Our Instagram Photo Wall

Since last year, Amanda and I have been taking photos and publishing them on an iPhone app called Instagram.  In a nutshell, it’s a photo community built around “instant” iPhone pics. I’ve found it to be very satisfying way to capture my life, because I always have my iPhone, but don’t always have my dSLR handy.  I’ve been awful about printing out my photos and hanging them on the wall.  For one thing, frames are so expensive.  Additionally, I get sick of my photos too quickly and want to change them out.  So we had an idea of printing out and hanging a grid of these Instagram photos in frames, with the thought being that we’d just rotate in some new pics every few weeks.  I’m very excited to show you how our wall turned out.


The frames were super cheap.  When all was said and done, we bought 16 frames for under $80 at Michael’s.  In fact, this whole thing cost us under $100. “The wall”, as we’re calling it, is in our dining area where we’ll see it every night as we sit down to eat as a family.  It’s meant to inspire us to appreciate special moments in our lives and to take more photos, all of us.  My kids photos will be joining those that Amanda and I have taken.  Already, I’ve been teaching my kids to look for moments and ask for mom or dad’s iPhone to take a picture, but honestly, they’ve already got the eye.

So the pictures aren’t perfect, the prints aren’t perfect, the frames aren’t perfect…but life isn’t perfect.  Take more pictures anyway and celebrate your life.

Laura Gaspard - April 13, 2011 - 10:30 am


Rebekah Vinyard - April 13, 2011 - 10:50 am

Wow! This is such a great idea and you guys pulled it off beautifully! Great work!

Alisha Ippolito - April 13, 2011 - 12:41 pm

This looks great! Did you print with Instaprint or somewhere else? I’ve been collecting all my Instagram prints in a folder and at the end of the year I’m going to pick my favorites to showcase framed as well. :)

Kevin - April 13, 2011 - 2:11 pm

Laura, your move next…home-decor-awesomeness queen!

Kevin - April 13, 2011 - 2:13 pm

The hanging with precision was all Amanda. She about to bludgeon me to death with a hammer, though, cause she was so frustrated with the frames not lining up.

Kevin - April 13, 2011 - 2:22 pm

Alisha, thanks! We printed ours out on 5×7’s on my Epson 835 Artisan. I love that printer. Had the previous one and it makes nice, consistent prints from Lightroom when printing on Epson paper and using the Epson paper ICC configurations. I think we’re going to start seeing a lot of these instagram printing services pop up, like Postagram, for instance.

Adrian Hummel - April 18, 2011 - 11:15 am

That is a really cool idea. Great stuff!

Kevin - April 19, 2011 - 9:09 am

Thanks, Adrian!

Lara - November 9, 2011 - 7:37 am

awesome idea! I think looks so great—I’ve been wanting to do this myself. Seeing yours as me motivated :)


hannah - February 13, 2012 - 12:22 pm

what a great idea! it looks like the photos are printed at 4×4 or 5×5…are those the dimensions? i always have the hardest time finding frames that work for my instagram photos! thanks!

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Carrie - Careful Cents - February 21, 2012 - 10:12 am

This is absolutely one of the best ideas ever! I’m a big fan of Instagram and use it all the time on my iPhone. I also enjoy photography and displaying my photos in my apartment. I will definitely be doing this. Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration.

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Patty - February 23, 2012 - 6:15 am

Love the idea! Love your last statement! “So the pictures aren’t perfect, the prints aren’t perfect, the frames aren’t perfect…but life isn’t perfect. Take more pictures anyway and celebrate your life.”

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Maria smith - March 1, 2012 - 8:08 am

Did you use the same instagram “filters” for all the pics or different ones? What size are the frames? Thanks so much!

Lisa - March 27, 2012 - 11:23 pm

You can get your instagram pics printed from an app called postal pix. I’ve tried it and they turned out awesome. You can get 4×4, 5×5, 8×8 or regular size prints. It’s awesome check it out!

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Natalie - April 19, 2012 - 9:06 am

Amazing! Great Job, you guys!

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This is such a great idea, thank you for sharing!

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i love it!! awesome idea.

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What size frames did you get and what size prints did you order?

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Martha Locker - August 11, 2012 - 11:51 pm

Love this. just downloaded Instagram so I can do this.

Lisa Marks Schwarz - August 18, 2012 - 11:29 pm

Kevin–how are you enlarging and printing the instagram pictures?

Kim Baker - August 30, 2012 - 11:05 am

I love this idea! I think a “favorites photo wall” will be happening in the very near future.

Marsha Regeling - August 30, 2012 - 11:16 am

Super idea. I saw a nice collage frame that would work perfectly. Or maybe one of those 3 panel screens. Thanks for the mind diversion Kim!

Kim Baker - August 30, 2012 - 11:31 am

I need to get to Ikea. They have, if I remember correctly, some pretty inexpensive square frames that I think will work perfectly for this. :)

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Where did you get your instagram pictures printed?

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Anna Servey - October 11, 2012 - 5:31 pm

@[35636298379:274:Photo Pro] in Cedar Rapids, IA can print Instagram’s up to 12×12″! They do a fantastic job!=o)

Susanne Holzer Miller - October 14, 2012 - 2:29 am

Love this!!!!

Teri Roux Ramirez - November 9, 2012 - 7:39 pm

What size frames? It looks awesome! Thank you for the inspiration!

Sheila Chaconas Melo - December 5, 2012 - 1:42 am

Not sure if the question below was answered… but what type/size frame was used from Michael’s? This picture display looks amazing!

Kimberly Robinson - December 9, 2012 - 3:01 am

Love the square frame& matte, cannot find them anywhere, please help!

David Sander - December 9, 2012 - 10:14 am

I have same question what size frame and mat? What is the mat size? Can someone please post? Are they enlarged or just your 4 x 4..

Natalie Myers - December 29, 2012 - 9:56 pm

Michaels have 8×8 matted frames for $9.99, they have an opening for the 4×4 instaprints. This week frames are on sale at Michaels.

Sheila Chaconas Melo - December 29, 2012 - 10:12 pm

Thank you!

David Sander - December 30, 2012 - 4:14 pm

Do you know SKU number?

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Sheila Chaconas Melo - February 1, 2013 - 12:06 am

FYI – My local Michael’s only has 8×8 frames for a 5×5 picture (reg retail $19.99). I did find 8×8 frames for 5×5 picture online at Walmart (product code 0003855539077) @ $13.97 for a 2 pk. Also, as mentioned by Anna, PhotoProOnline.com prints Instagram photos (and they print 5×5).

Beezly Sultana Groh - February 2, 2013 - 10:34 pm

I was able to find the exact frames at Michael’s. In fact, 16 frames cost me $80 plus tax (but the frames were 50% off at the time). I took me a little while to find the exact frames so I thought I would share with you. The frames are from Michael’s Studio Decor Portrait Collection (SKU 470900); 10×10 matted to 5×5 picture window (window is framed by a thin black plastic insert…it is not double matted). Also, if you look carefully, the frame finish is not smooth–wood grains are visible. You will have to print out your instragrams 5×7 to fit these frames.

Beezly Sultana Groh - February 2, 2013 - 10:39 pm

I was able to find the exact frames at Michael’s. In fact, 16 frames cost me $80 plus tax (but the frames were 50% off at the time). I took me a little while to find the exact frames so I thought I would share with you. The frames are from Michael’s Studio Decor Portrait Collection (SKU 470900); 10×10 matted to 5×5 picture window (window is framed by a thin black plastic insert…it is not double matted). Also, if you look carefully, the frame finish is not smooth–wood grains are visible. You will have to print out your instragrams 5×7 to fit these frames.

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How did you print your instagram photos?

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http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00078051/ But it looks like you might get a better frame and mat from Michael’s.

Courtney Groom Denton - June 23, 2013 - 1:07 am

Why do you have to print 5×7 for a 5×5 opening?

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Hi Courtney, it’s easy to just break open a pack of 5×7’s and print on them, rather than cutting a 5×5 from a 5×7. The extra white space is hidden by the matting.

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f you share it to facebook or other program you can copy then paste it to excel or “save image as” if you want to edit it before you print it …. i hope you get it ^___^

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Hey, My name is Laura and I blog about tips for displaying printed Instagram photos at printicular.com/printing-instagram. 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!

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£3.50 a frame!! hope this helps – i definately will do this as my next home project :)

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