Instagram Photo Frame {DIY}

Instagram Photo Frame {DIY}

In our family, gifts for the grandparents are always homemade. I mean, what do you buy people who already have it all?

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to print the pictures I take with my iPhone. I mean, I usually have at least a thousand or more saved to the phone at a time. Why aren’t I displaying those photos? Its so affordable to print these photos and the options are endless. Photo books, square prints, canvas prints, stickers, magnets and more. Yet, mine stay confined to my iPhone camera roll? Its basically ridiculous.

This year I wanted to do something specifically with my Instagram photos and I had seen a few ideas floating around. I wanted to make something for the grandparents that gave them easy access to the prints so when I mail them new prints they can easily swap them around.

I went to my local Michael’s store and grabbed my supplies. Total cost for the materials from Michael’s was less than $40.00. I used my handy Walgreens app to print my Instagram photos and that cost around $10.00.

  • 3 black frames. For this project the frames I chose were size 11″x14″. (on sale for $6.99 each)
  • small spool of hemp rope
  • mini clothes pins, 3 packages. In case some break its a good idea to give your recipient a few extra.
  • At home I already had my hot glue gun, scissors, drill, screwdriver, and screws.

Remove glass and backing from your frame. Discard or save for another project.

step 2 instagram frame

 Remove hanging hardware from frame back and refasten to frame using the drill, screw and screwdriver.

step 3 instagram frame

Measure your rope and attach to each side of the frame using hot glue. Its a good idea to roll the rope in the hot glue to get a strong hold.

Do this three times or as many as you can fit on your frame.

Instagram Photo Frame Finally you can attach your pins and photos!

I love this gift and all the grandparents LOVED it. I’m so glad too because now I can quickly print and ship the cute, square photos from my phone and ship them off to each of their homes. This is a great way for them to keep a current set of photos displayed and they can swap them out and rearrange them any which way they like.

Now, I need to make one for myself! 🙂



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About Candice

Candice is a mom of three under 5. Originally from the smallest state of Rhode Island, now living in Connecticut. From working gal to stay-at-home mom, she is walking the path of the Modern Mom.


  1. That’s perfect for grandparents! They are usually the only ones who have film developed anymore. My mother-in-law is always taking pictures of the grandkids. This will give her a place to put the new ones! Love it!
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  2. What a creative, classy way to display those photographs. Love it!

  3. What a great idea! I love my Instagram and it’s a great idea to get those pix off of the computer and display them!
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  4. Oh wow. That is so cute. I love it. I definitely want to make one. Thanks for the how to.
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  5. this is so creative! I love it, I can finally get to see all of the photos that are hidden on my phone every day!
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  6. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the idea of actually doing something with your Instagram photos.
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  7. That turned out SOOO cute and sounds really easy!! This would be a cute way to show off baby’s first year on a display!
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  8. I absolutely love this! I have way too way pictures saved on my camera as well.

  9. This is beautiful. 🙂 And what a lovely gift. I think I will make this! Thanks!

  10. oh my goodness what a fun idea!! i do’nt have anyone to send them to but would gladly print for me
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  11. This is such a cute idea, and it would make a great gift for my far away relatives!
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  12. Really this is so neat – I love that you can print your Instagram pictures and then display them that way! If only I had time to craft 😉
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  13. oh my goodness what wonderful idea, pinning this!

  14. I want to make one of these for my desks. I love taking pictures!
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  15. Oh, that is just darling!!! I’ll have to make one for my office.
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  16. That is too cute! What a creative idea. I need to do something with my Instagram photos for sure!
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  17. Ahh This is so cute!
    I have tons of photos on my phone I really need to print.
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