10 Ways to Turn Your Instagram Photos Into Actual, Tangible Things
Back in the olden days, people took pictures with cameras. And not only that, but they had the intention of eventually getting them developed.
Nowadays, nobody does that. We take snapshots of cats or kale salads with our phones. Then, we run them through faux photo filters and upload them to our Instagram accounts, where they'll promptly be buried under dozens of our friends' pictures of cuter cats and tastier kale salads.
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Every once in a while, though, we capture something that deserves to be saved. When that happens, we should really spend the extra effort and cash to turn our favorite Instagram photos into:
Download the Postalpix app and they'll send you prints of your favorite photos by mail. They offer a variety of sizes too, including three square prints specifically for Instagram photos. Depending on the size, prices range from 21 cents to $3.49 per photo.
For $25 plus shipping, Coastermatic will digitally print four of your favorite Instagram photos into a set of round stone coasters.
Enjoy your top 12 Instagrams all year long with a calendar from Calendargram. A wall calendar costs $24.99 plus shipping, but a desk calendar is only $14.99 plus shipping.
Cell Phone Cases
If you own an iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus or Blackberry Z10, you can craft yourself a custom case decorated with your best Instagram pic (or a mosaic of several) at Casetagram. Prices rage from $34.99 to $54.99.
You can have the coolest refrigerator on the block — you just have to decorate it with personalized magnets from Stickygram. A sheet of nine costs $14.99, but shipping is free.
A Poster Mosaic
From far away, this "Postrgram" looks like a normal poster, but up close, it's actually a breathtaking mosaic of your Instagram photos. Prices range between $39.95 and $89.95 (plus shipping) depending on size.
An Instaprint kit is somewhat of a new-age photobooth that works with the internet to spit out Instagram photos (complete with comments) whenever it identifies a pre-programmed hashtag or location, such as #EvanMelissaWedding2013. It's great for big events or weddings, but be warned — something this cool comes with a hefty pricetag. A half-day's rental is $5,000, and a full day of Instaprinting costs $7,500.
A Canvas Wall Hanging
Walls looking a bit bare? Head over to Instacanvas and make yourself a museum-quality canvas, stretched over a frame and ready to hang. A smaller Instacanvas costs $31.99, and bigger Instacanvases cost up to $63.99. (Instacanvas also prints your photos on phone cases and greeting cards.)
You know what your backsplash needs? More pictures from your Instagram feed. ImageSnap prints in a range of sizes, from teeny 2"×2" tiles ($4, plus shipping) to huge 12"×12" slabs ($35, plus shipping).
And not just pillows, but plenty of other fabric-based goods. At Stitchtagram, Instagram photos can be turned into tote bags, coin purses and wristlets, too. Prices range from $24 to $82, plus shipping.