I love snapping photos on Instagram – it’s the easiest way to capture a candid moment and share with my friends and family. I wanted to do something unique with those funky little square photos, so I decided to make them into magnets for my fridge! It was a super easy and cheap DIY project. Here’s how to make magnets out of your Instagram photos:
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Magnetic Sheets
- Photo paper and printer
- Xacto knife or scissors
Access your Instagram account online (it should be http://instagram.com/yourusername) and click on the thumbnail to enlarge a picture on your computer screen. Take a screen print of each photo (on a Mac it’s command + shift + 4, on a PC you should see a print screen button on your keyboard) and select the area you want to copy. The image will save to your desktop (Mac) or onto your clipboard (PC).
It’s a little tedious, so you might want to try using a 3rd party app such as instaport.me to download your all your Instagram photos at once.
PicMonkey is a free online photo editor and the easiest way to format a collage of all the square images you saved. Use the “Create a Collage” option to start uploading your photos and use the “Square Deal” layout to get the collage to format the pics into perfect little squares.
I got the magnet sheets from Hobby Lobby for $2.99 ($1.93 after 40% off coupon – WOOT!) and it looks like this:
Print your PicMonkey collage on photo paper using your printer. Do NOT print directly on the magnet sheet (that’s just adhesive backing, silly!) Then, follow the directions on the package: trim the unwanted parts of the photo, peel off the adhesive backing from the magnet sheet and stick you photo onto the magnet sheet. Finally, cut the collage into tiny little magnet squares!
Hints and tips:
It’s pretty easy in theory, but I ran into a couple snags along the way. Hopefully, you’re not as goofy as I am.
- The number of squares you use will determine how large the photo magnets will turn out. For example, I used the 3×3 grid and printed on 5×7 photo paper and ended up with 1.5 sq. in. photo magnets. I tried doing a 4×4 grid and printed on 8.5×11 photo paper and ended up with 2×2 in. photo magnets. 2 sq. in. is what you see on your phone; however, I prefer the smaller ones for some reason.
- Do not print directly on the magnet sheet. I thought it would save me a step, but then there were lines printed across each image…#fail!
- Trim the borders off of the printed photos before you stick ’em to the magnet paper. If you’re really conservative with the magnet sheet material, you can probably get up to 32 1.5×1.5 in. photo magnets. At $2.99 per sheet, that’s like 9 cents per magnet!
- DON’T get the craft magnets that look like the one below. I thought it was a deal since you get 3 sheets for $6.99, but the magnet itself is flimsy and it requires you to print directly on the magnet sheet. My printer did not like it at all and the images ended up with yucky lines going across them.
- I actually prefer my fridge doors to be plain and clutter-free; however, with the uniformity of the squares and the uniqueness of each photo, I thought they would make a beautiful addition to the kitchen decor. Plus, Arielle had a blast playing with them:
- Go ape sh!t with these suckers! I use them for my monthly dry-erase calendar that also happens to be magnetic.
- These also make great birthday or housewarming gifts! You can snag your friend’s Instagram photos for a custom, personalized, yet inexpensive gift!
What are some interesting things you’ve done with your Instagram photos? Did you try my tutorial? How’d they turn out???
xoxo // gracielle.