50 Flatlay Photography Props For Your Prop Drawer


When I moved out the first thing I wanted to do was seriously up my flatlay game and create a flatlay prop drawer that I could draw upon when I needed some inspiration. It worked well, admittedly the drawer has now become overrun with receipts and just general junk, but the thought was there.

Flatlays are honestly my favourite thing about Instagram, I love being creative and putting pictures together that I know I would love if I spotted them on my feed. It does help having a prop box drawer or box of some kind so you’re never short of different ways to style a flatlay. Whether you’re looking for some guidance on flatlays or are running short on some prop ideas, these 50 flatlay props will seriously help you to up your flatlay game in no time, you’ll probably have a good majority of the things on this list too!

1. Quote cards (Paperchase have a really good choice and are cheap too!

2. Cheap rings (I have about 3 packs from Primark)

3. Flatlay cards for backgrounds- I use the Range, Hobbycraft, Paperchase for mine – use wrapping paper too!

4. Books – stack them up to add some texture or feature their Instagrammable covers (see above)

5. Fairy lights

6. Candles

7. Cactus’

8. Flowers – a few stems set off any flatlay

9. Tea cups (with tea in. Or coffee)

10. Glasses/sunglasses

11. Watches

12. Scarves – use them at the back of the image to build texture

13. All the makeup

14. Laptop/Macbook

15. Calendar – perfect for 1st day of the month posts

16. Bags/makeup pouches/ cute purses

17. Notebook and pen

18. Ring holders (I love my little Saskia)

19. Coasters

20. Prints (A4, A2, A5 – do your thing!)

21. Cake – cake always looks good as a prop, whole or with a bite taken…

22. Hats – boater hats with a saying on them, berets, flat caps

23. Cameras

24. Rugs/Throws for building texture into the image

25. Macaroons

26. Leaves – perfect for nailing that autumnal shot

27. Pretty shoes! 

28. Sequins

29. Magazines

30. Trinket dishes

31. Saucers (pretty saucers for rings and bits and bobs)

32. Mini eggs – because why the hell not! Pastel perfection.

33. Diaries

34. The screensaver of your laptop

35. Any Lush Cosmetics product

36. Slogan tee/jumper

37. Pretty phone cases

38. Underwear

39. Bikinis (for a holiday packing post)

40. Makeup brushes

41. Perfume bottles

42. Eucalyptus

43. Passport/luggage tag

44. Headphones

45. Pizza, because Pizza

46. Bath caddy/tray – totally killing the bathtime flatlay game right now

47. Wooden chopping boards for food flatlays in bed

48. Photographs/Polaroids

49. Phones – Iphone/Ipod

50. Cutlery – cute cutlery at that

Maybe, I’ll do a part 2 to this soon! If you’re looking for further inspiration, take a look at my Flatlay board on Pinterest, I’m close to 1,000 + pins on there now…Not obsessed or anything.

Do you have any other flatlay prop ideas? What are the 3 props you can’t live without?

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