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Organize your shoes with DIY cheap & easy polaroids.
I've always loved shoe boxes with polaroids on but the film costs soooooooo much these days! Luckily, I've come up with a cheap alternative which looks just as good!

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1143 projects »
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  • How to make a box. Polaroid Shoe Boxes - Step 1
    Step 1

    First of all, you need to take nice photos of your shoes against a white background.

  • How to make a box. Polaroid Shoe Boxes - Step 2
    Step 2

    The photo will end up looking something like this, so opening it in Photoshop or any image editing program and perform some magic on it....

  • How to make a box. Polaroid Shoe Boxes - Step 3
    Step 3

    First, crank up the levels to make the image really white.

  • How to make a box. Polaroid Shoe Boxes - Step 4
    Step 4

    Then select all the areas that aren't white and fill them with white.

  • How to make a box. Polaroid Shoe Boxes - Step 5
    Step 5

    For the next step, you need an image of a polaroid. You can either scan one you already have or use my PDF - download the attachment up top!

  • How to make a box. Polaroid Shoe Boxes - Step 6
    Step 6

    Create a new layer and paste your polaroid image in to it.

  • How to make a box. Polaroid Shoe Boxes - Step 7
    Step 7

    Set the polaroid layer to "Multiply" in the settings and your shoes should appear through the little window.

  • How to make a box. Polaroid Shoe Boxes - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now you need to print these out. The easiest way is to go to a photo printing machine. If you use my template, you can do two polaroids per photo.

  • How to make a box. Polaroid Shoe Boxes - Step 9
    Step 9

    Cut these out neatly with a pair of scissors.

  • How to make a box. Polaroid Shoe Boxes - Step 10
    Step 10

    To make the polaroids look even more realistic, gently fold them over to create a slight crease.

  • How to make a box. Polaroid Shoe Boxes - Step 11
    Step 11

    This gives them a nice curve.

  • How to make a box. Polaroid Shoe Boxes - Step 12
    Step 12

    Place some double sided sticky tape on the back of your photos.

  • How to make a box. Polaroid Shoe Boxes - Step 13
    Step 13

    Stick to the front of your shoe box and you'll never forget what's in each box!

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Mamzelle Gribouillee !
Mamzelle Gribouillee ! · Francestown, New Hampshire, US · 39 projects
I like it, it's original !
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Alias Dani
Alias Dani · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 20 projects
At first, I thought, man....that's gotta be annoying and expensive, but then I saw you weren't using actual polaroids! That is so cute. Sadly, I don't have enough room to save my shoes in the boxes. They're all in one big basket. That is an adorable idea though! I will definitely use the fakie polaroid idea for something else though!
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Mickie
Mickie · Grand Junction, Colorado, US · 43 projects
lol I did this years ago.. it a good idea hu.
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Kepi
Kepi · Los Angeles, California, US · 49 projects
I love this idea. I was gonna say...where'd u find the poloroid film, but then I read your instructions. I actually have a big poloroid camera still Happy
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Linsey
Linsey · Byrnes Mill, Missouri, US · 8 projects
Making the fake poloroid is a great idea, especially since they don't make poloroid film anymore, which is not cool =(
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katcar~
katcar~ · 27 projects
i want the ones in the vivenne westwood box (the blue ones with the heart) *.*
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Kimberly K.
Kimberly K. · Dixon, Illinois, US · 10 projects
Very Nice!
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basementgirl.
basementgirl. · Detroit, Michigan, US · 4 projects
super cute!
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So
So · Hanover, Lower Saxony, DE · 65 projects
ooh, no... i just bought a shoe cabinet last week... anyway, i will pin the polaroids on the doors of it!!
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The Twins
The Twins · 9 projects
i love your shoes O.O
are they vintage?
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