12 "InstaCreate" Websites for Taking Your Instagrams from Digital to Physical
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Taking photos with a cell phone is both convenient and addictive. After switching to the iPhone several months ago, I've already racked up a solid 450 shots or so—a fair amount of which were taken with Instagram. Luckily, the wildly popular app has spurred endless sites and products servicing the pics people capture, so if you happen to have an amazing shot or two (or twenty or thirty), why not show off your best stuff?
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Without further adieu, 12 fun and interesting websites for showing your favorite Instagrams the light of day.
InstaTees has yet to launch, but the company promises an easy 3-step process for converting your favorite Instragram photos to custom tees. Visit the site to sign up for launch info.
For $14.99 (+ free worldwide shipping), StickyGram converts your Instagrams into a pack of 9 lovely magnets. The entire process is done online—go here to get started. Delivery generally takes between 5-12 days.
Teeny Tiles converts your Instragrams in to 2 x 2 inch ceramic tiles, priced at $3.99 a pop. Each tile comes with an optional adhesive magnet. Import photos directly from your computer, or connect via Instagram; start now.
Postagram is genius! Submit a photo from Facebook, Instragram, or your phone's Camera Roll; the company will then print and ship the result as a customized postcard. Your pal of choice will receive a 300-dpi glossy printed pop-out photo, along with a custom message. Compatible with both Android and iPhone.
Hatchcraft offers a framing solution specifically designed for iPhoneographers (or any camera phone for that matter)—BOO BOX is a simple and sustainable bamboo shadow box frame, sized specifically for 4" and 7" prints.
For easy Instagram ordering, Hatchcraft has provided a simple method for inputting your "Instagram share URL", which points to the photo so they can easily grab it for printing. When filling out the order form, simply check the circle next to "by entering 'Instagram share URL'".
Printstragram offers a whole slew of options for taking your Instragrams into the physical world.
- Poster ($25)
- Miniprints (48 for $12)
- Stickers (252 for $10)
- Minibook (2 books for $12)
- Tinybook (3 books for $10)
The best thing about printsgram? It's free (well, mostly). The site offers printable pdf templates to create posters, stickers and photo cubes of your Instagrams. Once you've designed your product, print it yourself on your home printer with the appropriate paper, or send it out to a local store.
Options include: A4 poster, A3 poster, big poster, photo cubes and stickers. Check out the examples below.
Art Flakes converts your Instagrams into 4x4 inch "ArtStickers"—high quality vinyl stickers that are fully removable. The site can pull the photos directly from Instragram; simply login here. Pricing: 10 stickers for ($20.86); 25 stickers for ($41.86); 50 stickers for ($62.86).
Keepsy allows users to create photo albums and slideshows for easy online viewing, with the added option for printing hardback books (starts at $29.95 for 30 pages). Check out the explanatory video below; click here to get started.
Based out of NYC, Instaprint provides a location-based iPhoneography-age take on the classic party rental photo booth. The company installs a small Instaprint box, set with its location and/or specified hashtag. Any Instagram then tagged with that location or hashtag is immediately printed from the physical box installed at the event.
Past clients have included SXSW, Yahoo, Foursquare, Tumblr and more. Browse the gallery below to view images of the device.
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