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From Pinterest to Real Life: November Edition {How to Make an Instagram Photo Board}

It”s that time again… the last Friday of the month means our fun linky where you can showcase some of the fun things that you”ve taken from your pinboards to reality!

There”s just something about Instagram photos that I love… they are like the modern, digital version of a Polaroid, plus the fun edition of editing options. I love the little snapshots of daily life that they give my photostream.

For a few months now, I”ve been planning on taking my Instagram photos and turning them into a photo display for my living room. I finally got my act together this month and I am thrilled with how it turned out!

My project was inspired by two pins:

Source: via Nicole on Pinterest


I loved this idea but I wanted something a little more casual. The following inspiration provided just the idea I needed for my background.

Source: via Nicole on Pinterest


The Project

What you need:

  • plywood cut into 2″ x 2″ squares
  • 50 4″ photo prints (for 2 boards)
  • picture-hanging hardware
  • spray paint
  • thumbtacks

The basic directions:

  1. Cut wood (sand edges, too).
  2. Install hardware on back of boards.
  3. Spray paint using can”s directions.
  4. Pin photos to board using diagram below.
  5. Hang and enjoy!

How we made it (more details):

My husband, David, recently fixed his table saw, so after a couple of rainy weekends and a wisdom teeth extraction (poor guy!) I finally got him to bring it out and cut up some plywood that he salvaged from a dumpster next to his office (score!).

He cut me two pieces into two-foot by two-foot squares. Next David installed some basic claw-tooth picture hanging hardware on the back.

After that it was out to the front lawn with an old sheet and a can of spray paint. This is definitely not the greenest option, but it was the speedy-est. In a perfect world, I would have gone for some no-VOC paint, but for under four dollars and about twenty minutes of painting, I was able to get basically the right hue I wanted.

My first time spray painting!

We let the boards dry overnight in the garage and then the next day I had my engineer-husband measure out and mark where I would pin in the photos. Each board holds twenty-five four-inch prints.

David drew up this little diagram so you can see how he marked off the photos. He started in the center of the board and measured down one inch (there”s an inch of “border” going all the way around the photos).

Then down about another quarter inch and put a little x in where I would put the pins. There”s a half inch of space between each photo, so four and a half inches between pin markers.

Don”t mind the random crayon smudge on his diagram. 😉

I printed the  photos out through a great iPhone app called Postal Pix, that lets you print your Instagram photos (or others from your phone”s camera roll) directly from the phone. I simply pinned the photos into the board with silver thumbtacks. I plan to periodically change out some of the photos with newer ones.

The Finished Masterpiece

I”m so pleased! I have one hung up so far and just need to pin the photos to my other board.

My daughter loves looking at all the pictures (and she insisted on posing with it for the blog). This was definitely a collaborative project, so thanks to my awesome hubby for helping out.

I did make some new recipes this month (and repeated some others) from my pins but this big project was definitely the best example of making my pins into reality. I think my favorite post from last month“s linky was Andrea, the Greenbacks Gal”s foray into freezer organization. Talk about practical and beautiful! I can”t wait to see what you”ve all done this month!

Now it”s your turn! Blog about something you”ve made and link up with us. If you don”t have a blog feel free to leave a comment telling us what you”ve taken from Pinterest to real life. If you link up, please link back to this post in your blog post, and be sure to link to your post, not just your blog.

Happy Pinning and Creating!

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  1. Mel

    I love this. Instagram photos really are so great, this is the perfect way to showpiece them. You’ve inspired me!

  2. barcode labels

    This look so pretty, lovely. I will also try to make it.

  3. Heather :) :) :)

    I LOVe Instragram photos. In fact, because of that app alone, I’ve decided I want to buy an iPod Touch or an iPhone 🙂 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  4. Lisa

    Thanks for these ideas. After a very discouraging trip to the photographer’s yesterday you have given me ideas for doing for myself what they wanted to charge me a small fortune for.

  5. Amy

    This is cute! I recently repinned a link to, a website where you can turn your instagram photos in to refrigerator magnets. I don’t have an instagram account myself, but my sister does, and is always posting pictures of my boys. I’m hoping maybe I can get her help sometime to order some of their photos.

  6. Christopher Campbell

    That is totally awesome! I love your idea; it will make a good project for me and my kids. Thanks for the share!

  7. Andrea @ The Greenbacks Gal

    Thank you for linking to my freezer redo! I tend to repin quite a few organizational ideas… my definite weakness.

    Love the photo idea. I hadn’t seen that pin…yet. 🙂

  8. David Mark

    After a very discouraging trip to the photographer’s yesterday you have given me ideas for doing for myself what they wanted to charge me a small fortune for.

  9. se7en

    I love your photo project… it is such a great idea. I am hoping to link up later in the week… somehow the end of the month arrived a whole lot sooner than I anticipated!!!

  10. Nisha

    I love this photo display! Looks simple enough!

  11. JoAnna

    This turned out really nice! I too am an instagram lover!

  12. Emma

    Love the instagram wall, what a great idea!

    This month I have really tried to make a concerted effort to actually do more doing and not just pinning!

    I have made playdoh
    I made a stuffed toy pig
    I made owl bookends
    I printed some thanksgiving coloring pages for my daughter

    I still have more pins than time, but at least Christmas gives me some extra motivation to get some projects finished!

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