DIY Instagram Wall Collage with 12×12 Photographic Prints

rukristin-diy-wall-collage-Hi Everyone! Kristin here today to show off my newest home decor project. After seeing the amazing instax wall by Elsie of A Beautiful Mess, I knew I wanted to try something similar on a blank wall in my bedroom.

I measured my spaced and decided on a 4 foot by 4 foot collage made with instagram photos. Because I went with such a large collage, I also decided that it was okay for my photos to repeat a few times to make creating the collage a lot easier.

I’m giving step-by-step instructions on how to complete the wall collage that I created. At the bottom off the post, I offer some helpful tips to help you alter the wall collage instructions to fit your own needs.

rukristin diy wall collage (3 of 3)Getting Started:

  1. Pick out 64 instagram/square shaped photographs. Separate those photos into 4 sets of 16 photos each. I created a new folder on my computer for each set of photos, just to keep organized while I was working on this project. Try to divide your photos evenly among the sets (don’t put all your black and white pictures in one set, or all your travel pictures in another set), the idea is to make this look as random as possible.  
  2. Open Photoshop (or any drag and drop photo editing program)  and create a 12×12 canvas with a resolution of 300 DPI. [.psd template provided below]
  3. Open the first set of 16 photos and arrange them in a 4×4 grid. Each photo should be 3″ by 3″. Flatten & save this file as a high resolution .jpg.
  4. Repeat the previous step for sets 2, 3, and 4. When you are finished you should have 4 high resolution 12×12 .jpg files. Each of those files should be an image of 16 different photos.
  5. Upload those 4 .jpg files (make sure to upload at full size) to Persnickety Prints and order 4 copies of EACH PRINT as a 12×12 photographic print (I chose glossy paper this time, but next time I would go with matte because of the bright sunlight in my bedroom). You’ll be ordering 16 prints in all. $1.99 each.
  6. When you get the prints, lay them out on a flat surface in the order that you want them to appear on the wall (I used my bed). I’m including a sketch to show you the order I put my prints in on the wall. Following the sketch made this project much easier.
  7. Adhere the photographic prints to the wall with heavy duty double-sided tape or poster tape. Line each of the prints up with each other, making sure the photographs all line up in a grid.
  8. Stand back and admire!
  9. Total project cost $31.84 plus $5 shipping.

rukristin diy wall collage (1 of 1)

rukristin diy wall collage (2 of 3)Tips for making this project fit your space:

  • Measure your space ahead of time. Make sure you know the exact dimensions of where you’ll be placing the wall collage.
  • Choose matte photo paper for rooms with a lot of direct sunlight.
  • To make a collage with smaller prints, print on 8×8 or 6×6 photographic paper.
  • If you have tons of photos for your collage, make more sets and print less copies of each set.
  • There’s no reason the collage needs to be square; try making a rectangular collage if it better fits your space.

Thanks so much for stopping by! stop by my blog during the week, or follow me on twitter, instagram, and facebook for lots more inspiration!

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Download this Free 12×12 .psd template and get started!

May 26, 2013
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