Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture

In the spirit of finals week and the beckoning of summer vacation, this DIY instructs how to generate your own “Polaroids”, without Polaroid film. I fondly remember printing Polaroids and shaking them with glee as a child. Now, the sale of Polaroid film has been discontinued, and they’ve become a nostalgic memory of the past, like 5-inch floppy disks and good television. Luckily, computer programs now allow us to create Polaroid facsimiles.

Polaroids can be used as simple decorations when placed on their own or as wall pieces when displayed in a group. I’ve created a larger display in the shape of a heart using my collection of Polaroids, as seen here.

In addition, by creating your own “Polaroids”, versus printing them instantly, you can choose exactly which photo you’d like to convert into this format, thus guaranteeing that you have a picture-perfect Polaroid. Furthermore, this allows you to retain a digital copy of the Polaroid.

I used the program Poladroid. The program is incredibly easy to use: once downloaded, simply drag and drop the photos your photos. Then just wait for it to “develop”; you can also speed this process up by “shaking” the photo with your mouse.  Then, view and save! The program also allows you to change how much you want the photo to be “processed.” You can add a blurring effect and a striping effect to mimic the look of real Polaroids. In addition, you may choose how strong of a vignetting effect there is. I personally prefer the lite vignette option, as it preserves the color of the original photo, but the strong vignette option is true to the color of an actual Polaroid.

Before & After:

1) Lite vignette:


2) Strong vignette:


Once you’ve edited your “Polaroids” to your heart’s desire, the final step is to print them out and display them. You can print them as normal digital photographs either at home or in store. The trick is to size down the image before printing it to ensure that the full white border is captured for that genuine “Polaroid” look.

I will definitely be creating more of these over the summer and adding to my wall of memories. Enjoy!


Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

As summer approaches, there is no better time to incorporate Mason jars into home decorations and events. Mason jars are timeless and classy; they can be used from everything to serving drinks at an outdoor barbeque to storing fruits for jams and preservatives. Aside from their food-related uses, Mason jars are also useful for upcycling. Here is one of my favorite ideas, inspired by the link above.

Mason jar soap dispenser:

  1. Mason jar and lid
  2. Pump from a lotion/shampoo bottle

To create:

  • Mark center of the lid with a marker
  • Measure radius of the base of the pump and mark onto underside of the lid
  • Tap a small hole into the lid using a screwdriver and hammer
  • Use needle nose pliers to peel back the hole until it is just slightly larger than the stem of the pump
  • Insert the pump into the hole you made (the base of the pump should cover the hole, so it doesn’t need to fit perfectly)
  • Hot glue the base of the pump to the lid
  • Cut the stem so that it fits into the jar
  • Enjoy!