Everyone is obsessed with Instagram these days, but it can be fun to turn your digital images into something more tangible. This project will result in a fridge full of moments that can remind you of a special trip, time with family and friends, or your favorite pets.
Covered in magnets, report cards, and photographs ranging from the present day to our childhood, our refrigerator can be a veritable time capsule. Our refrigerator can function not just as a vessel to keep foods fresh but also as a memory keeper — something to look at while getting a glass of water and reminisce about life.
To honor the lost art of the refrigerator photo, We decided to craft some magnets from printed Instagram photos. The results are not only beautiful, but they’re also remarkably cheap and easy to achieve.
• Instagram account
• computer with Photoshop or similar image-processing software installed
• magnet tape
- Import the Instagram photos you want to use to your computer. You can do this by connecting your smartphone to your computer or simply e-mailing the photos to yourself.
- In Photoshop or a similar program, create a document that is 6 x 4 inches at 300 dpi.
- Open your Instagram photos in Photoshop one at a time and resize them so that they’re 2 x 2 inches at 300 dpi. In Photoshop, this can be done by selecting Image >> Image Size and adjusting the numbers within the “Document Size” dialogue box.
- Copy your Instagram photos and paste them into your 6 x 4 document so there are six images total — three across and two down. Save your document as a .jpg file.
- Upload your file to an online printing service. Have your file(s) printed as 6 x 4 prints. For three prints (a total of 18 Instagram images).
- Once your prints are picked up, simply cut out your Instagram images using a pair of scissors or an X-Acto knife. If you’d like, you can attach the images to squares of cardboard to make them sturdier.
- Attach two strips of magnetic tape (available at craft stores) to the back of your prints.
- Attach to your refrigerator or any magnetic surface. BOOM! Done! Your retro-styled Instagram photos are even more retro!
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