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polaroid zink photo squares

My first ever blog post! I am very excited to start a new project of artistic expression where I get to share my creations with you, the DIY enthusiast. I do admit that I am far from a great writer, but I hope you can see past the grammatical errors and find projects you will love as much as I do. 

My first ever blog post! I am very excited to start a new project of artistic expression where I get to share my creations with you, the DIY enthusiast. I do admit that I am far from a great writer, but I hope you can see past the grammatical errors and find projects you will love as much as I do. 

I am what many would call a photo fanatic. I can't take even a trip without my trusty Canon 5d in tow. Our world is now a digital one where pictures are filed away in folders or buried in your Instagram feed. There's just something about having images you can hold in your hand that makes art come alive.

My sweet hubby recently gave me a Polaroid Zink printer and I have been looking for the perfect project to use it on and came up with a craft - photo squares! Follow along below to make your own. Click on the images to take a closer look.

Materials:

  • 24"x24" cork squares
  • Polaroid Zink printer
  • Pogo film
  • Black flat spray paint
  • Rubber Cement
  • Tacks
  • Sticky tack

Step 1: Take the cork square and spray paint and cover the front and edges of the board. I chose black to make the colors in the photos pop. This also seals the cork which would otherwise crumble with excessive handling. 

Step 2: Next, choose the images you want to use for each board. You will need about 30 photos if you use the Zink paper. You can also use the Polaroid instant pix, needing slightly less since they are larger. 

Step 3: Arrange the photos on the board, making sure to leave gaps periodically. These you will use later, so make sure you save your favorite images for this step. I found that 3 vertical and 2 horizontal images would fill an entire row. The height of 2 vertical images equals 3 horizontal images, so you can make a complete grid if you prefer. Since I was overlapping some images I wanted to make sure I didn't cover any key features, so I made sure to put images with clear space around the gaps. 

Step 4: Once you are happy with the positioning of the photos, use a thin layer of glue to attach them one by one. I found it was easiest to start from the bottom going row by row to make sure the spacing was exactly as planned. The rubber cement dries really quickly so I recommend not moving the photos after they are glued. You should have enough extra photos to cover the gaps in a later step. 

I decided not to use the permanent sticky pads that came with the cork squares. I like to move things around in my office and the sticky pads meant I had to destroy either the wall or the board to move it. Instead the push pins help to secure the board in a temporary way since they are longer than the board is thick. The extra part of the pin should be enough to hold the weight of the board itself, but I don't recommend adding much extra weight. 

Step 5: Hold the photo square on your wall where you want it to be displayed. Attach to the wall by pushing the pins in the blank spaces between the images. 

Step 6: Put a small ball of sticky tack to each of the pins, adding enough to cover each pin head. If you wanted a more permanent option, the rubber cement should hold the images in place. 

Press your remaining photos gently onto the sticky pin head. Be careful to not push too hard or the images will curl upward. This last step hides the pins and gives the images a pop-out effect. 

All done!! Can't wait to hear what you think! Post, comment and share! 

All done!! Can't wait to hear what you think! Post, comment and share!