We love the nostalgia of Polaroid snapshots. I remember when I was young and amazed at the instantaneous development of the film, right before your eyes as you held one corner and gently fanned the photo back and forth. Seemed so futuristic back then!
Polaroids have an iconic look, with their white frames, a little bit bigger along the bottom where you could write a date, place or names of the subjects in the shot. For this project, we decided to create one big polaroid frame out of 26 regular sized ones. We didn't actually own any old Polaroids so we made the frames out of card stock and edited the photos to give them a vintage-y look.
To recreate our installation, cut your frames so that the outer dimensions are 3.5" x 4.25" and the inner square that's cut out for the image is 3" x 3". You'll want to trim your photos to 3.5" x 3.5" so you can glue the frame right on top. We also cut out a plain 3.5" x 4.25" rectangle to paste to the back, giving it extra sturdiness. I happen to have a grey walls in my house which ended up being the perfect backdrop to use for the interior of the large polaroid. If you don't have a grey wall, you could paste all of your photos onto grey poster board.
All in all, this was a quick project that only required card stock and a color printer, yielding very happy results! We hope you have fun with it!
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