Today's simple tutorial for turning your Instagram photos into decals comes to you by way of Spoonflower customer service team member EJ. These photo decals are perfect for getting your favorite shots off your phone and into your space. Use them as wall art or to personalize your notebooks or notecards– there are so many possibilities!
EJ: Sharing photos via Instagram is one of my favorite ways to share experiences artistically and intimately with my friends. In this tutorial I'll show you how easy and fun it is to make removable decals out of awesome Instagram memories like Fido’s first bath, the amazing nachos you made last night for dinner, or a favorite portrait of you and a special someone.
You can export your photos from Instagram in one of three ways. Visit Instaport and choose to download all (or hand pick selected photos) from your Instagram feed. This is a pretty simple and straightforward site, and you only need to sync the site with your Instagram feed.
If you have your Instagram photos set to post to your Facebook, just go to your Facebook profile page, then click on the “Photos” link in the lower left (underneath your “About” section), then click on the “Albums” tab, then click on the “Instagram” folder containing all those photo gems that you want to share with the world via some adorable decals!
One more option to snag your Instagram photos is to take a screen capture of your photos by visiting your Instagram feed in your browser. Then just save those photos to your computer desktop, 4 – 9 – 16 – or 25 depending upon how many you decide to use with the Picmonkey collage template. More on that next.
Make your way on over to PicMonkey.com, choose the collage feature, and upload the photos you want to make into decals and away we go!
The first step when you arrive on the collage page is that you’ll need to choose the layout for your decals. The layouts button will be to the middle left of the page, just left of where all your photos uploaded to the PicMonkey site will be. The icon looks like a stack of boxes and reads “Layouts” if you mouse over it with your cursor, and is underneath the “mountains” icon which denotes where your images are.
Choose the third choice down, the “Square Deal,” and choose the layout that best corresponds with the amount of Instagram images you saved to your desktop.
Then under the actual layout on the page (stacked white boxes), there is an area which should read “2000 x 2000”. Change this number depending upon the size of decal you are interested in ordering. A 5×5 inch decal would be 750 x 750 DPI, and a 15×15 inch decal would be 2250 x 2250 DPI.
Please note: Spoonflower also carries a 30×30 decal which works out to be 4500 x 4500 DPI, but since the largest PicMonkey.com collage layout is 3400 x 3400 DPI this size decal is not possible to create via PicMonkey. You can use another design program instead, or choose to repeat your collage over the large decal size. You can do this on the Spoonflower site by choosing a basic repeat style.
Once you have your desired layout, then just drag and drop your images into the layout framework. You can edit your images via PicMonkey as you go. Once your images fill the layout framework, then choose to Save your image using the “Save” link above the layout.
When saving remember to keep the image below 40 MB in size, and save as a JPG, PNG, GIF, or TIF for ease of Spoonflower uploading. None of the decal sheets I have created have gone over the 40 MB size so this shouldn’t be something that you have to worry about. I’d also suggest saving the image to your desktop, so that it doesn’t disappear into the depths of your computer.
Then all that’s left to do is hop on over to the Spoonflower website, log into your account, click on the “Create” tab in the upper part of the main page, and then choose the “Custom Decals” choice. From there you would click the “Browse” button to choose the file from your computer, then click the “Upload File” button to upload your file to the site.
Then once your image is uploaded, make sure you chose the “Center” repeat choice (in between “Half-Brick” and “Mirror”), and that you choose the correct size decal to which you sized your decal layout in the first place. If you forgot, the website should tell you the size of the image and that will give you an idea of whether it is 5×5 or 15×15 in size.
Then all that’s left to do is add the decal to your cart via the yellow “Add to Cart” button.
Pro Tip: An important thing to note is that our preview is an accurate preview, so if your decal design repeats or isn’t filling the entire size of the decal, either you didn’t resize the template while in PicMonkey to fit one of the decals -or- you didn’t choose the correct decal size while on the Spoonflower site. I suggest checking the both of those things and go from there!
About our guest author:
Not only is EJ a part of the Spoonflower team, he is also a wizard of recycled collage art and repurposing sad canvases found in the dark corners of thrift stores. When he’s not busy answering customer emails at Spoonflower and making collages, EJ enjoys biting his dogs ears, going on hikes in Eno River State Park, finding treasures at thrift stores and yard sales, cooking and eating food, and going to the gym.