We are addicted to Instagram. There we said it. Those square images in all their filtered glory, we really cannot get enough. We wanted to be able to enjoy our pictures without staring face down at our phones all the time, so we printed them out and posted them on a real wall and ta da, Insta-wall art.
It took a little planning and a lot of tedious sticking and straightening, but we love the end result… and Cupcake appears to be pretty satisfied too. Want to make your own totally awesome wall of Instagram magic? Here’s how we did it.
DIY Instagram Wall
• Instagram pictures (or any square sized images)
• Black foam core board
• Photo safe adhesive spray
• Permanent mounting tape (we used Scotch brand, double-sided squares)
• Tape Measure
• Painters tape
• Cutting implement, i.e. razor blade or Exacto knife
Step 1: Plan.
First, decide the dimensions you would like to work with. For the sake of understanding we’ll give you the numbers we used. We went with fourteen by fourteen 3-inch squares. * Hint: it helps to draw it out.
Our measurements: (14 squares X 3” = 42”), with a ½ inch space in between each picture (13 spaces X .5” = 6.5”), for a total of (42” + 6.5” = 48.5”).
Step 2: Measure.
Measure, level, and tape off your work area with painters tape.
Step 3: Print pictures.
Print your pictures. There are infinite sites that will print Instagram pictures for you; however, we found a quicker and more cost effective method. We needed 196 photos (14 X 14), so we used photoshop to size two 3” square photos onto one picture and printed 98, 4" X 6" pictures at Costco.
Step 4: Crop photos.
Cut out each picture (make sure to keep each photo as close to 3” X 3” as possible).
Step 5: More measuring and cutting.
using a pencil, measure and mark 3” squares onto your foam core board and cut out using a razor blade.
Step 6: The sticky part.
Adhere picture squares to foam core squares using photo safe adhesive.
Step 7: Assemble.
Starting in the top left corner of your taped off square, (using the permanent mounting tape) stick the first picture, measure half an inch over, and stick another square. continue until you have all fourteen across, and then repeat the same system working downward, then across, then down until you have used all your squares.
Step 8: Admire your work.
Now stand back and take an Instagram pic of your Instagram wall and tweet it for everyone to see.
*For the frame we picked up 1.5” pieces of wood from the hardware store, painted them black, and nailed them straight into the wall to form a frame around our Insta-wall art. Ta da.