3 Steps To Create A Polaroid Display

3 Steps To Create A Polaroid Display
[Kyla Carneiro]

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I am one of those people who fell in love with the adorable Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 polaroid camera. I took my first photo immediately after unwrapping mine, and now snapping a photo on each trip or visit from friends is an anticipated tradition. The 2-inch exposure that pops out the top of the camera instantly becomes a keepsake.

After a few adventures, though, I realized I had no way to display my photos. Sure, I could stick a pin through each or slap on a strip of tape, but I didn’t want to damage them or let them fade out against the wall.

Googling “polaroid photo display” will result in finding plastic frames or tiny albums I could only imagine shoving away on a shelf; I didn’t like those options. So, I designed and created this Instax mini photo display that you can make for yourself so you and everyone else can see your adventures and smile.

What you’ll need:

  • Flat board with a hanging mechanism on one side (I used the Baltic Birch Canvas by Woodpile at Hobby Lobby, but we also like this one)
  • Paint
  • Small clothespins (the number depends on the size of your board)
  • Wood glue

Step 1. Paint the front of your board. I chose to cover mine in one color, but you can create patterns, paint over a stencil, or even add wordstotally up to your style. Just remember that photos are going to hang over top, so you don’t want the background to be a distraction.

Step 2. After the paint dries, you can glue on the clothespins that will hold the photos. I found some clearance pins with patterns that I loved, so I grabbed those. You can purchase plain ones and paint them yourself or find pre-made ones like I did.

I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I laid out a few polaroids on my board and marked where the pins should go to achieve straight lines. If your board is round or a shape other than rectangular, you have some freedom to arrange your photos at random. Once you decide upon your layout, drop small dots of glue and press your pins gently into each; wood glue is not pretty when it oozes.

Step 3. Once the glue dries, snatch your favorite polaroids from hiding and slide the tops into the clothespins. I change mine out often so I can glance at new memories or remember old ones. Hang your polaroid photo display in the center of your favorite wall where you will see it often because it was made boldly by you.

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