7 Ways to Turn Pictures on Your Phone in to Real Objects


So you have an archive of 2,286 pictures on your smartphone? More like 4,722? Me too! Aside from making a new Facebook album every week or posting to Instagram on the hour every hour, it’s hard to know what exactly to do with all of these photos.  Turn photos you took from your phone in to awesome tangible things like coaster tiles, canvas prints, scarves, and tons more.  I’m especially thinking about those ones that are so vibrant, iconic, and memorable, that you want more than a digital file. Here are 7 handsome apps that will help you turn your archive of photos into books, bags, metal plates, and posters.

1. Mosaic: First up, we have Mosaic.


This minimalist app makes it easy to turn any collection of photos into a gorgeous coffee table book. Every book is 7 inches by 7 inches, contains 20 photos, costs $20, and lands at your doorstop 4 days after ordering.


Best of all, you can create your Mosaic directly from your phone. At just $20 a pop, I love the idea of creating these for both small and big occasions. Who says that impromptu barbecue isn’t worthy of its own book?


2. Hipstamatic Print Lab: Next up, a print project by the folks who brought you Hipstamatic.


This web app lets you create a whole plethora of unique pieces for your home and even to wear – all you need is a photo! You can print on canvasmetalwood  or even on a scroll.


As for wearables, I’m digging the Weekender Bag, Tote Bag, and iPad Sleeve. Such awesome things to customize and they somehow manage to not look too kitschy.

3. Mini prints from Printstagram.


Predictably powered by Instagram, these turns all those perfectly cropped and filtered square photos into gorgeous paper goods. The options here are so affordable, it’s hard not to buy everything!


The block calendar serves up a different photo for every day of the year and is just $40. You can also get mini prints, tinybooks, minibooks, stickers, and prints for under $15.

4. ImageSnap: Tile craze!


This app turns your photos into ceramic tiles, perfect as magnets, coasters, or wall art.


I’m partial to the teeny tiny tiles (just 2 inches squared!) and the slab (12 inches squared).

5. For less novelty and a bit more gloss, PostalPix is a great option.


You can order prints with a pro luster finish, as well as aluminum plates and iPhone cases.


iPhone cases are made by printing your photo directly onto premium polycarbonate, creating a stunning image that won’t crack or fade.

6. Fracture: Is your latest photograph so clear it almost looks like crystal?


Turn your picture into a gorgeous glass piece with help from Fracture. Choose between backed glass, transparent glass, and large or small options.


I cannot get over the colors in this transparent one!

7. Instacanvas: The name of this app is pretty self-explanatory with a twist.


You can easily turn any of your Instagram photos into canvas wall art. But here’s the kicker: You can include your photo art pieces in the Instacanvas shop and make money off of your original creations. Win!

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