Hi Friends! This week I am in Idaho for work- I have pre-scheduled posts for this week since I will be working my fanny off. I decided it would be fun to do a photo week! To kick it off, we are starting with how to make a DIY Instagram Wall Hanging.
Hanging in my hall, I have a framed DIY Instagram wall hanging. It is one of my favorite things, so I thought I’d share how to put it together and up keep it.
Note: Affiliate links may be used. See my disclosure for details
This is the inspiration photo for my project. Found here. I love Instagram (who doesn’t, right?!), but I also love seeing my photos printed out (check back on Wednesday for my other solutions for printing your photos on a budget and beautifully). For this DIY you need three things:
- A Picture Frame (the bigger the better! Mine is ——- I can fit —– photos on it). I always get my large frames from the thrift store and then paint them. This is the most cost effective way to buy a frame- they are usually about $5. Don’t pay attention to color- focus on size and the details. Even if it has something ugly framed, don’t worry, you can just throw that out.
- An Insert. You can tape your pictures right to the wall, but I didn’t want to deal with the potential mess and like the idea that I can move my wall hanging. I had the lightest piece of wood I could find at Home Depot cut to the size of the picture frame. I then painted my wood insert a mint color and assembled my frame.
- Pictures. To print pictures, I go to Walmart and use their HP photo printing machines. All you need to do is plug in your phone or jump drive and select the Instagram photos you want to print. I print them the 4″x6″ size. Make SURE to select the “do not crop” button and your photos will print perfectly- just with two white strips on the sides. You will need to trim the white edges off (they end up being 4″x4″), but this is by far the cheapest way I have found to print my Instagram photos $0.29 per photo! Another option is to take a screen shot of your Instagram photos and then you can send them anywhere to be printed without worrying about them being zoomed in and turning out weird (this distortion is what usually happens when you send a square Instagram photo in to be printed). For a visual, here is a great post on this. Again, you will just need to cut off the excess. This is the cheapest option as you can get 4×6 photos for as cheap as $0.09 if you order ahead. You can also get your Instagrams printed for $0.50 each at Social Print Studio, but you will have to pay for shipping and they require you to print 24 at a time.
- Adhesive- I like to use these square stickers to adhere the photos to the wood (the link is for Amazon or you can get them at Michael’s). They stay put, but don’t damage the wood when I take old photos off. I also use washi tape (the black and white striped tape is from Target) to tape up my Instax photos.
To upkeep, I like to print pictures every few months. I make an album in my phone of my favorites and print about 10-15 photos from that album every 2-3 months. When I have new photos, I just take my least favorite old photos off the wood and put in a photo album or throw them away. It is a bit of a pain to have to print out pictures every few months, but it is fun to see the new photos up and enjoy them with my family. Worth it 🙂