Fridays at Home: Instagram Prinstagram

15th March 2013

Ah, Instagram. You won’t make a bad photo a good photo (though people sure try, poor things), but you sure do make life prettier. The filters are redolent of sweeter, more innocent days (yeah, right), and we can’t resist.

Honestly, I adore Instagram. I took photo classes back in school and have dabbled in photography off and on for years. Instagram is just an extension of my camera obsession. In fact, you’ll only see me use one filter (I’m pickygirl on Instagram) because it is consistent. I read an article a year or so ago that said the photographer only used the same filter, and if a snap didn’t look good with that filter, he didn’t post it. (I can’t find the original article). I stick with that, and it’s a challenge. Of course, from time to time, I still post a not-so-hot photo.

When Effortless Style posted last May about Prinstagram, I hung onto the link. I knew I wanted to do an installation of my prints somewhere, but how? I didn’t want the poster but the actual prints. I finally ordered last week – 48 prints for $12! – and waited, not so patiently. The photos came quickly, and the quality is amazing. They look like mini Polaroid prints, but they’re actually printed on thick photo paper with the white border.

I also bought some washi tape from Etsy because I didn’t want to affix the photos with anything too formal. I’m not quite finished with the wall, as I want to add a plain white/turquoise/hot pink (not sure which, yet) frame around the photos, but I love having some of my favorites on the wall. They’re so cheery!





See? I think it needs an oversized frame to ground it a bit, but I love coming in and seeing these. Since this room doubles as my office, I’m in here quite a bit.

I’m just so glad I have actual print copies of these now. Even though I have an instant camera, the film is pretty pricey, so I actually think I’m going to sell my camera now that I know I can print these so reasonably.

What do you think? I can actually see a whole wall full of these and think it would be awesome. You could also do picture frame trim to have a more uniform installation of them. Regardless, I’m a bit in love. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Friday! Do you have any home and/or garden projects up your sleeve this weekend?

P.S. Prinstagram did not pay me or otherwise reimburse me for this post. I just enjoy sharing when I come across something so cool.

  • This looks fantastic–I love it. That tape is the perfect way to hang those photos.

    Thanks for posting about Printstagram, too! I have a few Instagram photos that I’d love to have printed.

    • Thank you! I had seen this tape, mostly from people doing Project Life on Instagram, and something clicked.

      Prinstagram also has other options, too. I’ll definitely be using them again.

  • I love this so much! It always makes me sort of sad that most of my pictures are only stored digitally. I think the last time I got pictures actually made was three years ago after my honeymoon!

    • Thanks, Meg! I miss the days of real photos, too. But I also don’t want to go back to indiscriminate photo printing. This is the best of both worlds.

  • Cat

    That’s brilliant – I’m totally stealing this. I had forgotten all about prinstagram – thanks for the reminder!

    • You’re welcome, and thank you! I love it.

  • Leslie

    Love it!!! That whole room puts a smile on
    my face ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Then you need to come visit it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • CassandraNeace

    I’ve don’t prints before, but I can’t remember the name of the service. It seems like this was a bit faster that what I used. I’ve also had cute little magnets made from Instagram photos. That was super cute! I gave them to all of the little one’s various grandparents for Christmas.

    The wall looks great, and an oversized frame is a great idea. You can probably buy trim pieces from home depot and cut/paint to your preference.

    • It’s a great service. I know there are others out there, but I still can’t get over the quality of these. Plus, great price. They also have where you can make them into stickers or little books. So cool.

      And thanks for the reminder about cutting trim! Duh. Such a simple, cheap solution. I’ll likely do that this weekend.

  • Kristen Walker

    I love it! Such a great idea to use the washi tape and an oversized frame. I am going to have to recreate this at my house because I love my instagram pics!

    • I love mine, too. I think they’re such great reminders of everyday life as well as special occasions. I’ve gotten in the habit of trying to find something neat to snap a pic of while my dog and I are out walking each day. It’s fun, and I’ve gotten some great photos from it.

  • jennabenda

    Your idea is fantastic and I’m totally going to do it too!

    • Awesome! Glad you’ll be able to use it. It’s perfect for people in apartments and rentals, too, because the washi tape is so gentle.

  • Charlie

    How fun! I’d agree with your thoughts regarding a frame, it looks nice now but a frame would definitely finish it off well.

    • Yes. It just needs it. I think if I had a larger installation, maybe not. Who knows…maybe I’ll keep adding to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ashley Calder

    What an awesome project! So glad you are enjoying your tape. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I am! I can already tell I should have ordered more. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • That is really cool. I’ve always wished I were more of a picture person.

    • That’s what so neat about Instagram. Plenty of people who weren’t are starting to pay more attention to documenting daily life.

  • This is very cool. Love the tapes you used too. I wish I could print some of my Instagram prints out in poster size but the resolution is so crappy they’d be all blurry if I tried.

    • Aren’t they fun?! And yeah, I do wish there were better resolution. You can order larger prints with decent res, though. Just not poster size.

  • Almost all of the art in my house is photography. I decided long ago I wanted to celebrate the beauty in nature. It becomes difficult to find variety in presentation though. This is a great idea and I’m pretty prolific on Instagram so I’m sure I have enough shots to make this work. Great feature!

    • Thanks! I love photography, too, so it is fun to be able to install it in a different way.

  • That looks neat! Which filter do you use?

    • I use X-Pro II. I tried several in the beginning, but I like it the best.

  • heidenkind

    It’s an instagram of your instagrams!

  • Ooooh, I like!

  • That wall looks fantastic. I love the washi tape idea to stick all your photos. I like the idea about using a single filter for all your photos too. Unfortunately, my photos are so pedestrian that I end up using all kinds of filters to make them look ok.

    • Thanks! Washi tape is just so fun.