DIY Instagram Polaroids : Print Instagram Photos at Home!

By Dana Fox

There are plenty of places online that allow you to print your Instagram photos, but what about doing it yourself? I wanted to print photos that had that authentic Polaroid feel, so I came up with a nice little template that you can use to create your own Instagram Polaroids easily… with no Photoshop skills required. These print out the same size as an actual Polaroid photo and have the texture of a vintage photo.

Since not everybody has Photoshop or a photo editing program to make these, I’m going to tell you how to do this using Pixlr, a free online photo editor.

First, you’ll need the Polaroid template. Click here to grab that and save it to your computer.

Head on over to now and follow these steps:

  • Choose Open Image from Computer and open the saved template
  • Go to (using your own username) to choose your photos
  • Right-click on the large photo you want to use, and click Copy Image URL/Location.
  • In Pixlr, under the top menu choose Layer > Open Image URL as Layer
  • Paste the image URL in the box (CTRL + V or right click, paste). Your image will be added as a new layer to the document.
  • In the Layers panel on the left hand side, grab the new layer and drag it below Layer 0 (your polaroid template). Position it in place.
  • Do this for all 4 images!

You can then go to File > Print or save the finished file to your computer for later. I recommend printing on a photo paper to get that authentic Polaroid feel!

Please do not share the full size downloadable images on your blog/website, use for profit in any way, or claim as your own. I offer these freebies to my readers as a small token of my appreciation so please play nice 😉 All artwork is © copyright wonder forest, 2014. If you’d like to share, please be sure to link back to this post so your visitors can grab them directly.

I hope you enjoyed this little DIY and create lots of awesome photos!

Need blog topic ideas? Check out 365 Blog Topic Ideas on Amazon!

Dana Fox
Dana Fox
About me

I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


DIY Natural Calming Face Mask
Calming & Clearing DIY Face Mask Recipe
October 19, 2015
DIY Strawberry Face Mask
October 12, 2015
7 Awesome Ideas for an Unused Fireplace
September 14, 2015
Best Of Summer DIYs
August 05, 2015
How To Make Your Instagram Photos Pop!
August 03, 2015
Paint With Me: Watercolour Lake Scene for Beginners
July 30, 2015
Tech Tuesday: iPhone Love by Corrie Wessman
July 14, 2015
3 Waves 3 Ways – Hairstyles For Summer
June 01, 2015
Photos on Friday
May 29, 2015
  • Marlee Jane

    this is great
    I also love the washi tape!

  • memory

    These are soo cute. I'm a sucker for Polaroids.

  • Veronica Franco Sierra

    Thank you so much Dana! I love how they look! 😀

    Veronica @

  • Cristi

    Oh wow! In just a few minutes, after reading the post, I did a few to decorate my room. Thanks for sharing! They look so cute and are fun to make. And the instructions were pretty easy to follow. x

  • Sarah S.

    this is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to print a few

  • Talisa Tossell
  • Jeanine H

    This is incredible thank you (& ps i actually have the same washi tape;)

  • Hanna Lei

    Very cool –Hanna Lei

  • Verna Koperu

    This was great thank you so much for sharing. Do you have any tips on how to add other images that aren't on Instagram?..The way you have explained it above the size is perfect for the polaroid sections but when I try to add images from my computer they are too big and I'm not sure how to shrink them?! Any advice would be great! Love this look and the use of washi tape to put them on the walls. Thanks Again!!

  • Maggie Zam

    This is sort of genius! Seriously, great idea!!!! Thanks for the freebie and inspiration!!!! <3

  • Gabija Sun

    Wow, thank you so much. It is very usefull ;>

  • Amy

    Such a good idea! I'll have to try them. :)

  • Biancarosa

    These look incredible! Definitely going to try this out!

    Biancarosa // xoxo

  • Carla Pagini

    This post is soo cool! I love it, I will definitely try this out

  • Phan Thao

    thank for sharing this tutorial video. Great blog :) You always have amazing ideas love x

  • radhika wednesday

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your gorgeous and inspiring tutorials…is the polaroid template still up? I can't get it to work :( xx

  • Liz Edwards

    Any way you could revise this to show me how to do it in lightroom 5?!! I just got it & am going crazy trying to figure out how to use it! HA!

    • Dana Fox

      i actually have no idea. lightroom is more for photos/photography not graphic design type editing.

      • Liz Edwards

        Yea…that’s what I’m noticing too. My work bought it for me thinking it would be a good transition for me to stop making my graphics in PowerPoint buttttt I might be the only person in the world who likes making them in pp! Lol thanks for the quick response though :) I’ll use pixlr!

        • Dana Fox

          I’d definitely get them to get you Photoshop instead for graphics. Lightroom isn’t for graphic design so it’s kind of useless unless you do a lot of post-processing/photography edits. Adobe has a paid subscription model now that is like $9.99 a month and you get Photoshop and Lightroom together!

  • Charissa

    Thanks for this – it’s great! Love me some polaroids!

  • Ammy

    I love this so much!!! Quick question, what size is are the polaroid frames (the pics I’m using are not from instagram so I have to resize them)? Thanks! :)

  • Brittany Barry

    love!! thanks sooo much, linked you back to my blog post here :)

  • Lindsay

    Am I missing something? I try to download the template and it’s just an image file. (.png)

    • Dana Fox

      Yep that’s all it is. Follow the instructions above :)

  • Travis Lalchan

    Hey, I tried uploading the image url from Collecto but it doesn’t fit the template fully (leftover border). Is there anything i can do to fix this? I also tried fooling around with the image size on pixlr but it didn’t help. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • bhavana

      I have the same problem :(

  • Lizzie

    Would the dimensions of this download be 8×11 or 8×10? My local Walgreens only offers the 8×10 prints as the largest size. What should I do? Thanks!

  • Tricia Tanhueco

    Bingo! An all-in-one post! I was just looking for polaroid templates and planned to look for DIY tips later… then I saw this! :) Thanks for the tips and the freebie!

  • Hayley

    this is absolutely amazing, thank you!

    Halestones // Starlight

  • Frankie

    Too bad the followgram site is down. I really want to try this!

  • imam fidyansyah is down. another site please ? ffs

  • Karen Thorburn

    I am very tired so this may end up being obvious, but I can’t seem to get that web app to let me resize my photo small enough to fit within the polaroid frame…am I missing something obvious???
    Tah :)