This project is all about photos, and their best friend, Photoshop. Polaroid and Instagram-style photos are all the rage at the moment, with some stores (I’m looking at you, Kikki K) offering to print your pictures in this style for an exorbitant price – I’ve seen places quoting $10 for 10 photos. I used to work in a photo printing centre, so I knew I could do better than that.
I fired up my Photoshop Elements. Rather than using it to thin-out my thigh gap (I’m not sure even the clone-stamp tool could manage that!), I used it to create a polaroid template for my photos and printed them out for 15 cents each at Harvey Norman.
In order to recreate the polaroid look, I picked some of my favourite photos and increased the saturation and contrast to give them that extra-bright look. I used a thin black fading border on the template also, which really helped give the illusion of depth.
My first idea was to make a photo garland with mini pegs. It looked great, but because it only took up a couple of inches at the top of the wall, it tended to draw the eye to the fact that the rest of the wall was blank.
The second idea worked much better – I created a heart shape from the photos (which took more time than I’d care to admit) and mounted it on the wall with painters tape (to protect the paintwork). I actually used all but a couple of the 120 or so photos that I printed, which was great – the photo garland had only used about 40.
To finish off the design, I added this Love sign that I bought from Kaisercraft a few months ago. It came unpainted, so I chose a lovely blue/teal colour and went over every inch with glitter glue. I love how it completes the look.
If you’d like to check out some of my other wall art projects, have a look at The Fish Issue or my DIY ChalkBoard Feature Wall. If you’d like a copy of the photoshop template I used to make these photos, leave a comment below or shoot me a message. Finally, if you’d like to read some more September Short Projects (can you believe September is nearly over??) here’s a selection:
- I Love You Because…
- A Tale of Two Socks
- R U OK? Cupcakes
- Chevron Baby Quilt
- Bacon Chocolate Birthday Cake
- Puppy Love
- Holly Golightly Inspired Sleep Mask
- Provincial Style Chalkboard Frames
- Home-made Vintage Soap Dispensers