Make Faux Photostrips Using Instagram Photos

What's hipper than Instagram right now? I think you could make an argument that photostrips are about as cool as they have ever been. This DIY combines the filtered goodness of instagram with the quirkiness of photostrips, courtesy of The College Prepster and Boothgram.

For starters, if you don't know how to find your Instagram photos on the web, here are some sites to check out:

  • Webstagram: allows you to search by username or tag.
  • Statigram: also allows you to search by username or tag, but also offers statistics on how many people viewed your photo.
  • Instagrid: allows you to create a feed based on your username with the super simple URL: instagrid.me/username.
  • Gramfeed: search by any term you can imagine, including places.
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Whichever site you use to view your photos, you'll need to download at least 4 pictures for this DIY.

Here's College Prepster's process:

1. In Photoshop or another photo editing software, create a template for the photostrip. College Prepster's file was 1.5 inches by 6 inches. She also made skinny strips of white in between each photo so that the edges would be uniform, since not all the instagram photos have the same borders, depending on which filter you use.

2. Now, place four pictures onto the file. Be sure that the white borders are sitting "above" the photos. Rearrange until you like the order.

Here's a cheat step: Boothgram will create a photostrip for you from your own photos or from photos you liked on instagram. The order from top to bottom is determined by the order in which you selected the photos. It then generates the strip and you just have to save and print. As an example, I created the sweet treats photostrip at left with Boothgram from my personal instagram pics.

3. Once you've created a couple of strips, place them onto one 8 x 10 inch canvas so you can print them on photo paper.

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4. College Prepster took her file to Kinko's and printed it on glossy photo paper, but you could also print it at home if your printer is equipped for it.

5. Cut your strips out with a paper cutter and put them on the fridge, use them as bookmarks, or give them to friends.

(Images: College Prepster and Elizabeth Giorgi via Boothgram)

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.

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