I “big puffy heart” LOVE Instagram.
I am what one may call a “Mamarazzi”. Let’s just put it this way, by the time my kids are 18 if they really wanted to see what they did on almost every day of their childhood, I could show them!
I normally take pictures with a large Canon SLR camera, which gives me amazing shots, but is incredibly bulky. So for years I carried a second camera to catch shots when I’m on the go. I would, however, sometimes forget it, and it never fails that the Kodak moments in life are the ones when your camera is not in your purse! When cell phone cameras became the rage, I knew I was all set. But there was just one problem… I hate the look of cell phone pictures.
Thankfully there are smart and creative people in the world and Instagram was invented. If you haven’t discovered Instagram – it is an App for your phone or as I like to call it “a magic wand” for your cell phone photos. You take a picture and can fix it with several different filters. The results are amazing and a regular everyday photo becomes a professional looking masterpiece.
Over the years I have taken thousands of Instagram pictures. These pictures have fast become some of my favorite shots, but I really didn’t have a way to display them except on Facebook or Instagram itself. I wanted to find a way to bring the Art of Instagram off my phone and onto my walls.
So one cold and dreary Saturday my kids and I gave InstaGlam to my Instagrams!
Here’s what you need for this incredibly easy project:
1 large piece of foam board. – I bought a huge piece because I wanted my art to be big and dramatic, but you could do this with any size. You can cut shapes and personalize yours however you would like. Foam Board is perfect because its thick enough to look dimensional on the wall, but not heavy.
Oh how I love a blank canvas!
Extra Strength Glue Stick
Mod Podge – I used Matte, but Glossy would give a cool effect as well.
Command Strips Picture Hangers.
Instagram Pics. I used a total of 150 pictures on my huge board. There are several sites that will print Instagram pictures right from your phone. I used Walgreens but MPix is another option. The best part about Instagrams is they print out 4 x 4 so they are perfect little squares without any cutting. Remember Instagram pics will not print out right on a 4 x 6 size so make sure you are printing from a site that specifically prints Instagram pics.
Step One: Pick your pics.
The key to this project is to pick a variety of pictures. I chose simple activities, day to day life. I didn’t want too many “posed” or “formal” pictures. I chose a variety of pictures of my three kids individually and group shots. Don’t forget to throw in Mommy and Daddy and the pets!
Bonus points for cute kitten and sleeping kid in one picture!
Step Two: Layout
I laid out all 150 pictures on the board without glue first to check and make sure I liked the layout. This is a part the kids can definitely help with because with no glue, there is no commitment. Check to make sure you like the pictures in a certain order.
Once you get the pattern the way you want, pick up the pictures in order so you can permanently place them.
Step Three: Time to Glue!
This is a part I did while the kids were watching a movie because this is where you really need to make sure the pictures are lined up. Starting from the top left corner place the pictures with a strong glue stick. Let the top of board be your guide but make sure the bottoms of each of the squares line up.
You can use a laser level but when I tried to use this my cat kept jumping at the light and my son thought it was a laser gun to attack his brother…so who needs a level?
Continue until you fill up the board.
Step Four: Grab the Podge!
My kids favorite part of this project was the Mod Podge part. Put a thin layer of Mod Podge over the art. Make sure and let your kids help with this part because it’s neat to see what texture they do. Just make sure to follow behind them and smooth out any drops or globs.
Let the first coat dry for at least 20 minutes.
Do one more coat to seal the pictures, and create awesome texture and gloss.
Step Five: Hang your Art
Let the art dry. My board was huge so I let it dry for a few hours. Once it is completely dry, place your command picture hangers on the back (I used three across the top) and attach to the wall.
There you go…Instant Art Gallery with personality. I was amazed how artsy, edgy, and cool the project looked. The best part…my kids helped too!!
So Instagram fans, how do you use/display your Instagram photos?