DIY Polaroid Hanger

A cute way to show off your insties/selfies/whatever-ies.

If you’ve just moved into a dorm room, or you’re just bored with the way your bedroom looks, here’s a fun and cheap way to display photos on your walls. Make them into fake Polaroids, and hang them on a clothesline!

You’ll need:

• Your photos, printed out—make them all the same size (approximately the size of a Polaroid photo, minus the border). If you use photos from Instagram you can cheat and use a filter to make these look like actual old Polaroids.
• White paper
• Craft clips (from a stationery store) or mini clothespins.
• Tape or glue
• Scissors
• Yarn
• Markers (optional)
• Pushpins

How to do it:

1. Cut out your printed photos.

2. If this is the first time you’re doing this, lay the photos out on your paper so you can estimate where you’ll be cutting the paper.

You can then even fold the paper to make creases that will show you where to cut and make sure all your “Polaroids” are the same size.

3. Cut out your white Polaroid frames.

4. Glue or, if you’re feeling lazy like me, tape your photos to the white squares.

And now you have a “Polaroid”!

5. If you want, write something on it.

6. Make more Polaroids.

7. Stick your pins into your wall or corkboard. Make the spaces between them even, more or less.

8. Fasten the two ends of your yarn to the wall with the outermost pins. Drape the yarn over the rest of them, so it looks like the picture above, but prettier, haha.

9. Fasten your Polaroids to the yarn with your clips.

Yay!! You can also use this technique to hang REAL Polaroids, or postcards, or anything you want!

You don’t have to hang the photos against a blank wall, either. If you want to display photos of your cross-country road trip, for example, you could get a cool-looking map and use that as the background.

Thanks for reading my first Rookie DIY; I’ll have lots more ideas for you in the future! ♦


  • sapphirestars September 10th, 2012 7:16 PM

    an excellent DIY – really fun and easy!! now i will have a chance to use all those instagram photos. YAY!

  • Abby September 10th, 2012 7:32 PM

    COOOLLLL…. I like it!

  • brennachan September 10th, 2012 7:47 PM

    I’ve always wanted to create this effect! Great article! I will definitely be doing this :)

  • AnaRuiz September 10th, 2012 7:56 PM

    This is cute! Somehow, the polaroid frame makes any picture look better.

  • Emilie September 10th, 2012 7:56 PM

    Another way to do this is to fasten a little weight to one end, and hang the strings vertically. I got the idea from urban outfitters, but it’s super easy to do on your own, I’ve got like 10 of them all in a row in my room!

  • kendallkh September 10th, 2012 8:05 PM

    Yesss! I actually bought string and a bunch of clothespins a long time ago to do this, but I never got around to figuring it out. Bless you, Rookie.

  • lylsoy September 10th, 2012 8:08 PM

    Such a cute idea <3 I am going to do something similar!

  • Jamie September 10th, 2012 9:20 PM

    I would sooo do this if you, know my photography was actually good………

  • anisarose September 10th, 2012 9:35 PM

    Great idea! and much easier than going out and taking new pictures because you can just pull them from FB!

  • kirsten September 10th, 2012 9:58 PM

    love this.

  • Mags September 10th, 2012 9:58 PM

    OMG thank you for this. I’ve been wondering how best to display my photos and this is awesome!!!

  • Adrienne September 10th, 2012 10:43 PM

    Awesome!! My room needs some pizzazz and this is perfect!

  • koolkat September 10th, 2012 11:01 PM

    been wanting to do this for ages–thanks Rookie!

  • asleeptillnoon September 11th, 2012 12:46 AM

    Yay for Kaila & Rookie collab!

  • saramarit September 11th, 2012 2:49 AM

    Try using some Fuji instax or peel apart film, you can get the cameras very cheap on ebay, keep film alive!

  • MarianRock September 11th, 2012 4:22 AM

    LOVE the rookie DIY <3

  • Graciexx September 11th, 2012 6:40 AM

    way cool!

  • sarahelizabeth September 11th, 2012 7:35 AM

    Ahhh, I am going to do this. So cute! <3

  • Miarele September 11th, 2012 7:56 AM

    My wall is too dense that I can’t stick any pins to it (yes, even after POUNDING it with a hammer) so I ended up sticking them up with patterned fabric tapes. It turns out really cute :) …but the yarn keep slipping away :( Any other ideas to fasten it?

  • Lucille September 11th, 2012 10:03 AM

    I already made that hanger a while ago, but with regular photos. And now, watching this, I’ve decided to make something like this!
    And I’ll put pinboard too!

    amazing, ROOKIE, amazing!

  • Dayzee September 11th, 2012 10:15 AM

    this is so amazing. I love easy diy’s because I’m lazy and I just love genius ideas like this.

  • rockslita September 11th, 2012 12:41 PM

    Thanks! This was exactly what I needed! Kiss

  • Abi September 11th, 2012 12:42 PM

    The photoshoot that all the photos are from looks awesome!

  • Hesty September 12th, 2012 12:30 AM

    I love this! Not too many instructions for me to read cause I’m lazy, heh.

  • arthur1now September 12th, 2012 11:58 AM

    Cool idée simple et génial
    Félicitation ce blog est merveilleux
    Une version en français un jours .. ?

  • sixthgun September 12th, 2012 7:58 PM

    this is amazing!!! i love it, thank you very much :) the result is extremely lovely and it’s so easy to do! the photos you used to hang were so beautiful. my room is getting cuter in a few days, i’m definitely doing this! hahahah also, THAT MAP! i really want one like that. rookie mag is my favourite, you guys are always awesome <3 i'm so happy i finally got my computer back. keep up the good work!

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica September 15th, 2012 10:49 AM

    I love all the photos. They are so COLORFUL.

    Awesome DIY, thanks!! :)

  • justnat October 11th, 2012 4:26 PM

    That’s adorable! I love it :D

  • fearthisnow December 23rd, 2012 6:39 PM