How do people make those collages on their Instagram photos?

I’ve been eyeing up the adorable photo collages on my Instagram feed, wondering how my fellow iPhoneographers were making them. Well, it definitely can’t hurt to ask, because I got the scoop on the coolest collage app that’s super easy to use.

PicFrame offers you a ton of different photo collage options, allowing you to showcase more than one photo in a large square that’s perfect for Instagram.  I’ve made a bunch already, all of which just require you to tap to upload your photo into the frame of your choice, then slide to fit (or expand, depending on the photo size), and save. You can even share to Instagram directly from the app.

Photo collage made with PicFrame

My only gripe is that the “tap” feature is super sensitive, so on numerous occasions, I’ve ended up back at my photo library when all I wanted to do was expand a photo. Of course that’s a minor annoyance thanks to a simple click on the cancel button–and well worth it for a handy app that’s less than a buck.

You can purchase PicFrame for Instagram at iTunes. And thanks to my favorite collage Instagrammers–Marie, Ciaran, and Danielle–for the tip. Also, don’t miss our post on 10 of the best Instagram collage apps for iOS and Android, to see which is best for you. 

Kristen is CEO/Co-Founder of Cool Mom Picks and a busy mom of four kids who lives in the Philly 'burbs. Though really, what mom isn't busy?


  • Reply July 27, 2012


    Do you know any similar programs to use on a pc?

  • Reply August 6, 2012


    According to my husband there are more Android users than iPhone users. It would be great if you could include non-iPhone apps more often.

    umar, I have been using PhotoGrid, and so far it is good (and free.)

  • Cool Mom Picks
    Reply August 7, 2012

    Cool Mom Picks

    Hi Julie, we have an entire category of apps for Android

    Good ones remain harder to find (and meet our standards) than iOS apps, but we are always on the lookout.

  • Reply September 22, 2012


    I just discovered PosterFuse (www.posterfuse) that is similar to PicFrame for your PC.

    It turns your Instagram photos into a collage either to print on a huge poster for a great price or to use as a Facebook cover photo.

    Highly recommend them and hope you support them too!

  • So cool -will try it out now! Thank you for all your helpful tip and ideas!

  • Reply October 15, 2012


    Thank you! I’m downloading it right now.

  • Reply May 20, 2015


    i have created several collages and saved them to my camera roll, but nobody has explained how to get it to Instagram as a cover photo.

    • Liz
      Reply May 20, 2015


      Hi Judi, to clarify – do you mean you want an Instagram cover photo? Instagram doesn’t have the functionality to customize it; the featured image collage on if you’re checking on the web randomly rotates photos from your stream. You can only control your own avatar.

      If you mean something else, please let us know!

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