DIY Polaroid Frame

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hello there :-) 

So this is the second post on several of the DIY projects I've been embarking on since last year, the first of which was the Acrylic Painting Clock, which you can find under the "DIYs" tab of this blog. I haven't really had time to start on a major project with school and academic work and all so from now onwards, the intensity of my DIYs won't be like that of the clock's, which took me months but they will be comparable to the one I'll writing about now, which took me only two days (a school weekend) and will be fun ways to spice up your room a little in no time at all. 

I think the thing about Polaroid walls is that people always stick to the typical kinds with twine and wooden pegs as seen on tumblr but to be honest, I don't think that's practical at all because the twine usually sags down and it's difficult to maintain. Plus it makes cleaning a pain because it's not a permanent structure and to me, there's just a lot of cons to something like that. In my previous room, I used to hang up a fence-like structure that Louisa gave me and when I was redecorating everything, I decided to take it down because after two years up, a lot of the things that she stuck on the fence was peeling. Thus, I had an idea to give it a new lease of life, by converting it into a Polaroid Frame - but of course I kept all the lovely notes and quotes that came with it :-) 

Here's how you can make your own Polaroid Frame! 

What You Need: 

1. A wooden fence like structure  (while I don't know exactly where Louisa got this exact one, I've seen similar ones in craft shops and Daiso actually sells wooden fences in their gardening section as well. Just make sure that the one that you get isn't very thick) 

2. Polaroid instant photos 

3. Mini wooden pegs - I had wanted to stay true to the wooden peg vibe of traditional polaroid walls (I got a packet from Daiso for only $2) 

4. Acrylic paint of your choice (I chose gold for mine, but if your wood is pretty dark like mine, you'll need to have a white basecoat for your actual colour to stand out) 

Yup that's really all and here's how to make it! :-)

1. Paint a white base coat if necessary - usually it's better if you do, so don't be lazy! 

2. Let the white dry thoroughly and give it a few more coats if necessary - be patient my friend. 

3. Once the white has dried, paint it with your desired colour - you can even go crazy with it by using different colours but for me I just wanted to keep it simple, especially since many of my Polaroids have colourful designs on them already and the people in my Polaroids are really the main attraction. 

4. Let the gold dry and add at least two more coats so it that the colours really pop. 

5. And here comes the fun part - position your Polaroid photos and attach them with the wooden pegs! I positioned mine in chronological order but also making sure I spaced out the Polaroids with designs so that it'll look even. 

To be honest, my pegs were a little too small for the thickness of my wooden frame so I had to force them a little bit and several of them broke (partly because I got them from Daiso as well, probably). I don't suggest getting the pegs in a larger size though - they have those too - because it wouldn't look that dainty and intricate so my suggestion is to get a thinner wooden frame or just force them open like I did. 

6. The last step - to hang the frame onto the wall! I got my dad to drill two holes on the top of my bed and attach a nail to each one and I basically hooked my frame onto it and concealed the nails with the Polaroid photos.

And I hung mine on top of my bed and my fairy lantern lights because I want to have sweet dreams about the people featured in the photos, who mean so much to me. This was really quite fun to make and while I don't think it's the most aesthetically pleasing things I've made in my life, it's pretty decent and I'm satisfied with it overall. 

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