I am a huge sucker for Instagram. I love taking photographs and think Instagram is a great outlet for exploring new compositions within a restrictive square format. Playing quickly with post-processing options and sharing the world from your point of view with friends, family, and the internet at large are some reasons why I love it. And quite frankly? It’s pretty cool and I want to share many of my Instagram images with people that don’t see them via the internet. I want them tangible as well as digital.
Thankfully, lots of people feel the same way and have answered the call of getting our Instagram images off of our cameras and onto something we can hold in our hands, hang on our walls, and give as gifts.
Send your friends postcards of your adventures with Postagram. Download the app to your iPhone or Android device—or use Postagram’s web function—to turn your photos into a real postcard. Postagram uses the caption as the default text but you can customize it up to 240 characters. Add your recipients and in 3–7 days they will get a postcard in the mail. The image pops out of the postcard for framing or hanging on the fridge.
Speaking of the refrigerators, Stickygram can create magnets out of your Instagram images. Sold in packs of 9, each magnet measures about 2 x 2 inches. If you scroll through my Instagram feed it would appear that one of my favorite subject matters is food. How fun would a set of magnets be of those types of shots?
Another great option for displaying your Instagram photos in the kitchen—or any room—are the ceramic tiles from ImageSnap. They have the Teeny Tile which is a 2 x 2 inch tile that comes with a self-adhesive magnet that you can put on the back for more fridge magnets. ImageSnap also has larger tiles ranging from the Classic 4.25 x 4.25 inch tile up to the Slab, a 12 x 12 inch, 5 pound ceramic tile. I’m guessing you would want to make sure that big one is hung securely to the wall.
Want something a little softer? Create a pillow out of your Instagram shots with Stitchtagram. Measuring 15 x 15 inches, these pillows can be designed with 4 larger photos or 25 small photos arranged in a grid. The back of the pillows are black and they come already stuffed and ready to toss onto the couch or snuggle up with for a nap.
Put your Instagram photos almost anywhere with stickers from Instagoodies. Each book contains 90 square stickers that measure just under one inch. You can choose 90 different images or just a few that will repeat as needed to fill the 90 spots. Go crazy sticking them to every surface you see!
I’m not sure why tiny things appeal to me so much but I am absolutely smitten with these Tinybooks from Printstagram. These little cuties measure 1.7 inches x 1.5 inches and hold 24 of your Instagram photos. They come in packs of 3 which means you have the option to choose 24 photos and get three books that are the same or 72 photos for three individual books.
Looking for a more traditional sized book to showcase your photos? Make one Blurb. With lots of customizable options—like various layouts and the ability to add text—you can create a gorgeous coffee table book of your Instagram photos.
Get your Instagram photos on the outside of your phone with a custom case from Casetagram. There are also options to create cases for your iPod or iPad.
Canvas Pop, Bumble Jax, and Hatchcraft have unique options for displaying your Instagram photos. Create canvas prints, aluminum mounted photos, and handcrafted bamboo shadow box frames with each of these three sites respectively. Any of these options would look great hanging on the wall.
If you want to get really crazy with your Instagram prints, you have to check out Instaprint. This genius machine is a location based photo booth that will print nostalgic Polaroid style prints instantly. Just have the guests at your event use a specific hashtag or location and their photos will be instantly printed. This comes with a hefty rental fee but would surely be tons of fun. I mean, who doesn’t love a photobooth?
Shoot away, share through social media, and then get those Instagram photos off your phone and into your hands.
Which one of these 12 cool things to do with your Instagram photos after you take them intrigues you the most?
Holly teaches design at a small NW Ohio college. She spends her days off hanging out with her foxy musician husband and their gorgeous new baby and ridiculously smart pre-school aged son. Holly has a passion for food, photography, beautiful letter forms, and the possibilities that can be found in a single sheet of well made paper. You can read more from Holly on her blog, Artist Mother Teacher.