Hi, guys! I'm LaTonya, and Elsie and Emma invited me here to share a quick and fun home DIY with you all! We're a family that loves to take photos. With my husband being a videographer, there are always plenty of cameras around, but with two kids, it's hard to carry it with us when we're out and about in New York City. Like many of you, I've turned to Instagram to catch those awesome family moments that I just don't want to forget. During my pregnancy with Oak, Instagram was the perfect way to document my pregnancy bump and all the milestones that came with carrying him. Having these photos just on Instagram wasn't enough, so I got most of them printed, and I displayed them in our home. This project is super easy and is perfect for the kids to take part in as well!
The very first thing you need to do is decide who you will print your Instagram photos through. I chose Printstagram, because their mini squares are the easiest to use when creating this. Also, their prints arrive super fast (four days!) and they are great quality.
-printed Instagram mini square pictures. (They come in groups of 48, and I always have some left over).
-Scotch removable mounting tape (I bought two packs of 64, because I like to use double on each picture. Since they are removable, I sometimes need extra when I add a new picture.)
Step One: Illustrate exactly what you will be creating. Whether it's words or a shape, like I did here, this step is important. Before taping your photos on your wall, you will want to know exactly how many you will need and how you will position them. This helps minimize error and ensures that your original vision comes to life!
Step Two: Out of the 48 photos, and using the amount of photos that your illustration allows you to use, choose your favorites. I had to choose 34 to create this heart.
Step Three: Using your measuring tape, measure the width of the wall you will use and mark the center of the wall with your pencil.
Step Four: Peel and stick your removable mounting tape on the back of your mini square prints. For better results, I suggest using two per picture.
Step Five: Place your favorite photo where you marked your pencil. Using your illustration as a guideline, start placing the photos on the wall.
Since the photos are small and the space you're using is big, you might need to step back a few times to make sure everything is going accordingly. If you need to move and replace some photos, that's easy with the mounting tape. It won't leave any marks on your paint, so do all the moving you need to!
Alternatively, you can use the prints to create a word or another shape. We previously had the word Eat over our dining room, and that was a big hit.
This DIY is the least expensive one we have in our home but is always so much fun and a topic of conversation when we have guests. As time goes on and we take more Instagram pictures, we will add to the heart. I keep thinking about how amazing it will be a year from now when we have this heart full of little squares that documented Oak's first year; it gets me so excited for what's to come! Thanks for having me! xo. –LaTonya
Credits // Author: LaTonya Staubs. Photography: Peter Staubs. Photos edited with Drew from the Fresh Collection.