In a way, with our iPhones and Facebook accounts, we’ve lost some of this. The act of going to the drugstore to pick up photos and then running home to tack up the best ones is fading into obscurity, right along with printed books and CD players. I’m not usually one to get sentimental over obsolete technology, but there is something to be said about an image that isn’t on a screen — one that you can hold in your hands and look at to raise your spirits on a bad day. Today, the family refrigerator has been replaced by Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Still, that doesn’t mean that these images can’t be re-appropriated into the physical realm. To honor the lost art of the refrigerator photo, I 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. — Max
- Instagram account
- computer with Photoshop or a similar image-processing software installed (Gimp is a nice free alternative.)
- magnet tape
1. 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.
2. In Photoshop or a similar program, create a document that is 6 x 4 inches at 300 dpi.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Upload your file to an online printing service. We used Walgreens’ online one-hour photo service, which allows you to pick up your prints in-store on the same day. Many other pharmacies and stores like Target also offer services like these. Have your file(s) printed as 6 x 4 prints. For three prints (a total of 18 Instagram images), we paid only 69¢!
6. 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.
7. Attach two strips of magnetic tape (available at craft stores) to the back of your prints.
8. Attach to your refrigerator or any magnetic surface. BOOM! Done! Your retro-styled Instagram photos are even more retro!