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How To Make An Instagram Puzzle Feed Using Canva

Instagram- it’s a tough social media nutwork… errr network to crack, but I’m sure gonna try! As usual when I work on something I love, I like to share with you! I am going to show you how to make a feed that stands out- an easy Instagram puzzle feed using Canva! It seriously can be done for free in like an hour, and you’ll have 15 posts so enough for maybe two weeks:) and you’ll have a beautiful feed that will make ’em insta-envious!

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Instagram Feed Ideas

I recently created my first Instagram business account… I know shame on me for not doing it sooner being a social media gal and blogger, but hey I wasn’t ready! I wanted it to be the best it could be and I wasn’t sure how I was going to create a feed that stood a chance of standing out!

Check me out @Steph__social and I’d love if you would follow me so I know you stopped by:)

Instagram Themes | How Do You Choose

Your Vibe

First, choose your vibe! Are you going for minimalist vibes, bright and colourful, grunge and moody, playful and sweet, classy, fashionista, boho, or tropics? Ya, my head was spinning too just trying to decide and I hadn’t even created my first post yet!

Instagram Grid Layout

Once you decide on your vibe, now you can choose your grid layout. It’s not totally necessary, but it helps keep your feed looking cohesive! It really helps give your profile a theme so when someone clicks on you, they scroll down your feed and see a neat and tidy look! There are several Instagram grid layouts to choose from:

  • Checkered
  • Diagonal
  • Black and White
  • Puzzle Feed
  • Row by Row
  • Squares
  • Line in the Midde

Check out how to create each grid here.

My Instagram Theme

Instagram themes help you create a cohesive, beautiful feed. When someone clicks on your profile, they look at (and judge) your feed. Your theme could be the difference between another follow or unfollow.

I decided to combine a few of my favourite Instagram themes to really express my creativity. I love experimenting with different social media designs, so I’ll probably change it up in the future, but for now this is my favourite look.

I am deep in to a sweet pastel phase, and I’m diggin the sketch look, so I combined them both to create a unique vibe! Check it out and follow me @steph__social.

Create An Instagram Puzzle Feed

instagram puzzle feed

Okay so here’s how you can make an instagram puzzle feed in an hour for free, using your Canva and Photo Grid!

Step 1: Follow me @steph__social so we can connect!

Step 2: Download Canva and the Photo Grid App.

Step 3: In Canva, create a custom image size 2300 wide by 6900 high. This will give you 12 individual Instagram posts once you’re finished!

In the beginning, you might find it easier to mark out the individual Instagram squares within the image grid, so you can see how each tile will look on it’s own. That’s what I did my first grid. You want each tile to look good on it’s own so when you post individually, it doesn’t look odd.

Step 4: Use your brand colours to start adding some background colour and texture. These are what you call hero images. They’re not the main focus of your tiles, but more like accents! They’re there for texture and colour and to add to overall vibe. You can add frames and background images or colour blocks. Add in different shapes and sizes to see what fits where and what looks good!

Here’s what mine looked like at step 1:

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Step 5: Start overlapping, by adding a main image to each tile. Try a few images that have multiple pieces in them, so you can spread it out over a few tiles, giving it a real puzzle look but each tile will still make sense on it’s own! For example an image with a plant on one side and a desk on the other so one tile can show the plant and the next will have the desk, but they’re connected in the grande scheme of it! Make sense?

Here’s what my grid looked like as I started layering

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And a few more layers

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Step 5: Pop in a few quotes and accent graphics/blocks here and there. Play around until it feels right.

All done

Step 6: Upload to the InstaGrid app and see how it looks, paying attention to how each tile will look. Make sure you hit the proper grid format. You might have to go back and move a few things around. I usually have to go back and fourth a few times before it’s perfect but by once you’ve created a few puzzle feed templates, you’ll get the hang of it and it’ll be much easier!

Steph Social

Steph is a former journalist who has written content for magazines and newspapers around the world, for nearly 10 years. She recently went back to school to study social media marketing, and graduated with honours.

20 Comments

  1. so cool! i love all the layers you’ve put together. it is quite beautiful.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

    1. Thanks 🙏 it’s actually quite fun to create!

  2. katrina Kroeplin says:

    that’s super cool and creative. i love things like this.

  3. Matt Taylor says:

    Very cool Steph! Super creative and something different. I like it! 🙂

  4. This is such a fun idea! But when you post another post, does it mess the whole thing up?

    1. U have to plan ahead, but you can leave a few tiles with space for impromptu photos than add before u post 🙂 that’s what I do! I

  5. Cool beans! I never thought I could do this using Canva. Thanks for sharing! 😀

  6. That looks really cool. It seems like it would take longer than an hour — or maybe it would take me longer than an hour. LOL I will check yours out!

  7. A very creative idea. This might work well for my painting Instagram. it will be fun to see how they look in the grid.

  8. Fatima D Torres says:

    This is awesome. I’ve always struggled with creating steady flow of similar images on my IG feed.

  9. Ronnie E. says:

    I’m new to Instagram so this is super helpful! I want to create a beautiful and matching feed.

  10. Ave Hla says:

    Wow! I really like how your Instagram feed looks at this moment! I have to take some time and use your tutorial to create the puzzle feed too!

  11. It is super important to know and express your style. I think the insta puzzles are fun.

  12. Love it! How pretty!

  13. Lorena says:

    I love it!! thanks so much very easy to do it!!

  14. Thanks for this… I just wanted the same Steph..

  15. Hi..
    I can’t create the template of 2300 w and 6900 h.. 🤔

    1. Try 1000 wide by 3000 high! You won’t have as many tiles but it’ll get you started!

    2. And I’m not sure why you can’t make it that size! Did you try on computer? That is the dimensions I used but maybe they recently limited size!! But if you use 1000 by 3000 that’ll do too! 🙂 good luck!!

  16. Yes. Earlier I tried making it on my cellphone. I guess that’s why it wasn’t happening..
    ….
    I tried on my computer… Now it’s done!!!
    Thanks Steph!! ❤

    Can you suggest me few instagram accounts which go with the puzzle feed..?

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