DIY: Polaroids!

I gave this to my brother for Christmas. His apartment lack some family touch and so he ask me for some family pictures. He already brought picture frames but I wanted to make the present a bit more personal. So I decided to create something like DIY polaroids after seeing Abbey of Le Reveur's blog post of her room. 

Things you'll need:
  • High quality photo paper. A good quality photo paper is a must. I bought cheap ones for 10 pesos (probably around $0.25) and the pictures started fading away. Scratch marks also were clearly visible. 
  • Cork board/cork sheet. Commonly found in school supply stores. The one I bought is from Saizen and it's only P88!  
  • Thumbtacks. 
  • Scissors. 
Online resources:
  • Polaroid frames from Fuzzimo. Don't worry about cutting the images. The polaroid frames are not exactly white so they are easy to cut.
  • Color filters/actions [1], [2]. If you want to add some flair to your images using photoshop then these are what you need. 
What to do:
1. Select the images (with a 200-300 resolution) and the polaroid frame you want. Open both in Photoshop. If you want, you can crop the white parts of the polaroid frame and then resize (mine's 3 x 3.5 inches).
2. Drag your image to the polaroid frame. You can resize (Ctrl + T) either of the layers so that the image fit the frames properly. 
3. If you want to use actions or filters, you need to edit the image before you drag it to the frame. Here's a quick tutorial on how to load actions.
4. Once you have created your "fake" polaroids, you can create a new large transparent file (size of short bond paper with the resolution set to 100) and drag the images.
5. Print and cut them. 

Let's be creative!
Now you can place them on the cork board or you can do other things like what Abbey had done.

Here are some excellent online shops (Philippines) that can jazz up how you present your polaroids. 




  1. Thank you for the mention, Joan! This is a lovely project. Really adds a creative flair to the home. I'm sure your brother appreciated the extra effort you put into it :) --Nikki of the Lemon Wharf

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