I started creating a polaroid film wall a little over a year ago. I have received a number of questions about how I created it, what I used to attach the polaroids, how are they holding up, etc. I knew it was definitely time for a post.
After I scan them, the majority of my polaroids end up in this drawer of my workspace:
This is definitely not the best way to store them! I wanted to display my favorites – and knew that I wanted to make a polaroid film wall. The majority of photo walls that I found online were prints or copies of actual photographs, not the polaroids themselves.
When selecting an adhesive, I knew that I had to decide carefully. These polaroids are all originals, they are not copies or prints. I wanted to preserve them so that I could remove the adhesive if I decided to take the photos down and still keep the photo intact. That ruled out any permanent adhesive. Here is my secret sauce, what has worked for me.
Scotch Restickable Tabs – simple, cheap, and a little over a year later, they are holding up pretty nicely. I have taken a few polaroids down and re-positioned them, and the paint on my wall is still intact as well as the photo.
Adding one more polaroid to the mix, this one captured with the polaroid land camera.
On the back of each polaroid, I attach four of the mini tabs to each corner.
After removing the liner, the polaroid is ready to be attached to the wall.
I like to group the polaroids by size and orientation to maintain a cohesive look and feel.
To secure each photo to the wall, I apply a little pressure to each corner.
Amazingly simple, and definitely a conversation piece in any room. Plus, a way to artfully display your work.
I have noticed that in the winter, some of the edges do curl up due to the heat in the house. I simply push them back down evenly, and they are fine.
Please do let me know if you try this at home!