I’ve been wanting a peg frame for polaroid photos for the longest time! You can buy them but I had an image in my head and although some came really close I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. So I decided to make my own!
Before you get frightened off at the thought of bits of wood and mitre saws, I didn’t go that far! I hacked an Ikea frame and got exactly what I wanted!
I made a few mistakes with frame size, shape & colour before I finally got it right with this 50×50 square so do your research! I ended up cutting and sticking bits of coloured/white card together in various shapes & sizes and sticking them to the wall so I knew what I was looking for!
Frame of your choice (I used an Ikea Ribba 50×50)
Polaroid photos or mounts
Gather your supplies. If you’re using a frame that has glass be sure to add heavy duty gloves to your supply list! The Ikea frames have thin flexible acrylic which is so much safer when it comes to taking them apart!
I started by dismantling the frame, remove the back, box insert & ‘glass’.
If you think you’ll want to change your photos often, or like us you’re starting off with a few and adding to it then it’s a lot easier without the front! Our frame has no front and no back but you can have either or both with the Ribba frame so play around and see what works for you!
Decide how many rows of photos you want. To get an idea of how it’ll look you can lay the string across the frame where you want it and place a photo or two in place then add or remove until it looks right for you. I originally thought I wanted three rows (three rows of three photos) but after laying it out I decided I could squeeze another row in and it still looked good!
Once you’ve got your design in mind you can start making the frame up by attaching the string to the sides. I simply tied mine to the frame insert, hiding the ends between the frame and insert. I was going to add little screw in rings to the sides of the frame, which you could totally do if you’d prefer (you can pull the string a bit tighter if you do!) but liked the look of the string being tied to the inside of the frame in a kind of home made way.
Make sure you’ve got your spacing right and the string is level then add your pegs and photos. I loved the idea of a polaroid mount but you could just add photos without the mount if you’d prefer.
The great thing about a frame like this is that you can change your photos as often as you like! You could add summer holiday photos, halloween costume photos and Christmas photos as the seasons change!
If you have a go at your own peg frame let me know in the comments and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @hugosadventures so we can see what you create!