Pretty in Polaroid – September Short Projects

pretty in polaroidThis 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This has been one of my absolute favourite projects that I’ve made for our house. I love wall art, and I love that we now get to display our photographs in a unique way. 

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:

9 thoughts on “Pretty in Polaroid – September Short Projects

  1. Jacinta says:

    What a busy bee you are! I love knowing that I have seen this in real life and it does look fantastic! I agree that its a beautiful and unique way to look at and displace photos and it definitely brightens up your kitchen :D Your always so creative!

  2. Mario says:

    I must admit this makes our kitchen really come to life ! Full of colour and some amazing memories, plus its a great way to show off all the fantastic holiday destinations we have been on :) xox

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