Softies are such fun to make and even better to share. The smile of delight from a child or happy adult when they clutch something I made is the best feeling in the world. Showing off my handiwork on the web is almost as fun, with friendly feedback arriving from around the globe.
After making so many toys this year it was probably inevitable that I'd start collecting display props to aid in photographing them. Doll beds, chairs, and stands are available online, in hobby shops and sometimes at thrift stores. But you needn't limit yourself to traditional display tools. I've assembled a few of my favorite props here for those of you who want inspiration. Many work for both product photography and home display of your toys.
This is my latest purchase - a vintage doll bed that folds flat for storage. I plan to sew a little mattress and quilt for it soon. You can see how charming it looks for doll photography. I like its perfectly shabby white paint. It cost $15 at an antique show. There are more elaborate doll beds on Ebay and Etsy, but this simple one works for me.
Wicker doll furniture and baskets are common items at the thrift store. Clean, add white spray paint and they're ready to use. This is a fairly large doll chair - I've seen smaller ones as well. Both chair and basket were $4 each. (Doesn't blue-haired Artie look relaxed and ready for a cocktail in that chair?)
Dolls often need something to prop them upright. I use small glassware or vases behind the toy or pose them against something white so the focus remains on the toy. On the left is a chair-shaped candle holder from the thrift store ($2). On the right is a romantic metal lantern from TJ Maxx ($8).
No matter how you prefer to photograph or display your softies, a pile of them always looks like fun. Stuff them in a basket and put them within reach of kids and friends alike. I guarantee they'll bring on the smiles!