Picture-Perfect Displays for All Your Instant-Camera Photos

Don't let those instant photos sit and collect dust! Here are 6 creative projects you can make to show off your favorite photographs.

Lately we've been obsessed with all things vintage, including the resurgence of the instant-film camera. Now, in the hands of Millennials everywhere, instant film is bringing back the filtered, vintage look from photo albums past. 

The problem, however, is what to do with the pictures once they're developed. Instead of letting them sit on your coffee table waiting to be spilled on, make your own creative display to show off your shots. We found an impressive collection of ideas from instant-film fanatics across the Internet. Take a look below for some seriously groovy ways to display your favorite instant-film photos throughout your home. 

Photo Flip

Since they're so small, it's rare to come by a picture frame for an instant photo. However, that doesn't mean your desk should be void of your favorite memories and smiles. This DIY flip photo album is designed just for your miniature pics. At a glance, it displays two images—but there's actually room on the hooks to hold several of your shots. Put this one on your office desk to show off your family and friends to all your coworkers, and switch out the photos as you please.

Get the how-to from Sugar & Cloth.

Perfectly Aligned

We can't get enough of the clean, crisp lines of this photo display. Eight fun pictures—each unique in their setting, subjects, and tone—manage to look cohesive with simple spacing. Even better is how effortless it is to re-create this look with pictures of your own. Made with a plain white shadow box frame, tape, and a ruler, this is one piece of art you can do almost as instantly as your photos develop. 

Get the how-to from Yellow Brick Home.

International Photographer

Some of our favorite pictures are ones we've snapped while on a cross-country road trip or exploring stunning sites overseas. To better display these shots, we found a creative photo display that anyone with wanderlust will love. This blogger used a map to pin her pictures by location and track her travels. It's a fun reminder of where you've been and where you're planning to go next. 

Get the how-to from Everyday Dishes.

Floating Frames

We love this DIY project for a cute country kitchen or bare living room wall. Attach chicken wire to the back of a shadow box or frame and use small clothespins to hang your pictures. Pair the pictures with small trinkets that fit on the frame's edge for an extra layer of fun and interest. This hexagon frame fits nicely with frames of the same color or similar size, so you can expand your gallery wall as desired.

Get the how-to from Fynes Designs.

Wired Up

This easy-to-assemble photo display is perfect for your instant-print pictures. You can easily make this in an afternoon with just a few common materials. The wood block provides a stylish base for wire spirals that hold pictures and cards. This small but meaningful project looks great as a desk topper or on a bookshelf. Better yet? Gift this holder to a friend with pictures already in it. They will love the thoughtfulness and work you put into it. 

Get the how-to here.

Life's a Beach

This creative mom made a photo mobile using instant-camera photos. The process is simple: It takes just three easy steps to make the display. Hang the pictures on fishing line from a scrap piece of wood. If you have a piece of driftwood, this is a perfect display for all your favorite sunny beach pictures!

Get the how-to from Little Miss Momma.


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