By the time they gave in and bought me a socially acceptable black and green Huffy, the 90’s skooter craze had taken over, and I never developed proper bike-riding skills..

Thankfully, I finished these tabletop photo booths just in time to help disguise the ugly cut on my face. And also to encourage social media usage while dining at restaurants. Because manners are dead.

If you don’t happen to manage the social media for your favorite vegan restaurant, these would also be fun to  put on the table at parties, weddings, and other events. They’re great ice breakers and way more fun than those triangle peg games. If you’ve ever been to a Friendly’s then you know exactly what I’m talking about.


You can get all these materials at any craft store! promises promises. 

  • Assorted wooden cutouts (peace signs, hearts, twitter birds, etc)
  • Pre-cut glitter crowns
  • Black and red stock paper
  • White Sharpie Marker
  • Glass Jar
  • Small Bolt
  • String
  • Hot glue gun
  • Thin popsicle sticks
  • Black and a few other colors of paint (spray paint works)
  • Rice (to put inside glass jar)
  • Spray paint the thin popsicle sticks black and let dry while you work on the other pieces.
  • Paint the wooden cutouts, and write your messages on black stock paper with the white Sharpie.
  • Trace mustache, glasses, and lip cutouts from the black and red stock paper
  • Hot glue the popsicle sticks to all cutouts and signs, and let dry.
  • Hot glue a small bolt to the glass jar and thread “photo booth” sign with string. Hang sign on bolt and hot glue.
  • Fill jar 1/4 way full with rice and insert photo booth items.