15 Clever Ideas For Instagram Photos

May 1, 2012

I’m so in love with the idea of turning Instagram photos into something more — prints, a canvas, stickers, mini books, wall art – any and all ideas work for me – bring it! Last year, I turned a bunch of my own photos into art using ixxi in the Netherlands. I also gave my husband a present by turning some of his Instagram photos into ixxi wall art too. He was so happy when they arrived and immediately assembled them and installed it above his desk (You can see it here).

15 Clever Ideas For Instagram Photos

I’m guessing that if you are Istagram-obsessed like me, you must have recurring thoughts of turning them into something real too. My ideas motivated me to do some research to see what is out there and I found 15 cool ideas for Istagram photos that I’ve listed for you below. Ready to check them out?

1. As mentioned already, ixxi. I was surprised by how nice mine came out given that each square is pretty big. They look great!

2. Turn them into a canvas with instacanvas or canvaspop.

3. Sell them in your own shop here to your fans like nini_cb. Love her work!

4. Turn them into tiny books using Printstagram or larger ones with Blurb.

5. Turn them into sticker books
or giant stickers.

6. Have you thought to make them into mini matte photos? This is my favorite idea. I am going to place an order as soon as I finish writing this post!

7. What about a spiral bound mini book?

8. Or a t-shirt (this option will be available soon here).

9. How about a poster with a black or white border?

10. Perhaps a memory box with every photo you’ve ever taken on Instagram?

11. How about magnets?

12. I know, you’d like a custom iPhone case!

13. Turn them into ceramic tiles of all sizes and shapes.

14. Everyone loves pillows! Eep!

15. Create a calendar.

15 Clever Ideas For Instagram Photos

15 Clever Ideas For Instagram Photos

15 Clever Ideas For Instagram Photos

15 Clever Ideas For Instagram Photos

Any of these ideas catch your eye? I’m very keen on the mini photos (No. 6) and the iPhone case (No. 12). Stickers sound fun too!

(images: printstagram and casetagram)


  • Reply Helen May 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I am also Istagram obsessed, I can’t stop taking photos. I’m Loving the iphone case and the stickers too! Thanks for sharing all these fun ideas :)

  • Reply Lindsay May 1, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    i love the endless possiblities technology brings us nowadays! being able to share glimpses of our world with others is such a fun, creative outlet. thanks for sharing all of these options! <3

  • Reply Jem May 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I can definitely second the magnets – I had some made via Stickygram a few weeks ago and they are just brilliant. Will definitely be ordering more!

    Ceramic tiles may be my next pitstop . . . !

    Jem xXx

  • Reply Emma May 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    This post actually made me consider downloading the Instagram app, just to be able to make that mini spiral book for my daughter. I think she’d love to have a book with photos of all her favorite persons, toys and places!

  • Reply Brooke Schultz May 1, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I love these tips! So many fun ideas.

  • Reply Alexis May 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    The sticker book idea is my favorite, how cool! I’m always trying to figure out what I could do with my instagram photos because I love them so much.

  • Reply Anne May 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    So many great ideas. I want to try them all.
    Thank you very much Holly!

  • Reply kassiastclair May 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    This is such a great post – I love the phone idea.

  • Reply Amberly May 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Ooooh I really like the magnets idea! What about drink coasters?!

  • Reply Samira May 1, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    this is such a great idea!!!

  • Reply Ría May 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Great ideas.

  • Reply Kat May 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks for this round up Holly, I have been wanting to try out some places and now have plenty links to follow up and choose from, kat x

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente May 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    THIS is awesome! Thanks for all of these links hunnie! Totally going to do some of these ( posters maybe…..or canvas….) :)

  • Reply Brooke Evans May 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    This is such a great roundup. I too want to try them all. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Archimom7 May 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I am also obsessed with Instagram like you. Such great ideas, Thanks for the post!

  • Reply Ulli May 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Oh yes, I am so Instagram-obsessed too, I looove Instagram :)
    Thank you for sharing all these great ideas!

  • Reply Amelia May 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Love this! I just made a book on Blurb in about 15 minutes and think that I’m going to start doing 4 a year, one for each season–such a great find!

    I would really like to pin this post so that I can easily revisit this and I’m having trouble getting it to pin because it’s only giving images of your advertiser’s links. Can anyone help with this?

    Thanks!! :)

    • Reply decor8 May 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      @Amelia – THANK YOU for telling me about this – I just notified the appropriate people to ensure that this gets fixed asap.

  • Reply Jill Seidner | Interior Design May 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    LOVE all these ideas – great resources! I’m going to have to check them out! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply caroline May 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Oh wow-fantastic-thanks Holly. Can’t leave Instagram alone-it’s fantastic and these ideas are brilliant!

  • Reply Louise UK May 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Love these..thank you! Am thinking how cool a work portfolio woul
    d be using some instagram shots and printing as mini books..great promotional ideas as well as personal gifts etc. very excited!!

  • Reply Tia May 2, 2012 at 12:40 am

    such cute ideas!!

  • Reply Leanna Valente May 2, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I’m SO obsessed that I went to a premier Instagram exhibit today and instagrams the instgrams. Meaning, I blogged and took pics, via insta of the instas’. Pretty cool right? Follow me at twitter: @valenteartstyle and you’ll c.
    I’ll post on the blog to. This was at W Hotel Times Sq, NYC. Heavenly.

  • Reply Mabiel May 2, 2012 at 5:29 am

    No.7 looks pretty awesome, I can see them making an interesting collection on my coffee table

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang May 2, 2012 at 6:33 am

    I love the ixxi site! Great ideas and products.

  • Reply MeAndBoo May 2, 2012 at 7:25 am

    This is soooo great and just what I needed – I am doing an Instagram project that I want to make into a little book just for me, and this is perfect for that. Thanks for the info!

  • Reply fenny setiawan May 2, 2012 at 8:19 am

    This is a very useful sharing. Thanks for this info Holly. I have like 500 plus instagram photo, so now I can do something about it :)

  • Reply Chedva May 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Such great ideas! I’ve been thinking about using ixxi for a while – now I only have to decide for which room.

  • Reply Yemi@Baby Room ideas May 2, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    So many great and wonderful ideas. My favourite is the magnet idea
    Thank you very much Holly for sharing !

  • Reply alicia May 3, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Oh, I was just looking for great things to do with Instagram pics! (I’m Android, so I just got Instagram a few weeks ago.) Here’s my DIY Instagram canvases using Mod Podge:

  • Reply Carol May 3, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Thanks so much for all these lovely, brilliant ideas!

  • Reply Sandra Nachtsheim May 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Holly! Many thanks for this post! I was thinking exactly what else is there I could do with my instagram photos… This is a great gift idea, especially with mothers day coming up!! Many thanks!! Best, Sandra

  • Reply belén May 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    lots of great ideas!

  • Reply Chrystina May 8, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Oh my goodness, can you imagine tiling a bathroom or kitchen or playroom in those tiles? That’s incredible. (and expensive…)

  • Reply MealsTiler May 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    These are gorgeous! Anyone know a site where you can print instagram pics of those you follow and not just yours? Greatpost, thanks!

  • Reply Anita June 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    … That’s why I love to change my phone right now! I am so itching, can’t wait to start doing this…..great ideas..x

  • Reply Tate July 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Just curious why my comment was deleted?

    • Reply decor8 July 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

      @Tate: because it wasn’t a comment, it was an ad.

  • Reply ruoiee August 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    wow!!!! Thanks for sharing it… I was thinking of doing something more creative with my instagram pictures.. these options are lovely!! :D

  • Reply Claire November 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Not so many of these sites for the UK :( You can get cute Polaroid-style prints and desk calendars with your Instagram pic on at They do free shipping worldwide too.

  • Reply Dee March 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I love all these ideas. What a great way to display your captured memories!

  • Reply Kayla November 28, 2013 at 4:50 am

    These are awesome ideas!! There is also wearshare where you can make them bracelets and wear them.

  • Reply sonya June 20, 2014 at 4:25 am

    thank you for share it i will try at home thank you for idea

  • Reply julia June 20, 2014 at 4:28 am

    wow amazing dear it is funny ideas and i will try cut photo and put on my laptop :) with my boyfriends

  • Reply Alexandra Neumamn June 20, 2014 at 8:21 am

    This ideas is really awesome. I want to create a calendar! yeay…

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