I love having props for photo shoots! If you feel awkward having your picture taken (like I do) it gives you something else to focus on. So for our engagement shoot I made a few things, including a Save the Date banner. If you are interested in making your own, here's a little "How to."
What you'll need:
1.) thick cardstock
3.) 1 yard of burlap fabric (or any fabric you want to use)
4.) a black thin sharpie
5.) a pencil
6.) a ruler
7.) scissors and/or an x-acto knife
9.) about 2 yards of string
10.) a hot glue gun & glue sticks
Notes: You can either hole punch through the cardboard or just staple the string to the cardboard. Also, I drew letters, but you could just as easily print letters from your computer with a font you like.