DIY Polaroid Travel Board… without a Polaroid!

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Yes, Polaroids are incredibly expensive, and yes, the film seems even more expensive after you’ve purchased the camera. So thankfully, this tutorial does not require you to own a Polaroid camera or film! You can easily make your own faux-Polaroids to create a cute travel board šŸ™‚

I spent much of 2015 traveling, andĀ along the way I ended up with many pictures of a specialĀ travel companion – an origami squirrel given to me before I left. I’ve always felt somewhat narcissistic taking pictures of myself in front of famous monuments, so I decided that I would rememberĀ the wonderful places I’d been by taking pictures of my little purple squirrel instead. With some simple photo editing, I was able to transform my iPhone pictures into cute polaroids without the cost and stress of trying to take the “perfect” shot. They whole project took half a day, and was a fun way of reminiscing on my 2015 travels!

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Ready to create your faux-Polaroid board? šŸ˜€

The first thing you’ll need to do is edit your photos. I printed my photos as 4”x 6” photos from CVS for 14 cents each, but needed themĀ to be 1.5”x2”. I used Gimp to edit, which you can download for free here.photo editing step

  1. Create a white canvas that is 4”x6” with 300px/in
  2. Scale your photograph so that it is 1.5”x2” with 300px/in
  3. Copy your photograph onto the white canvas and export

Once you have your pictures printed, you can move on to compiling the corkboard!

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  1. Add a white border. I added a 1/4Ā inch on the top, right, and left, and 3/4 inch on the bottom so I could write a description. I measured out the distance, and then marked with a pencil.
  2. Cut out the Polaroids. Cut along the border, making sure to keep your cuts as smooth and even as possible.
  3. Write the description with a Sharpie. I put the date and place of the picture.
  4. Arrange and pin the photos on your corkboard, and you’re done!

This photo board is both a commemoration of traveling in the 2015, a promise for my squirrel to see more of the world in 2016, and a gift to the person who made me the squirrel before I set off on my adventures. I hope it also encouragesĀ you to take pictures of moments in your life that bring you joy, and compile them into a cute collection without having to shell out for an actual Polaroid.

My little squirrel hasĀ been to Italy, the Netherlands, Paris, China, and Mexico, and is now tucked away safely back home in the United States…. I wonder where else he’ll be traveling this year? šŸ™‚

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DIY Penguin Holiday Bag

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