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15 Clever Ideas For Instagram Photos

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 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 Ideas For Instagram Photos

15 Ideas For Instagram Photos

15 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)

Posted by decor8 in tips on May 01, 2012

Your comments...

  1. Helen commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 6:04pm

    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 :)

  2. Lindsay commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 6:05pm

    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
    Lindsay´s last blog post ..Closing Doors

  3. Jem commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 6:10pm

    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
    Jem´s last blog post ..Little happy-making makes

  4. Emma commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 6:13pm

    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!

  5. Brooke Schultz commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 6:14pm

    I love these tips! So many fun ideas.
    Brooke Schultz´s last blog post ..Personal Work: Jessica (part two)

  6. Alexis commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 6:22pm

    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.
    Alexis´s last blog post ..Painting party

  7. Anne commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 6:24pm

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

  8. kassiastclair commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 6:26pm

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

    kassiastclair´s last blog post ..Preen Colours

  9. Amberly commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 6:35pm

    Ooooh I really like the magnets idea! What about drink coasters?!
    Amberly´s last blog post ..So Small and So Cool

  10. Samira commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 6:43pm

    this is such a great idea!!!
    Samira´s last blog post ..New: Makeup

  11. Ría commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 7:03pm

    Great ideas.

    Ría´s last blog post ..Keep Calm and Smile On.

  12. Kat commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 7:08pm

    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

  13. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 7:34pm

    THIS is awesome! Thanks for all of these links hunnie! Totally going to do some of these ( posters maybe…..or canvas….) :)
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Cheap & Chic

  14. Brooke Evans commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 7:34pm

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

  15. Archimom7 commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 7:43pm

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

  16. Ulli commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 8:31pm

    Oh yes, I am so Instagram-obsessed too, I looove Instagram :)
    Thank you for sharing all these great ideas!
    Ulli´s last blog post ..Spinning around {iphoneography}

  17. Amelia commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 8:43pm

    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!! :)
    Amelia´s last blog post ..About Place

  18. decor8 commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:10pm

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

  19. Jill Seidner | Interior Design commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:24pm

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

  20. caroline commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:10pm

    Oh wow-fantastic-thanks Holly. Can’t leave Instagram alone-it’s fantastic and these ideas are brilliant!
    caroline´s last blog post ..Styling Details…

  21. Louise UK commented
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:14pm

    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!!

  22. Tia commented
    May 2nd, 2012 at 12:40am

    such cute ideas!!

  23. Leanna Valente commented
    May 2nd, 2012 at 2:01am

    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.

  24. Mabiel commented
    May 2nd, 2012 at 5:29am

    No.7 looks pretty awesome, I can see them making an interesting collection on my coffee table
    Mabiel´s last blog post ..Photo-Styled #2: Party Balloons

  25. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    May 2nd, 2012 at 6:33am

    I love the ixxi site! Great ideas and products.
    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog post ..Coffee Date: Hummingbirds…

  26. MeAndBoo commented
    May 2nd, 2012 at 7:25am

    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!
    MeAndBoo´s last blog post ..The White Bear Necklace by MeAndBoo

  27. fenny setiawan commented
    May 2nd, 2012 at 8:19am

    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 :)

  28. Chedva commented
    May 2nd, 2012 at 6:36pm

    Such great ideas! I’ve been thinking about using ixxi for a while – now I only have to decide for which room.
    Chedva´s last blog post ..Now I Know My (Vintage Letterpress) ABC

  29. Yemi@Baby Room ideas commented
    May 2nd, 2012 at 11:36pm

    So many great and wonderful ideas. My favourite is the magnet idea
    Thank you very much Holly for sharing !
    Yemi@Baby Room ideas´s last blog post ..Inspirational Baby Nurseries Ideas From Author Sania Pell

  30. alicia commented
    May 3rd, 2012 at 4:08am

    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:

  31. Carol commented
    May 3rd, 2012 at 7:20am

    Thanks so much for all these lovely, brilliant ideas!

  32. Sandra Nachtsheim commented
    May 3rd, 2012 at 12:13pm

    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

  33. belén commented
    May 6th, 2012 at 3:29pm

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

  34. Chrystina commented
    May 8th, 2012 at 2:36am

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

  35. MealsTiler commented
    May 10th, 2012 at 5:12pm

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

  36. Anita commented
    June 5th, 2012 at 12:51pm

    … 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

  37. Tate commented
    July 23rd, 2012 at 11:42pm

    Just curious why my comment was deleted?
    Tate´s last blog post ..What Is Diasec Photo Mounting? Evolution Of Acrylic Face Mounting

  38. decor8 commented
    July 24th, 2012 at 10:25am

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

  39. ruoiee commented
    August 14th, 2012 at 12:13pm

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

  40. Claire commented
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:57pm

    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.

  41. Dee commented
    March 19th, 2013 at 3:18pm

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

    Dee´s last blog post ..5 Beautiful things

  42. Kayla commented
    November 28th, 2013 at 4:50am

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

  43. sonya commented
    June 20th, 2014 at 4:25am

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

  44. julia commented
    June 20th, 2014 at 4:28am

    wow amazing dear it is funny ideas and i will try cut photo and put on my laptop :) with my boyfriends
    julia´s last blog post ..How To Decorate 25 Sqm Interior Design

  45. Alexandra Neumamn commented
    June 20th, 2014 at 8:21am

    This ideas is really awesome. I want to create a calendar! yeay…
    Alexandra Neumamn´s last blog post ..How to Install Engineered Wood Flooring?

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