DIY Instagram Magnets - The Surznick Common Room

Sunday, June 15, 2014

DIY Instagram Magnets


Instagram is my favorite app. Not only do I love getting to see awesome photos from the people I follow, but I love getting to share a glimpse into my life with my followers too. My Instagram account is kind of like a little yearbook of all the fun, exciting things Nick and I get to do, as well as our everyday life mixed in. Since I love these photos so much, I've wanted to incorporate some into our home decor and I thought that refrigerator magnets would be a great way to share some of our favorite snaps!

There are plenty of companies out there that will turn your Instagram photos into magnets for you, but why buy when you can DIY?!


Here's what you need!
- 2x2" tiles (similar)
- Printed Instagram photos
- Scissors
- Mod Podge
- Paintbrush
- Super glue
- Round magnets
- Xacto Knife

Note: We bought a sheet of 36 2x2" tiles from Home Depot for about $2. They were attached with a small amount of glue and can easily be separated into single tiles. The only single 2x2" tiles we found came in packs of 4 for about the same price, so the sheet of 36 is the way to go!

Here's what you do!
- Compile the photos you want to use for your magnets (trust me, narrowing them down is the hardest part). You can view your Instagram account on your computer at Instagram.com/YourUsername. I took screenshots of mine from the website into our photo editing software and cropped/made other changes.
- Next, I copied all of the photos into a Word document and resized them to have 1.81" sides. This will give a very small border on the photos so that the paper isn't going to the very edge of the tile. I put 2 spaces in between each photo to make room for cutting. I was able to fit my 36 photos onto two sheets of paper.
- Print your photos. (We got ours printed at Staples for $1.25 - we were out of colored ink at home.) Cut out your photos.
- If necessary, separate and clean the glue off your tiles. Nick used an Xacto knife to cut them apart and scrape off any remaining glue.


- Apply a coat of Mod Podge and place your photo on the tile. Press down and smooth out the edges.
- Apply a coat of Mod Podge on top of the photo. After it dries, add a second coat.


- After your tiles are completely dried, flip them over and glue a magnet to the center of the back of the tile.
- After the glue is dry, your magnets are fridge-ready!


This project was super easy and inexpensive, which gets a double-tap from me! (How's my Instagram joke, guys?) These would make a great personal gift for friends or family. You could also get larger tiles to make your own Instagram coasters! (See our previous tile coaster tutorial here.)


If you make your own Instagram magnets, be sure to let us know in the comments!



Sarah & Nick
(By the way, you can find us on IG @sawissinger & @nmalburg)

21 comments:

  1. Those really turned out cute! I love decorating my home with our own pictures--but we don't have any picture magnets!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Quick question - what type of paper did you print the pictures on? Photo paper or just regular copy paper?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi there! We got our photos printed at Staples, and the paper they used was a higher-quality copy paper, I'd say. Definitely not glossy photo paper, but not quite regular copy paper either. It had a bit of a sheen to it. I hope this helps!

      Delete
  3. Do you think card stock paper would work?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think it would work, but you may need a little extra Mod Podge to secure them since the paper is thicker. Hope it goes well!

      Sarah

      Delete
    2. Just curious.. Going to do this tomorrow for a birthday present. How did the cardstock work? Did you need extra coats?

      Delete
  4. I'm doing this for Mother's Day! (I'm even doing a few for myself.) :) I was wondering where you got your magnets from. I haven't found very large packages of them, only six or so in a set. I'll be checking Hobby Lobby today, wish me luck!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Anne Marie! That's awesome! I'm sure your mother will love them :) I think I got our magnets from Walmart or JoAnn Fabric. I think they come about 50 to a pack. If your Walmart has a craft section, they will most likely have them there!

      Delete
  5. What type of mod podge did you use? I know they have different finishes..

    ReplyDelete
  6. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hello! This is such a cute idea and I'm hoping to recreate it with my own photos! But instead of making them into magnets, i was thinking of making it into a photo collage type of thing to hang on my wall.But i fear that all the tiles will be to heavy to hang on my wall. In your opinion, since you used the tiles, should i use the tiles or go for something lighter? Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Karolina, thank you! I would probably go with something lighter to hang on your wall. I'd be worried about the tiles falling off and breaking! I like to hang photos on my wall with washi tape - you could try something like that!

      Delete
    2. Thank you! And yes i went with a plain canvas instead. It turned out super cute! Thank you! :)

      Delete
  8. hey there, how did you import your pictures from the site into your editing software? Did you do it one by one or as a group? As of now I haven't been able to find a way to even save pictures off of the instagram website. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello! I usually transfer all photos from my phone into iPhoto, so most of the photos were already in my photo editing software! For the photos that I wanted to save from the Instagram website, I think I just took a screenshot. I hope this helps! I wish Instagram.com would figure out a way to let people save photos!

      Sarah

      Delete
  9. What photo editing software did you use?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello! I just use iPhoto on my Mac to crop/edit photos. Thanks for reading!

      Delete