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Jan 2, 2014
06:00 AM

InstaCrafty: Instant Craft Fun with Your Instagram Photos

Create a book, stickers, gift tags and more, all by tapping into your digital Instagram images. Here are a few cool services and a how-to to make your own art.

InstaCrafty: Instant Craft Fun with Your Instagram Photos

How many Instagram do we have here? Whether you post pics of your kids daily or your children are the photographers in the family, chances are we've got more than a few Instagram fans who browse the Make It blog. As with many of our digital photographs today, the conundrum becomes: How do you show off your Instagram art? All too often, these beautiful photos are doomed to a lifetime of digital viewing on small screens only. But we can change that! Take a look at some of these great online resources for transforming your Instagram photos into real-life works of art and try a quick project, too.

StickyGram is a service for turning your Instagram photos into magnets and cell phone and tablet covers. The magnets, roughly the actual size of your original Instagram photo on your phone, arrive as a sheet of nine pieces and will stick to any magnetic service. Just think – your refrigerator could quickly become a larger-than-life art gallery for your family!
Looking for a printing service? What about a photo book? Printstagram not only offers printing from one-off prints to greeting cards, but also as framed art.
Ready to craft with your images? Liz of Say Yes to Hoboken had some of her favorite images printed and turned them into simple gift tags using a paper tag punch. Gifts have never been so personalized. You and your favorite crafters can also create a tabletop mini art gallery with your Instagram photos, too. Here's how we did it.  

Materials

  • Small artist's canvas
  • Small easel
  • Favorite Instagram photos, printed on home printer
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Strong, double-sided tape (try Therm-o-Web from the scrapbook aisle)
  • Tacky glue
  • Toothpick
  • Mod Podge (optional)

Instructions

1. Print out your selected image. You'll want to make sure the image is about an inch bigger than the canvas on all sides. The image will be wrapped around the canvas, so keep that in mind as you select your photo.
2. Apply a liberal amount of glue with your glue stick to the back of your image, right in the center of the paper. Press the canvas onto the paper.
3. Fold your picture around all four sides of the canvas – just like you would if you were wrapping a present. Place a piece of double-sided tape to the paper and press onto the canvas back. If your wrapping is too tight or the tape is hard to apply, paint a thin layer of glue to the paper with a toothpick.
4. Turn your canvas over and crease all edges. If you'd like, seal the image with a coat of Mod Podge and let dry. Display your new canvas on your tiny easel.

 

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