The ultimate flatlay props

Friday, 25 August 2017

I like to think my photography game has improved over the years - exhibit A, B and C. It's still not the best it could be, but I'm proud to say I've upped my game, and put a lot of time and effort into perfecting my content. Flatlays are still something relatively new to me, but they're one of my favourite styles of photos to take, albeit the messiest too. I like to think I've got myself a little collection of props and accessories perfect for any flatlay and thought I'd share them with you..

Make-Up & Make-up tools. Make-up is an easy one - I have a few pretty highlights and palettes I like to sneak into my flatlays, and when your brushes and eyelash curlers are copper, can you really avoid using them too?

Stationary. Every blogger has pretty stationary. I picked up some copper clips from Wilko a while ago, and my friends got my the cutest marble notebook for my birthday this year. Washi tape is also a great addition!

Books. Books are another easy one, they can also be useful for product shots.

Technology. I often shoot with my laptop or phone in shot.

Ribbon & Gems. Ribbon can be so pretty to run through flatlays - you can easily pick this up from a craft shop or online for really cheap. The gems I found in The Range, perfect for a little glam!

Accessories & Jewellery. I have some really pretty jewellery and often put my sunnies or watch in a flatlay too.

Fake flowers/plants. I love having artifical plants in my room - real flowers are too much maintenance! I bought this grass pot from wilko and the lavendar bunch from BHS years ago (rip). You can also get fake flowers from places like The Range, Dunelm and online.

Perfume. Perfume always comes in pretty bottles - put that to use!

And there we have it! Hopefully you found this post useful. For me, my bog photography is all about experimenting and playing about with things until I'm happy with how it looks. It's all bout picking bits and pieces up here and there and making a collection of useful props. What are your favourite flatlay props to use?

Lucy x


  1. I love to use flowers, mostly fresh from my garden and I recently bought ribbons but I haven't used them yet. I also love to use fabrics to give some texture to my photos! Happy Friday :)


  2. These are gorgeous pictures Lucy, your photography is just stunning at the moment! xxx

  3. Really need to pick up some more photo props, I just dont do too many flatlays and the like so I always forget. But then when I do go to take any product shots if I want to do a beauty post or whatever, I'm like errrr so what do I use in this photo?! LOVE using flowers in pics too, I need to pick up some fake ones but I've not managed to find any that dont look way too fake just yet haha xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

  4. I love love love this photos! Flatlays are so much fun to experiment with. I love all these prop ideas. My favourites are flowers and ribbon xx

    Lauren |

  5. I looove this post. You're the flatlay QUEEN that graces my Instagram feed, so I really appreciate hearing these tips from you!

    Jade x |

  6. I love ribbons, books and flowers, they are my go to flat lay props!

    Danielle xx

  7. What a great post!! Definitely got some inspiration :) This is so pretty!

    Fatima x

  8. Loved this post, and I'm really loving your photography - ribbon, and other lil accessories are fab for flatlays!

    Lucy | Forever September

  9. Your flat lays are looking prettier and prettier. I mainly use flowers, but really need to invest a few more bits x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty 

  10. Ah I agree with all of these.. props are the most important!

    xx Lisa |

  11. weewwww flat lay queen! love this post gal!
    jen, velvet spring x

  12. Such a helpful post! I don't do many flat lays but bookmarking this for when I do! Kinda wish I had a rose gold iPhone now instead of my black Samsung haha!

  13. Great ideas! I love to use flowers, throws, stationery and confetti etc. as props in my blog photos xx

    Ioanna | ❥

  14. I love your flat lays! They're always so pretty. Definitely taking note!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  15. This is such a helpful post especially coming from you as your flat lays are always beautiful!! I've been trying to incorporate faux flowers into my images more recently as well as ribbon
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

  16. I actually love using small things, but I think it depends on what type of object you're capturing!

    I'm always looking for new tips and props so I can manage to get a cute flatlay! This was helpful!

    Following :)
    Carol xx

  17. I love thejuse of plants as they make everything look sooo much better!! Do you have tips on the positioning of flatlays? I always get confused about how many items to add, the idea of space around each object, etc.


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