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DIY: Polaroid Display

On our recent mini vacay to Delray Beach, we brought along an old polaroid camera. We had gotten it at a flea market a few years back and I never really thought it would function (I just wanted it as a funky bookshelf accessory). But lo and behold, Chet found a way to get it working and we took a roll of beach-y, vintage-vibes snaps.

I really wanted a way to display this special roll of film. Each of the pictures make me happy and I love that they look like they could have been shot in 1977. (#nofilter just an old ass camera, lol)

Here’s what I came up with and instructions in case you wanna make your own!

What you’ll need:

  • a frame
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • thick twine or rope for hanging
  • thin twine or yarn for stringing across the frame
  • mini clothespins
  • sandpaper if your frame needs a lil distressing

And how it all comes together:

The most important part of this project, in my opinion, is to find a frame that fits the vibe of your polaroids. I found this one on clearance at Home Goods. The light blue, antiqued look really goes with our beach-y, vintage-looking polaroids. You could probably find a great frame for your own photo display at a thrift store or maybe you have one sitting around your house! If you’re going for a distressed look, you could always paint and then sand to let a little wood peak through.

Once you have your frame, take out the backing and glass. Lay out your polaroids to see what arrangement will work best. Then, measure out some twine and string it across. Secure with hot glue.

Next, cut some thick twine to attach to the top of the frame for hanging. Depending on how heavy your frame is you may need to staple down the ends.

Finally, clip your polaroids on with some adorable mini clothes pins.

Hang on the wall and admire your finished product…

I’m totally obsessed with how this turned out and love displaying our tiny collection of beachy polaroids! Have you completed any DIY projects lately? I’d love to hear about them. ❤ 

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Do or Don’t: Pallet Furniture

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Speaking of upcycling projects… One cool DIY idea that has always interested me is turning pallets into furniture. Have you seen one of these spectacular transformations? When I worked at Good Foods, I would pass HUGE stacks of pallets and wonder what sort of pieces they could become if they found their way into the right hands. There are some incredibly creative tutorials out there if this sort of thing strikes your fancy!

Here are 7 cool photos of a few finished products…

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(From Fox Hollow Cottage)

pallet furniture 3

(From Curb to Refurb)

pallet furniture 4

(From We Lived Happily Ever After)

pallet furniture 5

(From Pink When)

pallet furniture 6

(From Beyond the Picket Fence)

pallet furniture 7

(From The Merry Thought)

pallet furniture 8

(From Little House of Four)

What do you think? Have you ever made pallet furniture? Could you envision one of these pieces in your home?

(Photo at top by Joy Ever After)

Game night, honey!

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These genius DIY-ers bettah WERK! They upcycled an old childhood favorite in the best possible way! How much would you love to find Guess Who for a buck or two at the Goodwill and make your own? Serving you some game night realness with a side of throwing shade at all your favorite queens? Shante, you stay. The Guess Ru library is OPEN!

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(photos via here. H/t Chet Breaux.)