12 Flat Lay Props Every Blogger Needs

The lovely Lisa from Lisa’s Notebook asked me the other day if I would do a flat lay tips blog post as she thought my photos were gorgeous. Aw Lisa, what a compliment, thank you. This post is for you (and for anyone else who wants to know where to find some fun blogging props). So here are 12 of my favourite flat lay props which I have discovered over the months and where to find them.

1. Inspirational Cards

My most recent discovery are these Random Notes of Encouragement and Little Notes Of Praise by Bread&Jam. They are the ones in the photo that say the motivational phrases: Top Effort, Good Vibes Only, Be Kind To Yourself and Jolly Good Show Old Bean! I am excited to use them in future blogging photos as they have lots of fun and inspirational words of encouragement and praise. You can also get Random Notes Of Appreciation, Little Box Of Affection, Little Rays Of Sunshine & more!

2. Greetings Cards

Blogging props are everywhere. When I was in the garden centre with my mum, I was browsing the arty cards and found the pink cupcake card. Blog props can also land right on your doorstep; I was recently sent this fun colourful unicorn card from my friend Damo and think it makes the most perfect colourful prop.

3. Washi Tape

I’m a bit of a washi tape addict have quite a few in my collection now. You can buy washi from high street shops like Paperchase and Tiger. I bought a pack of 8 Unicorn Star Washi Tapes from Paperchase and picked up these three fruity tapes on Amazon a while ago and they really brighten up any photo.

[Photo from: Fruiteatox Review]

4. Stickers

Stickers can be used as a way to add a bit of colour in and around your props. Again, you can buy really cool stickers from Paperchase and I also found these cute Vintage French Teacups on Amazon which can be added into the background to brighten up any photograph. Your Vibe Attacts Your Tribe mini inspirational card is from Treatbox.

[Photo from: 30 Simple Ways To Be Kind]

5. Postcards

You can probably guess by now that Paperchase is one of favourite shops for blog props. You can get so many fun and eye catching postcards. Don’t forget to check out small businesses too! Pastel Elixir do some really cool items, such as the ‘I like yummy things’ Hot Chocolate Postcard.

[Photo from: 6 Simple Ways To Reduce Stress]

[Photo from: Pastel Elixir Goodies]

6. Stationery

Paperclips, drawing pins, mini bulldog clips, and post it’s make the perfect stationery props. I found a colourful clip set in ASDA’s stationery section – you can always find affordable bits and bobs if you check out your local supermarket.

[Photo from: 10 Ideas For Your Bullet Journal]

7. Mouse Mat

Last year, I treated myself to a Sushi Mouse mat from Etsy (how cool!) and it has since made a few blog photo appearances. Etsy has so many handmade and unique mouse mat designs and you are also supporting small businesses too, what could be better than that.

[Photo from: 6 Simple Ways To Boost Creativity]

8. Magazines

My favourite magazines right now are In The Moment and Breathe. The covers are always so bright and vibrant (perfect for photos) and packed full of inspirational articles on health, mindfulness, creativity and much more!

[Photo from: 50 Things That Make Me Happy]

9. Polaroids

If you have seen my travel scrapbook posts, you will know I’m a big fan of polaroids. I get these printed from Printiki and I love that you can add little captions to each print. Add some stickers too for that extra splash of creativity!

[Photo from: Food From Around The World]

10. Keyboard/Mouse/Phone

When I saw this PINK KEYBOARD on Amazon I knew I needed it in my life. Fun fact: I don’t actually use the keyboard for anything practical, I just bring it out occasionally for blog photo time! Also, phone covers make the best blog props, why not buy a couple and change them for different photos.

[Photo from: My First Six Months Of Blogging]

[Photo from: 10 Simple Ways To Grow Your Twitter]

11. Stars and buttons

These wooden stars are my absolute favourite. I found them on Amazon last year and have since made a regular appearance on the blog. Another great shop for crafty blogging bits is The Works, I picked up a pack of colourful buttons – there is so much there and all so affordable too!

[Photo from: Improve Your Blogging Skills ft. Tangible Stationery Co.]

12. Highlighters

Last but not least, are the pastel highlighters which can be found in pretty much any stationery store. These are also fab if you are into your bullet journaling too!

[Photo from: Create Your Own Inspirational Scrapbook]

I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my current favourite blogging props. Let me know what are your favourites and what blog props are you loving at the moment? I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. May 7, 2018 / 7:25 am

    I love in the moment magazine too. I like to treat myself to this now and again and it stays on my bookcase for reference. 🙂

    • May 8, 2018 / 5:21 pm

      Thanks Liz! 💖 It’s such a fab magazine, full of inspirational articles and positivity 😍 xx

  2. May 7, 2018 / 7:32 am

    Lovely post! I like to use washi tape and flowers in my pictures. I love inspiring magazines! My current favorite is Project Calm magazine.

    • May 8, 2018 / 5:26 pm

      I treated myself to Project Calm last month and loved it! 💖 It’s definitely a relaxing and inspiring magazine. Yay for washi tape and flowers is a great idea ☺️. Thanks for the lovely comment Manon 😘 xx

  3. Lauren Harding
    May 7, 2018 / 7:41 am

    This post was really helpful! I’ll definitely be making an excuse now to head to paperchase! xx

    • May 8, 2018 / 5:32 pm

      He he, paperchase is my most favourite place! 😍 Glad you enjoyed the post Lauren 💖 xx

  4. May 7, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    I loved this post! I am ALWAYS looking out for good flatlay props, and Paperchase is one of my favourites too. Hobbycraft is also really good to pick up bits and bobs! One of my favourite props are coasters. They’re great for product photos, and you can do so much with them like place jewellery on them of just stack them up if they have pretty edges. 🙂

    Sneha | lifewithsneha.com

    • May 8, 2018 / 5:40 pm

      Thanks so much Sneha! 💖 Hobbycraft is a great idea, there is one not far from me, I definitely need to plan a trip there soon! 😍 Coasters are a brilliant suggestion too as you can get so many cool patterns and designs 😘 xx

  5. May 8, 2018 / 6:46 am

    I loved all the cute props you use for your pictures. Lisa is absolutely right your pictures are stunning Bexa. I will definitely try to add some of these props to my growing collection of props haha! You bullet journal and all the washi tapes, teacup stickers and those rose gold pins everything is so cute and pretty.

    Via |http://glossnglitters.com

    • May 8, 2018 / 5:47 pm

      Aww thanks so much Via! 💖 You are so sweet 😍. I think your photography is gorgeous too, I always love seeing your pics on my Instagram! Your style is so pretty 😘 xx

  6. May 8, 2018 / 8:56 am

    Aw, Bexa, thank you so much for the shoutout, you are lovely! This is a brilliant post, your photos are always gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your prop tips – even if it does mean I will be spending a lot in Paperchase next time I go to Bath, haha. My current favourite flatlay props are my artificial flowers (from eBay) although if the weather continues as it is then I’m hoping to add in a few fresh flowers from the garden over the summer! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • May 8, 2018 / 5:51 pm

      Aww thanks so much Lisa! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post 💖. He he, paperchase is my absolute fave place, I’m sure you will find lots of nice goodies ☺️. I love your photos too, the flowers are always so pretty! Can’t wait to see your real flowers too as your garden always looks so beautiful 😘 xx

  7. Rachael Stray
    May 8, 2018 / 9:50 am

    Some great tips here! Flat lays are something I want to up my game on.

    • May 8, 2018 / 5:55 pm

      Thanks Rachael! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  8. May 8, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    Your flatlays always look so incredible, I needed this blog post!!! Love all your photos Bexa, they really inspire me to up my flatlay game hahah!xx

    • May 10, 2018 / 9:29 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment Ellie! 💖 You are so sweet 😘🌷 xx

  9. Roxie Watt
    May 8, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    I love Printiki. I made a baby memory book for my little girl using polaroids. I love posts like this, so handy for newbie bloggers and anyone looking for a little inspiration.

    Roxie | thebeautifulbluebird.com

    • May 10, 2018 / 9:39 am

      Aw thank you so much Roxie! 💖 Printiki is such a great place for Polaroid’s, your baby memory book sounds like a lovely idea. I’m glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  10. May 8, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    Your photography is Amazing! Can you come take my photos please? 😂💕


    • May 10, 2018 / 9:40 am

      He he, thanks so much Mia, what a lovely compliment 😄💖 xx

  11. Jess
    May 8, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    I absolutely love your blog photos they always look amazing! Thanks for writing a post to share your tips I really need to up my photography skills and this has definitely helped! I’ll be keeping my eyes out for some cute little bits when I next go shopping, I love the look of those pastel highlighters!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

    • May 14, 2018 / 7:56 am

      Aw thank you so much Jess! The pastel highlighters are such a good blog prop and practical too! Enjoy your shopping trip! Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 💖 xx

  12. Neve Smith
    May 8, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    Love this! Your photos are so darn pretty and always are and tbh its obvs these tips you’ve been kind enough to share!!

    • May 10, 2018 / 9:40 am

      Thank you so much Neve 💖 so glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  13. May 8, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    This post is great! I’ve never thought to use postcards before. hobbycraft is my favourite place for blog props right now but think I might go and check out paperchase for some new pieces!

    • May 10, 2018 / 9:45 am

      Thanks so much Evie! 💖 Hobbycraft is such a great place for blog bits and bobs, great suggestion! I really want to go there again soon! 😍 xx

  14. May 8, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    This post is so helpful! I am always on the hunt for new props for flatlays and a lot of the time I have no idea where to start. Going to have a look online now and order some washi tape and postcards, I think they’d be a great addition to my flatlays!

    Fran | http://www.franciscarockey.co.uk

    • May 10, 2018 / 9:52 am

      Yay for washi tape and postcards 😍 I hope you found some cool stuff! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and thank you so much for the lovely comment Fran 💖 xx

  15. Sophie
    May 8, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    You do always feature the most gorgeous, bright and eye catching photos! I’ll definitely be heading to Paperchase next time I’m in Cambridge, and I wish I had a mouse now because I love sushi so that mat would be perfect!- https://sophiehearts.net x

    • May 10, 2018 / 9:53 am

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment Sophie! You are so sweet 💖. Sushi is delicious isn’t it 😍. Yay for Paperchase! Hope you find some nice goodies 😘 xx

  16. May 8, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    So many great ideas here! Your flatlays are gorgeous. I love adding in magazines to my photos or notebooks and postcards are such a good idea too! I tend to pick them up from paperchase for about 80p each! Xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    • May 10, 2018 / 9:54 am

      Thanks so much Tiffany! 💖 Paperchase postcards are always so fun and colourful, I can never resist popping in when I’m in town ☺️. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  17. Samantha
    May 8, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    This is such a helpful post, girl! I absolutely love your photos as they always stand out on my feed. There’s some great ideas here and I never thought of using a mouse mat, that’s genius!

    Samantha | https://believeinamiracle.co.uk

    • May 10, 2018 / 9:55 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment Samantha 💖. You are so sweet 😘. Glad you liked the mouse mat suggestion 😄 xx

    • May 10, 2018 / 9:56 am

      Thanks so much Ashleigh 💖. So glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  18. May 8, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    Such a great post! Always love how colourful and bright your blog photographs are! Would love to make my photographs more colourful and brighter! So helpful! 😘💕

    • May 10, 2018 / 10:03 am

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment Lauren 💖. You are so sweet 😘. Glad you found the post helpful xx

  19. May 8, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    Absolutely stunning photos and wonderful tips! I’m trying to improve my photos on my blog and social media I will definitely keep an eye out for things you have suggested to add more to my photos!
    Menna x

    • May 10, 2018 / 12:39 pm

      Aw thank you so much Menna 💖 that’s so sweet of you to say 😘. So glad you enjoyed the post xx

  20. May 8, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    Love ur post. 💙
    Well arranged and really looks beautiful and creative. Keep going.
    I hope someday I can be as good as you
    #inspiration. 🤗

    • May 10, 2018 / 12:44 pm

      Aw thank you so much, that’s such a lovely thing to say! 💖🌷 xx

  21. May 8, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    I love using postcards as props for my flatlays! They make such a difference and fill in those annoying tiny gaps

    • May 10, 2018 / 12:53 pm

      Thanks Nina! 💖 Postcards are so handy to add a splash of colour and definitely fill in gaps ☺️. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  22. May 8, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    I always look forward to see your posts! Thank you for sharing your tips 🙂

    • May 10, 2018 / 12:58 pm

      Aw thank you so much lovely! 💖 You are so sweet 😘🌷 xx

  23. May 8, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    Love this post Bexa! All your flatlay props are the cutest 😍 I definitely need to invest in some more props to spice my photos up a bit more! I especially love the little buttons and stars 💗

    • May 10, 2018 / 1:04 pm

      Aw thanks so much Andrea! 💖 So glad you enjoyed the post 😍 the stars and buttons are my faves xx

  24. May 8, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    oh wow! i can’t believe i never thought to use these things! i basically have all of them because i had a phase where I was really into decorating my planner! really helpful post!

    • May 10, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      Thanks so much Michelle! 💖 Yeah I use a lot of stationery kinda props as I have a bit of a stationery addiction 😝🤣. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

    • May 10, 2018 / 1:14 pm

      Aw thank you so much Claire! 💖 I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  25. May 9, 2018 / 2:56 am

    Love this post, Bexa! Your flat lay skills are definitely popping! And this post just reminded me how badly I’ve neglected my bullet journal, haha

    cabin twenty-four

    • May 10, 2018 / 1:15 pm

      Aw thanks so much Eena! 💖 You are so sweet! So glad you enjoyed the post 😘🌷 xx

  26. May 9, 2018 / 5:19 am

    Great post! In my stationary blog post, I just gathered a bunch of pens and some notebooks (kind of like your highlighter idea). Love the card idea though, haven’t tried that yet. Even though I don’t get cards in the mail, I do believe I have some Christmas cards that I could use.

    Thanks for the ideas!

    • May 10, 2018 / 1:17 pm

      Aw thank you so much Sarah! 💖 Yeah, Christmas cards are a fabulous idea! You have inspired me to have a look through my old cards and see what I can find ☺️. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  27. May 9, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    Love this post Bexa. So great to get some inspiration. I recently bought myself this really nice small wooden tray and I think that’s going to be my prime prop for some time!! I try and use what I may already have too such as flowers or my lawn hahaha I’ve also used patterned plates or bowls from my cupboard too! Xx

    • May 10, 2018 / 1:42 pm

      I think I saw your wooden tray in your Insta photos! 💖 It’s so nice and perfect for the summer. Patterned plates and bowls is a fab idea, you have inspired me to look around my house and see what I can find 😄. Thanks for the lovely comment Rebecca! 🌷😘 xx

  28. Emily
    May 10, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    What an amazing idea!💗 Your photos are always full of bright, creative and pleasing to the eye props! I’ll definitely be grabbing some of these to help with my photos, especially the mousemat idea! Thanks darling☺️✨. xoxo


    • May 12, 2018 / 10:44 am

      Aww thanks Emily! 💖 You are always so sweet & supportive! So glad this post was helpful and you liked the mouse mat idea 😘 xx

  29. May 10, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    I loved this! I used to use magazines all the time before I switched things up to have a cleaner background. Stationery always comes in handy. If I need props I don’t usually put too much thought into it and just grab whatever is on hand. This has definitely given me a few more ideas x


    • May 12, 2018 / 11:08 am

      Thanks so much Sophie! 💖 Glad it’s given you a few more ideas. Spontaneous props always work well too, your photos are always fantastic! 😘 xx

  30. May 11, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    Oh WOW! Your scrapbook looks amazing!!! I want mine to look like yours, it’s so dreamy. And washi tape makes everything look amazing. Such a good post, thanks for inspiring me!

    • May 12, 2018 / 1:27 pm

      Thanks Laila 💖. Washi tape is awesome isn’t it! So glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  31. Huda
    May 12, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    My flatlays are something I definitely want to work harder on so this was super useful! I especially like the stars and buttons idea because it’s so easy oh and magazines as well 💗!

    • May 13, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      Thanks so much Huda! 💖 Stars and buttons are really handy to have. I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  32. May 13, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    Thanks for this post, Bexa! I love your photos so much, as you know so it’s so great that you’re sharing some of the things you use xx

    • May 14, 2018 / 7:21 am

      Thanks so much Em! 💖 You are always so sweet and supportive 😘 xx

  33. May 15, 2018 / 11:50 pm

    Wow… It’s so girly and nice…. Remind me when I was young and teen used it for my diary but now I put all my diary online… I just used note book and some sticker

    • May 18, 2018 / 12:01 pm

      Thank you for checking out the post 💖 xx

  34. Liz Brannan
    May 21, 2018 / 6:02 am

    I love this post – can’t believe I’ve only just read it!! I love your flatlays – they are my inspo so these tips are great!
    Liz xx

    • May 21, 2018 / 3:50 pm

      Aww thanks so much Liz! 💖 So glad you enjoyed the post! 😘 xx

  35. September 8, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    loved this post it is super useful as someone who has only recently started creating flatlays! Thank you for sharing x

    • September 9, 2018 / 8:03 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Jess! 💖 Glad it was helpful ☺️💕 xx

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