Instagram Photo Frames

January 10, 2016Allison Murray
Giving a nod to social media's most popular way to share pics, these instagram photo frames are cheap, easy and perfect for tech savvy decor!

Giving a nod to social media's most popular way to share pics, these instagram photo frames are cheap, easy and perfect for tech savvy decor!

The very first picture I submitted to Instagram (and deleted a few months later) was a close up of the pillow that was in the seat of a wicker chair. Yes. My very first picture I posted to this amazing social media network where you can share photos of your cutest, best and most interesting things and events in life was an ass pillow. And not even a very pretty one at that.

To be honest I was a bit ticked off because I was told that before I could get any more sponsored work I needed to get on Instagram and build a following. But the problem was I had nothing interesting to take pictures of. Except my cats and so soon that was just about the only thing I ever snapped pics of :)

IG became my place to look at cute kitties and try to convince the people of the world that my kitties were just as cute, if not cuter. My pictures are a little more thematic without the incredibly oddball pics from my oddball everyday life :)

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There were totally accurate chalk outlines with Uncle Skunk. Turns out oddballs have big ones.

Pictures were often stupid fuzzy and I didn’t seem to care one freaking iota.

There was that time my sister and I started talking to a random stranger at a gas station when we thought is car was the freaking coolest.

#car #rims #fancy #custom #orange #ford #woman #trunk

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No, I have no idea what on earth the saying in his trunk means. And with as many times as I’ve gotten a rude awakening from urban dictionary I’ve just left it the heck alone.

These days my feed is a little cleaner, a little prettier and a whole lot more in focus. Wanna check me out –> Follow this business up in Instagram, then! But I still have the occasional fuzzy pic because, dang, those furry friends of mine are too cute not to share :)

At any rate, let’s make some Instagram logo inspired picture frames already, shall we?

  • For this project you will need:
  • Plaid square wooden picture frames $1 at Michael’s and Walmart <– score!
  • Acrylic paint in beige, brown, black, red, blue, yellow and green (or see the tutorial for an easier option)
  • Masking tape

Giving a nod to social media's most popular way to share pics, these instagram photo frames are cheap, easy and perfect for tech savvy decor!

These frames are awesome. They are cheap, normally costing a cool buck. Snap up a few or, heck, snap up a dozen. I’ve got even more awesome projects with these guys so get ready :)

First give your frames a solid coat of beige paint and allow to fully dry. The beige is not tehcnically necessary, especially if you have some super clean looking frames, but I preferred the solid look to seeing wood-grain in this particular project.

Giving a nod to social media's most popular way to share pics, these instagram photo frames are cheap, easy and perfect for tech savvy decor!

Tape off the top 1/3-ish portion of the frame and paint brown. You can Google Instagram logo and keep an eye on what you’re recreating or just take a peek at the icon on your phone every now and again.

Giving a nod to social media's most popular way to share pics, these instagram photo frames are cheap, easy and perfect for tech savvy decor!

Tape off a block on the left side of your frames to make the colorful stripes.

Giving a nod to social media's most popular way to share pics, these instagram photo frames are cheap, easy and perfect for tech savvy decor!

Paint 2 of the colors that aren’t side by side, using as many coats as necessary until completely opaque and you’re unable to see the brown beneath. Allow to fully dry.

Giving a nod to social media's most popular way to share pics, these instagram photo frames are cheap, easy and perfect for tech savvy decor!

Tape off strips on your dried colors to keep nice, straight lines and finish with your other 2 colors. Continue with additional coats as necessary to get an even, smooth color without seeing the brown behind. Allow to fully dry and remove your tape.

Giving a nod to social media's most popular way to share pics, these instagram photo frames are cheap, easy and perfect for tech savvy decor!

Using black paint outline the shape of the cut out for your photo with a border of black.

Giving a nod to social media's most popular way to share pics, these instagram photo frames are cheap, easy and perfect for tech savvy decor!

If you’re inserts from the frames are long gone and you don’t want to mess with cutting photos over and over until they fit, grab a normal pencil (or I used a pencil lead from a mechanical pencil just with very little pressure) and place a piece of scrap paper on the backside of the frame. Use the lead to trace the shape of the photo insert and cut bringing the cut in just a bit from the line your pencil lead created. Give it a test and if it fits and you don’t see gaps from the front, you have a new template for a photo that looks fab!

Giving a nod to social media's most popular way to share pics, these instagram photo frames are cheap, easy and perfect for tech savvy decor!

Cut your pics to fit and get those suckers in there.

Giving a nod to social media's most popular way to share pics, these instagram photo frames are cheap, easy and perfect for tech savvy decor!

Now that that’s all over with there is another way you can do this that is waaay easier. Meh. I didn’t think of this until I had already taped off my left spot and I was all “oh, heck, no. I didn’t waste Frog Tape for nothing. I’m still painting these things”. Grab some red, yellow, green and blue paper, cut strips and Mod Podge them on. Boom. So much easier and much straighter lines! Sometimes I am to dang stubborn for my own good. :)

Now the frame on the left I was all, “I can totally freehand a border around a square no problem-o” so I just went after it. Turns out, I totally couldn’t and wound up taping that sucker off and having a waaaaay bigger border than I wanted. What can I say, it wasn’t my best day as far as flexibility goes :) AAAND for whatever reason I mixed up the brown color instead of just buying a brown acrylic paint in the color I wanted and I could NOT mix it the same again and I refused to ask Rob to do it. Though he would have and it would have been perfect… dude has far more important reasons to be mixing up paint these days :)

No matter what, I love these frames. They aren’t perfect but if you want perfection you came to the wrong place to begin with :)

Be sure to share your Instagram handle in the comments and we can follow each other! I love seeing what y’all are up to!!!

Giving a nod to social media's most popular way to share pics, these instagram photo frames are cheap, easy and perfect for tech savvy decor!

Comments (1)

  • Mike

    January 10, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    This is really cool Allison! I love seeing pics of your cats and of Ollie (he’s looking super awesome in your picture frame!) Unfortunately, I don’t have an Instagram account (I have enough trouble with Facebook that I recently started signing back in to, heh) but if I had one, it would cool to link up! :)

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