Five fun ways to use your Instagram photos
Don’t let your favorite Instagram shots go to waste; check out our list and put those pics to good use
Popular photo-sharing app Instagram has turned most of us smartphone users into picture-snapping junkies. We just can’t get enough. We’ve started viewing the world with a pair of 1970s goggles. Everything has a vintage hue and a perfect Polaroid crop. Trees. Lamps. Keyholes. Spatulas. You name it. But once all those random photos have had their five minutes of fame, they usually just sit around collecting cyber dust. Not anymore; here are five fun ways you can use your Instagram pics outside of social networking.
Printstagram: Printstagram is exactly what you might gather, given its obvious name; the site prints pics from the world’s favorite photo-sharing app. “We make your photos physical, with wonderful products that match the quality and magic of the app itself.” Physical. Just imagine that, folks. Real, tangible pictures you can actually touch and hold in your hands. It’s like taking a certifiable trip back in time when one-hour photo was all the rage. Prinstagram offers several printing options, including a memory box with mini-prints of all the photos you have ever taken on Instagram (this might be several boxes for you longtime users). The site also prints images on t-shirts using American Apparel threads. We think the poster is a pretty sweet option here (pictured above); it measures 20 by 40-inches and lets you choose from between 50 to 400 images.
Mantanks: Throw on one of these tanks and you’ll be “flirting with perfection,” the site claims. The guys in the ads do look unusually pleased. And these bros look like they’re just holding back buckets of excitement. The quirky site comes from three dudes in San Francisco and it lets you create a custom tank top in just a few clicks. And guys, you can even pick from a trio of neon hues including pink, green and yellow. I mean, I think I speak for all the ladies when I say nothing turns us on quite like a dude wearing a hot pink tank top. Just head over to the site, pick your color (pink, obviously), upload an image for the front, upload another for the back (this is optional and will cost you an extra $3, and then click your size (ranging from XS to XXL. Pricing ranges from $24 to $27 and shipping is free.
Café Press: Café Press has long been a go-to site for plastering your own art and photos on everything from tank tops and hoodies to bumper stickers and iPhone cases. You can even Instagram your baby with the site’s selection of itty-bitty rompers. The list of products really goes on. Just look for the menu bar near the top of the home page and click “Design your own.” You’ll then see a massive list of goods to choose from—pick your item, upload your Instagram pic, edit until your heart’s content and then choose your shipping method. Prices vary.
Instacanvas: Instacanvas allows you to turn your favorite Instagram photos into eye-catching wall art for your next dinner party (which you will obviously document via Instagram). The site highlights featured photos, artists and a “Discover Art” section for browsing, in case you’re not sure what you’re looking for. If you already have an idea of what you want, try the search box at the top of the home page. The term “shoes,” for example, pulls up a nearly never-ending grid of Instagram photos that have been tagged with this term. Of course, you can use your own Instagram photos by simply connecting your account with Instacanvas. Canvas prints start at $31.99 for a 12 by 12. Shipping will cost you an even $14.
Postagram: Tip your hat to all the family vacations of yore with this one; Postagram turns your Instagram photos into old-school postcards. You just pick an Instagram shot (something beachy and provocative, perhaps), add a little message (Wishing you were here!) and then put in the proper mailing address. The app will then send the postcard straight to your desired destination, via snail mail. The app is free for iPhone and Android; the actual postcards cost 99 cents a pop. You can also create the Postagrams directly from the company’s Web site at: ppostagrammapp.com/photos.
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