DIY Polaroid Displays

Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are no stranger in today’s society. I thought it would be fitting to have a DIY project of my own especially because I am quite crafty. This one happens to a simple and not very expensive project. Whether you have a type of polaroid camera, a polaroid digital printer that connects to your phones and devices, or you don’t happen to have any form of a polaroid printer, you can still create these and simple displays.

Here are some inspiration photos that I found.

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I was gifted a Zero Ink Printer for Christmas and I have been enjoying the easy access to printing out photos. For those who don’t know about the Zero Ink Printer, they aren’t exactly like a polaroid camera where they print out right away and have a white border around the photos. Instead, this printer hooks up with bluetooth and can print out photos taken from your phone using an app. A neat feature for the printer is that the zero ink paper has an adhesive back so it’s just like a sticker!  

Now, there are pros and cons for having this kind of printer versus having an actual polaroid camera, but I don’t mind that the zero ink printer doesn’t have a border. There are options within the app to add text, borders, or enhancing features and other editing options which allows you to get creative or keep the photos simple. I generally just keep mine simple without the borders or other features, but I have tried the text and editing options.  

When it comes to polaroid photo displays, there are many ways to create them, but these are some of the ways that I displayed my polaroid photos. There’s no right or wrong way to create polaroid displays so get creative. So let’s get to it.



The supplies depend on how you want to display the photos so get creative with it. A lot of supplies for the displays I created were things that I had already purchased from other crafty projects, but you can use all kinds of crafty bits and pieces. Some things that I used for these displays were: 

  • Woven string (or any other kind of string to hang) – Target and JoAnns
  • Small clothespins – Dollar Tree
  • Large – medium picture frames (or a board of some kind) – Target
  • Polaroid camera / zero ink printer – Amazon
  • Printed photos – photo paper from Amazon
  • Other crafty bits to decorate the displays

These crafty bits can be found at JoAnns, Michaels, Walmart, Target, pretty much anywhere that has crafty things. Now that all the supplies are gathered, it’s DIY time! Here are some of the few simple ways to display polaroid photos. 


Picture frame / wooden board

There are different types of picture frames or boards that can be used to display polaroid photos. For this display, you’ll want to find a larger picture frame or a board of some kind to use. For my display, I happened to find a complete photo display board from Target that I purchased. I didn’t have to create any of it myself, so I was able to add my photos and customize as I wanted. All I needed to do to complete this display, was to print my photos and clip them to the diagonal wire with a clothespin. If you have washi tape, this is an easy way to decorate the clothespins without having to put too much effort into it. I opted to leave my clothespins plain just because my board was a bold blue color.

If you plan to use an empty picture frame, you’ll want to take out the glass and opt to take out the backing of the frame or customize it. Then, you can tape strings that fit the length of the picture frame on both ends and hang the polaroids of your choice with a clothespin. There are many ways to customize this kind of display.


String lights / woven string

For this display option, there are different types of strings you can use. You could use twine, woven strings, yarn, ribbons and the list goes on. I have used Christmas lights, woven string, and decorative garlands before and they all are very similar. Each has a different aesthetic look to it and depending on what you’re going for, you could use any of these options. These displays are done the same. The only difference is the type of string being used.

For this, I hung the string using small command strips that are recommended for lighter weight constraints. First I determine where I want to place the command strips and then tie the ends of the stings to the command strips. Then all that’s left to do is pick out the polaroids being used and clothespin them onto the string.


Of course, there are many ways to display polaroid photos, but these were a couple of easy examples of using different strings and picture frames. The best thing about displaying polaroid photos is that you can make them as simple or complex as you’d like. It’s also a great and easy way to decorate and personalize a space.

DIY projects are fun and a great way to save on things you can create on your own or through reusing things you already have. Have fun with this DIY and create your own personalized photo displays!


Until next time,

Interior Geek



Photos taken by: Sandra Chang

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