D.I.Y ‘Polaroid’ Frame


Aren’t we all guilty of taking hundreds of photos, only for them to stay buried away on a camera roll? Instead, display your most-loved snaps with this creative frame. A super simple DIY project, that is perfect for a drizzly Sunday afternoon.

You’ll need:

  • A deep-set frame
    • Tip: These are sometimes also referred to as box or découpage frames which can be expensive. IKEA does a range called RIBBA which work just perfectly, come in all different sizes and are inexpensive.
  • Printouts of your photos
    • PhotoBox will deliver these “Retro” prints (
  • Twine
  • Craft pegs
  • Mount board
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape or foam pads to create some depth


Measure out your mount board, using the frame’s existing backing as your guide, and trim down to size.

Once you’re happy that it’ll comfortably fit, you can start mapping out your photos, then carefully put aside.

The most fiddly part of this job is cutting the foam pads to sit flush (and hidden) behind each craft peg.

Attach your pegs to your photos (one or two for each) but don’t peel off the backing just yet!

Thread the twine through your first line of photos, allowing for overhang on each side, and repeat for each line. Once you’re happy with the layout, gently adhere your pegs to the mount board. You can obviously choose to glue the photos down too, but you can skip this if you like the idea of swapping them around at some point.

Tuck any excess twine behind the mount board and fix, before putting your frame back together.

And there you have it! All of your favourite memories, captured in one pretty frame.


© All photography and views expressed in this blog are my own. For more information, and for details of my editorial policy, please see my blog disclaimer.


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