Thrifty Thursday: Instagram Decor


Ok, raise your hand if you are as obsessed with Instagram as I am. I’m a self-proclaimed photographer who stives to capture every interesting moment in film. There is usually not a day that goes by that I don’t snap at least one picture (or fifty). I love my camera but because it’s so bulky I only have it with me when I plan ahead. My cell phone, on the other hand, has made snapping candids and spontaneous picture-taking so easy! Add the Instagram app to the mix and I’m in my own personal picture editing heaven. You’ve got your effects like Sierra, Lo-Fi, and Inkwell (to name a few) and don’t forget about adding a border if the mood strikes you. Yes, I could go on and on.

Recently, while browsing my personal Instagram album of pictures on my phone, I decided I should really put them to good use. I’ve been wanting to spruce up my downstairs hallway. Why not a little Instagram décor?

First, I picked up a large 24 x 36 poster frame from Walmart.

This will fit exactly 54 Instagram photos (4 in x 4 in)
This will fit exactly 54 Instagram photos (4 in x 4 in)

Then, I used the Walgreens app to print a ton of my Instagram photos directly from my phone so all I had to do was pick them up! How easy is that? What I love about Walgreens is that their app allows you to print your Instagram photos as 4 in x 4 in squares so it stays true to your originals.

Here are the Instagram photos I had printed. Ok, so maybe I went a little overboard...
Here are the Instagram photos I had printed. Ok, so maybe I went a little overboard…

The next step, and hardest part, was to narrow down my pictures to the 54 that would fit the frame. Then I arranged them the way I wanted them to be displayed in the frame. The backing was cardboard so I just used pieces of scotch tape on the back of the pictures to hold them in place. There are websites you can go to that will turn your Instagram pictures into an actual poster for you, like Printstagram (you should take a second and see all the cool products they can turn your Instagram pics into). The reason I chose not to do that was because I wanted to have the option to update my collage in the future.

After only 45 minutes of choosing, arranging, and taping my photos, I was able to hang my new piece of art on the wall . TA-DA!

Forgive the glare, but you get the idea.
Forgive the glare, but you get the idea.
Another angle. This time with less of a glare.
Another angle. This time with less of a glare.

It was fun, easy and the best part is that it’s my own personal treasury of keepsake moments! Don’t use Instagram yet? I highly recommend you download the app and try it! Fair warning though; you might become as addicted to it as I am.

6 comments on “Thrifty Thursday: Instagram Decor”

  1. oh oh oh LOVE! Carly this is such an awesome idea!!!! I am such an instagram junkie, too! now i’ll have a place to show how hip i can make my boring pics!

  2. This is so cool!!! I dont have Instagram, but this is defintely giving me the itch. I have a ton of pics just sitting on my phone that i can use though!

  3. I love this what a great idea! I keep telling Kate she needs to download the instagram app because I think she would love taking photos of all her fairy like stuff!

    1. Thank you Carly and Michelle ~ I’m SOLD! Especially because just this week I’ve been looking through photos and just this morning I was wondering what the HELL to do with all of them! Thank you, thank you! 🙂 ♥

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