Usually, I’m all about miniature things, but sometimes bigger is better. Like this DIY Polaroid photo frame I made for my friend Megan’s wedding!
You get the cute look of a Polaroid without being limited to a wallet-sized photo. Plus, it takes your backdrop up a notch without the use of oversized sunglasses or neon jester hats.
- 1/4″ plywood at least 24.5″ x 29.5″
- circular saw
- measuring tape
- straight edge
- rough sandpaper
- white paint
- black Sharpie
- Cut plywood to 24.5″ x 29.5″ rectangle (or have it cut when you buy it at Home Depot or Lowes).
- If cutting it yourself, measure the dimensions on each side using a measuring tape and mark it with a pencil, then use a straight edge to draw a line across.
- Next, follow your guide lines with a circular saw to cut a 24.5″ x 29.5″ rectangle
- Measure a 20.5″ x 22″ rectangle 2.5″ from the top, 5″ from the bottom, and 2″ from each side, marking each corner and using the flat edge to trace each line.
- You’ll have to do these cuts yourself — or ask your boyfriend to help if he’s handy. Just trace your lines with the saw, being careful to stop at the corner marks. For easiest sawing, place the plywood half-way on a raised bench and have a friend hold it steady.
- Smooth the inner and outer edges using sandpaper and wipe away the dust.
- Paint your frame, let it dry completely, then add a second layer.
- Add a date or phrase to the bottom of the frame. (I used the date of Megan’s wedding.) Start by writing it out in pencil to make sure you like the way it looks. I found it was helpful to lightly draw a straight line at the top and bottom of where I wanted the text to keep it straight and even. Once you’re happy with your spacing and lettering, trace the date or phrase with Sharpie and erase any remaining pencil marks.
A couple quick confessions:
- I wrote the wrong date – in Sharpie! – the first time around! Make sure to double-check everything before you Sharpie it on, but if you do mess up you can fix it by sanding the problem area down a bit, repainting that part, and writing it over.
- My lovely bf, R, did all of the sawing for me. I’m very slowly learning to use power tools but tend to rely on him for important projects. If you don’t feel up to venturing into the world of circular saws and Home Depot, you can make a simpler version out of craft foam – it will be just as adorable but quite a bit less sturdy.