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Friday, August 30, 2013

Hanging Instagram Wall Display

So Instagram. Huge Fan. Probably one of my favorite social media networks these days. Well, ok - it IS my favorite. Taking photos is definitely my thing. So when Instagram became available for Android users a couple of years ago, I was all over it. I had been super jealous of all those iPhone users with Instagram.

But after a while I realized I had a problem - so many photos, and no where to display them!  What to do?

Ta-da! Fun solution, inspired by Pinterest pins. And a great way to fill empty wall space. Plus it's cheap and easy! What more could you ask for?

Here's how I did it:

- Instagram photos (as many as you want - I used 27 4x4 photos)
- twine
- 3/8" binder clips
- 6 flat-head nails (not pictured)
- hammer (not pictured)
- ruler or tape measure (not pictured)
- hot glue gun & glue sticks (not pictured)
- leveler (optional)

Start by nailing 3 nails 7 inches apart in a vertical line. (I recommend using a leveler to make sure the nails are in a straight line.)

Next, measure 63 inches across from the top nail of your vertical nail line and hammer an additional nail. Now, add two more nails below, 7 inches apart to complete a second vertical line of nails.

Starting at the top left nail, tie a square knot around the nail with the twine. Stretch the twine across to the opposite end, loop twine completely around the nail in one circle. Pull twine down and loop around the nail directly below. Be sure to keep twine tight as you wrap around each nail.

Stretch twine across to nail on the opposite end, and loop around again. Pull tight, pull twine down, and loop around nail below.

Pull twine tight and stretch it across to the nail on the opposite side. Tie a square knot around nail and trim excess twine.

Now hang up those awesome Instagram photos you've acquired with the binder clips!

A couple of tips:
 - Keep the twine tight as you loop it around each nail. It's best if you re-tighten after each loop. This project is doable by yourself, but it's easier if you have someone else to help you so they can hold the twine tight as you loop and tie knots.
- A leveler is not necessary, but very helpful to assure that everything ends up straight.
- I used the Walgreens app to print out my photos. The frames around some of the photos were not evenly trimmed. I think next time I get photos printed, I'll order them in 4x6's instead and trim them myself. Or use another printing company. Any suggestions? 
- I found it hard to make the knots tight in the place I wanted with the twine, so I ended up using a dab of hot glue behind the knots to secure them to the wall to make sure they stayed put.

I ended up printing 87 photos. Yes, I really did. So I have a couple more Instagram projects up my sleeve. I'll share them soon...once I finish them.

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Unknown said...

Found you via Craftberry Bush. I LOVE this!! I am OBSESSED with Instagram and I love how simple and cool this is!

Kelley @ said...

Super cute! I love the twine! I should do this with my instagram photos.. but most of mine are food. ha!

I would love for you to share this post (and any others!) at my Life of the Party link up. It just opened! Im going to poke around your site a little more.

Kayla @ Home Coming said...

Great idea! Don't forget to link up to The DIY'ers!

Unknown said...

I love this idea. I have a lot of wall space and constantly changing photos of our family! its much easier to change out these photos than framed ones....thanks!

Marianne said...

Thanks for a great idea!