Instagram Polaroid Blocks

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For this project I combined instagrams with the trademark look of a polaroid. This is a great project to bring your instagram pictures into your home for everyone to enjoy or just to display any pictures at all!

The first thing you’ll want to do is decide which pictures you’d like to display and how many. I choose to do 36 photos. Either get your photos from your Instagram profile or crop any picture you want into a square. I found that ordering my pics on 5″ x 7″ prints was the most inexpensive way to go. This template is that size:

Photoshop Template:

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Open it in your photo editing program and place the pictures onto it, lining it up with the guides/boxes, you’ll have two pictures on the template. Save as a JPEG (or PNG, etc) and then replace both photos with two different ones and save that. Continue doing this until you have all your pictures saved in this format.

Log on to your favorite photo printing website and order the prints (on 5×7).

While you wait for your photos to arrive/be ready for pick up go to the home improvement store and get a 2×4. Either take it home and cut it yourself or have someone in the store do it for you. Make a cut every 4″. Now you are left with wood blocks that measure 1.5″ x 3.5″ x 4″.

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When you get your photos, cut 1″ off the bottom of them and then cut them in half right in between the photos. Each photo should be 3.5″ x 4″.

I used Mod Podge to adhere each photo onto each block.

Decide how you would like your photos displayed, how many rows by how many columns, etc. and figure out how big of an area you’ll need. I did 4 rows of 8. Each block is 3.5″ wide and I wanted 2.5″ between each one on the same row. The blocks are 4″ long and I wanted 6″ between the rows, so my rectangular area was 45.5″ x 34″.

Measure from your ceiling however far down you think the top of your photos should be placed. Mine went above my couch so I wanted them pretty high, I came down from the ceiling only 6″. Decide were the center of your display will be and measure out from that 22.75″ in both directions.

Take a piece of string/yarn and tape it to the wall, matching it up with the marks you have made. Do it the other way on the left hand side. Now measure down from the top yarn the distance to the top of your next row. Mine was 14″. Make some marks and tape another piece of string along them. I did that two more times so I’d know where to match up the top of every row. I measured in from the left side, 6″, marked and taped string. I did this 6 times. The following shows how the string should look on your wall:

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This is the easiest method I have found since you only need to make a few small marks and then tape your string on each end. When you’re done you just remove the string!

I used Command velcro strips to put my blocks on the wall. They are sturdy but don’t leave marks or take off paint when you remove them!

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I actually cut each set into thirds, since I didn’t need much sticking power and I wanted to get the most out of a pack I could.

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Now match your blocks up with the corners of the string (the x’s in the following diagram) and stick them to the wall!

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You can take the string down and you’re done!

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7 Comments on Instagram Polaroid Blocks

  1. onel
    May 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm (7 months ago)

    Love the idea with thick wood block so I can place it on the table too :)

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    • Machelle
      May 19, 2014 at 10:44 am (7 months ago)

      Absolutely! We’ve loved how the block gives our picture display a 3D effect (:

      Reply
  2. Jeanine
    May 18, 2014 at 9:57 pm (7 months ago)

    This is crazy absolutely amazing! I Lovvve the simple detailed tutorial! You make it sound and look sooo easy. ;) Also, soo in love with your wall hanging Spoon Art your created as well ;d

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    • Machelle
      May 19, 2014 at 10:41 am (7 months ago)

      Thanks so much Jeanine! It really is quite an easy project with a huge impact, we’ve loved it!

      Reply
  3. Sarah
    May 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm (7 months ago)

    This is such a fun way to display pictures!

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    • Malissa
      May 23, 2014 at 6:14 am (7 months ago)

      We think so! :) Also, cute blog!

      Reply
  4. Chari Ross
    June 17, 2014 at 4:52 pm (6 months ago)

    Wish you could turn your Instagram photos into polaroids using Photoshop?

    I made a tutorial that will have them print ready in less than 5 minutes by utilizing Photoshop Action files! Check out: how to make an Instagram Polaroid

    Cheers and happy Photoshopping!!

    Reply

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