Thursday, August 22, 2013

Print Instagram Photos from your iPhone + a DIY

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Hello you guys, it's a beautiful friday and I am talking printing instagrams from my phone and DIYs.

I'll admit that I am an instagram addict.  I know we all are, right?  I take these pictures each day and they live in instagram land and sometimes on my blog.  And I like a good instagram post, you know this.  But I've been brainstorming some ways to get these little square snippets of life out of my internet and into my real life.

The decorating has been slow going since I've moved and I'm just thinking that some snazzy images staring back at my when I reach into the fridge for some yogurt.

The first step was to find a place that would let me print instagram photos without all the hassle of saving them to my computer, uploading them to a site, making sure that they were going to print the correct size, yadda, yadda.  Enter the free #WalgreensApp. In all its handiness, it allows you to send your instagram photos to be printed, directly from your phone!

I followed the easy to navigate menu and uploaded some of my favorite instagram photos to the Walgreens App and sent them in.  I got an email about an hour later saying that they were ready for pick up!  Talk about speedy :) Once I got those pictures printed, I was ready to go!

Supplies: magnet sheets, mod podge, scissors, sponge brush, and printed instagram photos!  You can get the magnet sheets at any craft or office supply store.

First, I laid out my photos on my magnet sheet. and made little marks where I needed to cut.  I just used a regular black pen and it just barely showed up on the magnet, which worked out perfectly!

I cut out my magnet squares and decided on 8 pictures to use :)

I spread some Mod Podge on the back of the photos, lightly.  You can play around with this but I found that when I put too much, it started to make my pictures a little wavy.  Eww.  Yeah, no wavy pictures.

Then, I laid my picture over top the magnet square.  I let them set just a bit by themselves and then I pressed them between my hands to make sure that they weren't coming apart.

Yi!  Then this happened.  Womp womp.

Lastly, I put a few layers of Mod Podge over the top so that the they looked more like instagram magnets and less like photos pasted on magnet, ya know?  

Tip: For the first coat, I used up and down strokes and for the second I used side to side strokes.  This way, you create a bit of a canvas looking effect.  Also, make sure that the first coat is completely dry before doing a second coat.

And here is the final product!  I really like the way that they turned out, they add a bit of cheer to my kitchen, which is exactly what I was hoping for.

To see my Google+ album for this project, click here.

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  1. I love these! Definitely will be making them in the near future.

  2. Ok I love this magnets idea! I've thought of printing my instagram pics for other DIY projects but this would be fun! Just ran across your blog and love it :) Cool, sleek design and look forward to following along!

  3. Hey, thanks :) I've been wanting to brighten up my kitchen for a while so this seemed like a good opportunity. I'm glad to have you! I just clicked over to your blog and I love it :)

  4. Aww, thank you! You totally should. They were super simple and quick!

  5. Sarah Bird Bogner2:42 PM, August 28, 2013

    I LOVE this! I have magnets all over my refrigerator of random restaurants that I'll never eat at again. I'd much rather have magnets with photos that mean something to me!

  6. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment! I felt the same way. I love seeing these cheery, familiar faces every time I walk into the kitchen!

  7. Laura@printing-Instagram7:49 PM, September 16, 2013

    Hey, My name is Laura and I blog about tips
    for displaying printed Instagram photos. I have been doing lots of looking
    around to find unique ideas and I just want to let you know I love this idea! I
    love seeing the crafty ideas that people create to display their Instagram
    photos! thank you for the inspiration and thank you for sharing. I really hope
    this idea inspires people to print their Instagram photos!