6 Ways to Glam Up Your Instagram and Make Everyone Jealous

It's time to ignite your inner creativity, and you don't need an expensive camera to do it.

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Fellow Instagrammers, let’s admit it — we’ve all creeped on those accounts with creative and eye-catching feeds and wondered how we could jazz up our own. Well, you don’t have to be a professional photographer with an expensive camera and an art degree to master an attractive 'Gram feed.

I've stalked (#sorrynotsorry) some of my favorite Instagrammers and put together six tips you can try that will add some energy to your Instagram.

Work That Angle

The first part in vamping up your Insta is the actual picture-taking part. Step out of your comfort zone and get creative. Take photos of things you love and things you find interesting. While pics of you and your S.O. are great, consider adding some variety. Make a great dinner? 'Gram it. Ocean view? 'Gram that too. The opportunities are endless, so go crazy.

For some inspiration, check out Love It or List It, Too star Jillian Harris’ Instagram. She’s great at capturing exciting moments.

Photo by: @jillian.harris

@jillian.harris

Liven It Up

I’m going to state the obvious: Perfect lighting is not a 24/7 deal. There are plenty of great apps (Afterlight and VSCO, for example) that let you brighten up your photos, alter the contrast, boost color and more. For a cohesive feed, edit your photos with the same techniques.

Check out how the Travel Channel uses their Instagram to post photos of amazing places with lots of bright color.

Photo by: @travelchannel

@travelchannel

Plan Ahead

Okay, so while this may take a little extra time and brain power, it’s definitely worth it. Download a picture collage app (I like Diptic), and select the 3x3 layout (nine photos). This should look fairly similar to an Instagram feed and will allow you to rearrange photos so you can get a sense of what your photos will look like next to each other before posting.

A helpful guideline for this is alternating between close-up detail shots, pictures of people and landscape photos. Tennessee-based photographer @savannahlephoto does a great job at incorporating an assortment of shots.

Photo by: @savannahlephoto

@savannahlephoto

Ditch the Borders

Before Instagram allowed full-size portrait and landscape photos, I was all about fitting my pictures with a border to preserve the entire photo. Landscape or portrait, I was slapping a border on it.

Now, you’re able to post the original photo while your feed displays the traditional, square-cropped version. This adds an overall cohesiveness to your feed and doesn’t look messy with a variety of bordered photos.

Photo by: @travelchannel

@travelchannel

Cut Down Pic Collages

I'm a fan of picture collages because you're able to include a few photos in one post. However, too many can look busy. Try to use them sparingly, and select photos that have similar lighting and content. More than three photos in one collage can be a tad overwhelming, so focus it on a few of your favorite photos. Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines knows what I am talking about.

Photo by: @joannagaines

@joannagaines

Settle on a Theme

One of the key elements of a pretty Instagram is consistency, so think big and pick a theme that will give your feed cohesiveness. If you’re going for a clean, minimalistic look, you’ll want plenty of negative space (sky, walls, blank canvas) in your photos along with color continuity. Photos with lots of white make for clean photo feeds. Maybe you’re into bright and airy photos, in which case you'll want to boost up the exposure. Whatever look you’re going for, try to keep it uniform for at least nine photos before switching things up.

Here's a great example of a desaturated photo style by @karrigan.w.

Photo by: @karrigan.w

@karrigan.w

Fun Ways to Decorate With Instagram Photos

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Tape Them Up

A bit of washi tape and an empty, glassless picture frame come together to make a cool, unexpected Instagram collage.

Tape Them Up

Washi tape leaves no residue on the wall and is easily repositionable, so it's a snap to add new photo prints to your collection.

Clip Them On

Tie a length of baker’s twine between two tacks on the wall. Use mini clothespin clips to attach your favorite photos!

Clip Them On

For a glam touch, try spray painting the clothespins gold before clipping up your photos.

Make a Grid

These hidden Instagrams will brighten your day every time you open a cabinet!

Make a Grid

Just print out a grid of all of your favorite images and affix it inside your cabinets, behind the shelving.  

Photo By: Chelsea Foy

Celebrate With Bunting

Print your favorite Instagrams onto cardstock and cut them into bunting flags perfect for a birthday celebration.

Celebrate With Bunting

Attach twine to the back with tape, then hang them up to decorate for a party. Send the guest of honor home with a banner full of fun memories.

Go Modern With a Wall Hanging

A brass rod and some twine are all you need to make a modern display for a few of your prized Instagram images.

Go Modern With a Wall Hanging

Hang the photos at different lengths from the rod, and use twine to create a simple hanger for the top.  

Photo By: Chelsea Foy

Make a Flipbook

Punch holes in a stack of Instagrams and connect them with binder rings to create a flipbook. This is a great addition to your coffee table, or a perfect gift for your favorite travel companion.

Make a Flipbook

To embellish the flipbook, stamp a message on the front.

Map Them Out

Affix a map of your city or a favorite travel destination to a corkboard. Then, print out mini Instagram photos from your favorite destinations.

Map Them Out

Affix the photos to the map as a visual reminder of favorite adventures.

Transfer to Planters

This fun packing tape image transfer method is perfect for adding your Instagram photos to little flower pots!

Transfer to Planters

Take a laser-printed Instagram photo and firmly cover it with packing tape, leaving a tape border around the edges of the image. Submerge the tape in water for a few minutes. 

Photo By: Chelsea Foy

Transfer to Planters

Using your fingertips, gently roll the wet paper away from the back of the tape until it feels smooth. The ink will remain on the tape, and the paper will wash away. Let dry completely. When the tape becomes sticky again, just stick your image to the front of your succulent pots! 

Photo By: Chelsea Foy

Make a Calendar

Personalize a calendar by taping photos on birthdays and holidays. Or, fill every day with one of your favorite pictures.

Make a Calendar

Download our free calendar template to get started.

Mesmerize With a Mobile

Don’t leave little ones out of the fun! Instagram photos make a sweet and simple mobile for a nursery.

Photo By: Chelsea Foy

Mesmerize With a Mobile

Use a flat wreath form and spray paint it for a pop of color. Hang your photos using twine, and suspend the mobile from the ceiling! 

Photo By: Chelsea Foy

Spell It Out

Create a giant letter or symbol on the wall with lots of tiny memories.

Spell It Out

Attach a small bit of wall putty to each Instagram and watch as your letter takes shape. This one is perfect for decorating on a small budget!

Make a Faux Polaroid Magnet

If you find yourself longing for the good old days of Polaroid film, whip up a few simple clay magnets.

Make a Faux Polaroid Magnet

Trade your Instagram photos in and out of the faux Polaroid frames and put your favorite snaps on display. Get the how-to instructions here.

Round 'em Up

Take all of your favorite Instagram photos and feature them in one place with a modern wreath.

Photo By: Chelsea Foy

Round 'em Up

Just layer, glue together and hang on a wall or door to enjoy your favorite memories. 

Photo By: Chelsea Foy

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