{diy: instagram wall}

February 16, 2012 § 9 Comments

last week we posted this instagram wall and had some questions as to how we made it. so we put together a diy guide we hope you will find helpful and easy to understand.


  • instagram pictures (or any square sized images)
  • black foam core board
  • photo safe adhesive spray
  • permanent mounting tape (we used Scotch brand, double-sided squares)
  • pencil
  • tape Measure
  • ruler
  • level
  • painters tape
  • cutting implement, i.e. razor blade or Exacto knife
  • scissors

Step 1: Plan.

first, decide the dimensions you would like to work with. for the sake of understanding we’ll give you the numbers we used.  we went with fourteen by fourteen 3-inch squares. * hint: it helps to draw it out.

our measurements: (14 squares X 3” = 42”), with a ½ inch space in between each picture (13 spaces X .5” = 6.5”), for a total of  (42” + 6.5” = 48.5”).

Step 2: Measure.

measure, level, and tape off your work area with painters tape.

Step 3: Print pictures.

print pictures. there are infinite sites that will print instagram pictures for you; however, we found a quicker and more cost effective method.  we needed 196 photos (14 X 14), so we used photoshop to size two 3” square photos onto one picture and printed 98, 4 X 6 pictures at costco.

Step 4: Crop photos.

cut out each picture (make sure to keep each photo as close to 3” X 3” as possible).

Step 5: More measuring and cutting.

using a pencil, measure and mark 3” squares onto your foam core board and cut out using a razor blade.

Step 6: The sticky part.

adhere picture squares to foam core squares using photo safe adhesive.

Step 7: Assemble.

starting in the top left corner of your taped off square, (using the permanent mounting tape) stick the first picture, measure half an inch over, and stick another square. continue until you have all fourteen across, and then repeat the same system working downward, then across, then down until you have used all your squares.

Step 8: Admire your work.

now stand back and take an instagram pic of your instagram wall and tweet it for everyone to see.

*for the frame we picked up 1.5 ” pieces of wood from lowe’s, painted them black, and nailed them straight into the wall to form a frame around our insta-wall art. ta da.



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