If you’re like me, there’s a very good chance that your phone is loaded with photos that you snap every chance you get but that rarely show up anywhere else. Except for maybe your Instagram account. At last count I had a good 1500-plus photos-and-counting just chillin’ on my iPhone basically going nowhere, which is why I recently decided I had to find a good way to put some of those photos to use. After much hemming and hawing I decided to create a cool Instagram photos shadowbox to hang up in our kitchen, someplace where we’ll see it everyday and can regularly swap out photos with the season. I love how it turned out! Want to make your own? You totally should. Click through for the super simple DIY how-to!
DIY Instagram Photo Shadowbox 1 of 8
Preserve and show off your favorite Instagram photos with this quick and easy (and awesome) shadowbox. Click through for the how-to!
Supplies 2 of 8
To get started you'll need your favorite Instagram photos printed to whichever size you desire (mine are 4-inch square), a shadowbox frame (mine was on clearance at Michael's), washi tape, gift wrap in a seasonal pattern, painter's tape and basic white pushpins from the office supply store.
Print Photos with Mobile Printing 3 of 8
To print my photos, I used my wireless HP Envy series printer, printing them directly from my phone. On my iPhone, it's as easy as connecting to the printer using the wireless capability and then opening the photo in the respective album and sending it right to the printer through the share button. Easy peasy!
DIY Washi Tape Pushpins 4 of 8
Because I wanted to keep my shadowbox feeling seasonal, I chose to cover my basic white pushpins with colorful washi tape. Right now I'm displaying a collection of photos and mementos from the summer so I simply covered each pushpin with a small piece of tape and then trimmed it to keep a clean edge.
Cover the Backing with Gift Wrap 5 of 8
Again with the idea of keeping the shadowbox seasonal and rotating it out every few months, I opted to cover the backing of the shadowbox. I used a piece of gift wrap (mine is from Target) and simply wrapped it around the backing, leaving enough of a margin to adhere it to the back with painter's tape.
Pin Your Photos 6 of 8
Once the backing is covered and colorful, flip it over and begin pinning away! I chose a mix of photos, mementos and Chinese fortune cookies fortunes, which we love to hoard. (As in, we have dozens upon dozens of favorites that we've stashed away for a rainy day.) Again, I kept everything themed to the last few months of summer adventures and used colors that make it feel bright and happy.
Display and Enjoy 7 of 8
I seriously love how simple and easy this little project was, especially considering how happy it makes me to look over and spy some of our favorite recent snapshots hanging in our tiny galley kitchen. I plan to swap it out frequently, choosing different paper for the background and washi tape to cover the pins to fit with each season. (And because the materials are really inexpensive and a cinch to work with it will making switching it up regularly easy and cost effective!)
Show Off Your Instagram Favorites 8 of 8
So simple and so fun - I hope you give this quick and easy Instagram shadowbox a try!
Photos by Cyd Converse
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