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Hey everyone! Ali here, from Gimme Some Oven, and today I’m stoked to finally (3 months late!) be sharing all about my new Instagram wall.
As some of you might know, I moved into a new loft in December and remodeled a new white kitchen, which I adore. But the entryway right next to the kitchen was a bit of an eyesore. You’ll have to check out the photos below to see, but basically, the guys before me who designed the loft thought it would be a great idea to make two gaps in the entryway wall (right as you walk in) so that you can see into the bedroom. So basically, there’s just a big panel of wall with two vertical gaps on each side. Awkward. But still, a decent space to display something.
I initially thought about just putting a big mirror there, but it seems like every entry way has a mirror. Then I thought about doing a random art wall, but I wanted to do that in my living room. Then the idea came to me — an Instagram wall!
Ever since I began snapping all of those square photos, I have wanted to have a place to display them. (And a reason to make myself actually print them!) So I started searching online to see if I could find some simple white square frames, which proved to be harder than I thought. Finally I stumbled across a site called Tiny Might Frames, which had the exact frames I was picturing in my mind. So I ordered a bunch and set to work. Here’s the story and how-to!
Step 1: Ordering The Frames
I have to admit I was a little shocked that tons of websites weren’t capitalizing on Instagram and making cute square frames. I expected there to be tons of them on the market! But thankfully Tiny Might Frames is on it. Their website has all sorts of different options for buying Instagram-sized square frames. They come in black or white, matted or non-matted, 4×4 or 6×6, singles, 3-packs, 9-packs, 16-packs or 20-packs. So many options to create your custom Instagram wall!
I ended up ordering three of the 20-pack white 4×4 frames, although I ended up just using 48 of them on the Instagram wall and spread out the others in different parts of my loft.
Step 2: Ordering The Photos
You can order Instagram photos all sorts of places nowadays. But my favorite place to print them (quickly) is at Walgreens. I like the quality of their prints. Plus they have an app I’ve used for years that helps you print photos from your phone. There’s even an option now to print directly from your Instagram feed — brilliant!
If you end up printing from Walgreens, be sure to also check their website beforehand for coupon codes. There’s almost always some sort of discount you can get with photos.
Step 3: Assembling The Photo Frames
I had to admit I was downright giddy when the boxes arrived in the mail from Tiny Mighty Frames. I couldn’t wait to get started!
Thankfully I ended up having a bit of help on the project. My parents drove into town after I moved for a day to help with house projects (best Christmas gift ever!), and the Instagram wall was at the top of my list. So my mom and I got to work popping photos in frames, and my dad started measuring and making plans for how to hang them.
As always with photos, there are so many fun memories that go along with them. So I highly recommend grabbing a friend or family member to help you assemble. It’s all the more fun!
*Also, for those using Tiny Might Frames, be sure to check out their FAQ page for quick tips on getting the glass out of the frame. A few of them were a little tight, so the trick is to push the glass very carefully from the front of the frame to loosen it.
Step 4: Making A Plan To Hang The Frames
Note that I didn’t skip right to hanging the frames. You absolutely must take the time to plan and measure how you’re going to hang them beforehand. As you can see by our notes above, this process included quite a bit of trial and error and indecisiveness (on my part). But the process that worked for us in the end was to:
1) Measure the your overall wall space
2) Decide how many frames you want to use, and how you want to arrange them
3) Decide exactly how much space you want between frames (both vertically and horizontally)
4) Decide how much or a border you want to have on the wall around the frames
5) Work backwards measuring from there
6) Make pencil marks on the wall for where your nails should go, using a level to double-check that they are level
This step definitely takes the longest out of all of them, but good ol’ prior planning will prevent poor (uneven frame) performance. ;)
Step 5: Hanging The Frames
Once you’ve made your marks for the nails, this part is easy! Hammer a small nail into each pencil mark you’ve made for the hole, and hang your frames so that they are flush against the wall.
Step 6: Stabilizing The Frames (Optional)
Your frames may hang perfectly straight. But if they don’t, or if yours (like mine) are near a door that could slam and shake them up, I highly recommend stabilizing them.
You can use just about any tacky solution that won’t rip off the paint. I ended up liking these Command strips, which I hid behind the frames. But go with whatever works for you.
Step 7: Enjoy It!!!
I won’t lie — this project takes a chunk of time and work, especially to be sure that the frames are evenly spaced and level. But I thought it was totally worth it. I love-love-love having a place to display so many photos, I love the clean modern look of the frames, and I love the conversations that the wall inevitably inspires when people walk in the door.
The other fun thing is that you can totally swap out photos once your Instagram wall is hung. You can add new photos, you can pop in cute quotes, or you can even sub in seasonal decor for different times of the year. Whatever floats your boat.
Huge thanks to my parents for helping me assemble my wall, and to Tiny Mighty Frames for helping sponsor the project. If you want to make one of your own, be sure to check out their website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and (of course!) Instagram for more details.
And you have to promise me that if you make one of your own, you’ll send me a photo! I want to see!!! :D
Disclaimer: Big thanks to Tiny Mighty Frames for sponsoring the cost of the frames for me to experiment with this project. They did not compensate me for this review and all opinions are 100% my own as always. But I totally recommend them and am thrilled that the frames worked out so well!
I love that your parents helped you with this! Looks great. Hoping to see it all in person soon. :)
This is totally adorable. I’ve been planning something similar in my mind ever since my son was born and I became an Insta-ho in taking pictures of him. I want to do a wall like this in his nursery/bedroom as he gets older, starting with the pics from when he was really little. Thanks for the tutorial, I’ve bookmarked and pinned it!
OMG! I am TOTALLY doing this! I only take pics with my Instagram and there are so many I want to show off. I love this Ali!!!
LOVE this idea! I need to do this in my office.
Ali! This is such a cute idea! It looks so good! One of these days I have got to do this :) Thanks for sharing!
It looks amazing!! We are in the midst of redoing our living room and I will totally keep this idea in mind for our photo wall. Thanks for sharing :)
looks awesome, where is your table from that is below all the pictures?
The table is from World Market. I love it! :)
How cool! Really can’t wait to tackle a project like this!
I just wish the frames weren’t so expensive…:/ I’d have to start small and build up from there. It’s so cute, though!
Love ghetto idea!
Helpful hint for hanging
Grid out on butcher paper…..tape to the wal level….. Nail on level lines, two nails per frame keep it from slanting
Gently rip off paper careful not to pull out nails
Hi! How far apart did you choose to space the pictures? I love the way it came out, and that’d definitely help me figure out how many frames to buy… Thanks!
I have several projects lined up for the home we are moving to in a few months. This is going to the front of the line! Thanks!
Their cute and all , but did you see the price for a 20 pack?
I was searching for a project for a giant empty orange wall in my living room and this is perfect! Thank you for sharing, what a great tutorial! I can’t wait to get started. Just ordered the frames and pics, and now I will start the measurements, can’t wait to see the results. Xoxo!
Btw, lovely blog! I’m already a fan :-)
What color paint is on that wall. I love it.
Oooh, I’m actually not sure. It was the color on the walls when I moved in. In person it’s a very light gray.
I love love love this idea and i have a perfect wall that i had no idea what to do, but i have one questions where did you get those frames??
Jessica, did you bother reading the post at ALL? The store name and a link to the frames is basically the point of the post. They sponsored the damn thing. Sheesh.
I LOVE this!!! I’m going to do this for myself, as well as a friend who photographs old buildings and posts them on Instagram. This is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Kelly, we’re glad you like it too! :)
This is a really cute DIY for people who want to decorate an empty wall in their house.
I really really love this tutorial but what I loved even more is that woodsy looking entry table!!! WOW! Where on this beautiful earth did you acquire that piece?
Hi Lindsey! Ali got that entry table from World Market once upon a time, but we think is now discontinued — https://www.worldmarket.com/product/mobile/branch+foyer+table.do?sortby=ourPicks&page=2&mobile=true.
What a fun way to display pictures. I am sharing this on Pinterest.
Thanks Roberta, we’re glad you enjoyed this post!
I love this project so much it inspired one of my own! I’d love to link your website to mine via my next post! Let me know what you think.
Thanks Korin — we’re glad you enjoyed this! :)
Very Nicely done, loved this idea. one quick question, what wall color you have?
Ijust wanted to say thank you for sharing your Instagram Wall project. You gave me such a great inspiration.
I don’t live in the US, but in UK, so I unfortunately can’t use your websites advise for the frames, but I found a great substitute! I’m know collecting my best London memories (9 years of living here!) for my mini frames wall.
Thanks to your idea I’m re discovering so many great moments hidden in my phone from so many years!
I’ll share my wall once completed!
Thanks again for the inspiration!
Thanks for your sweet words Cristiana — we’re happy you found this inspiring! Also, how wonderful to get to live in London for nine years — that’s amazing! :)
This is so much fun! I was thinking about a similar DIY project to surprise my best friend with for our 10 year school anniversary. Will definitely try it, thanks!
Thanks Olivia — we hope you have fun with this, and that your friend loves it! :D
AMAZING IDEA! My husband and I are doing it for our condo! :D <3
LOVE this idea. It looks awesome! Any idea where I can get such frames in the UK? Tiny Mighty Frames don’t ship internationally. :-(
Thanks Yemi! Hmmm, unfortunately we’re not sure where you could find these types of frames in the UK. We would just recommend googling “4×4 frames” and see what comes up in your area, or things that will ship to the UK. We hope this helps!
I love this . Thank you.
I live in the UK and was looking for somewhere to buy frames and think here is the best!:
Very good idea. Thanks for sharing. Im thinking to do the same. I’ve lots of pictures…a lots of stories.
Awesome, we hope you have fun with this! :)
Love love love it! How did you get them to pay for the frames?
Where did you get the wall stand i want it so bad!!! Please let me know
The little table? I purchased it at World Market a few years ago. :)
Looks amazing! Your so lucky to have your Dad there to help you out. :)
thanks for sharing a beautiful and good design.