How to: Create Instagram Highlight Icons

Instagram story highlight icons

Creating Instagram Highlight Icons
using Canva (Free App)

When we asked for the chronological feed back, we got insta stories. When we asked for the chronological feed back again, we got Instagram highlights. These highlights are cool because you can save your stories for people to watch later. You can save them for quite some time.

I’ve seen people asking around and offering services regarding these icons. So instead of paying someone to do them, I decided to learn how to make them myself. I personally, couldn’t justify buying some icons. To be honest, making them yourself isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Well, it depends on the program you are using. These icons can run anywhere between $5-$100 depending where you get them from.

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These icons can be made on Photoshop, font candy, monogram it, or Canva (what I used). Basically any app that lets you add icons with pictures or text. I discovered Canva last year and I use it when I need to create graphics that I don’t want to make on Photoshop.



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I decided to keep mine simple and only do 5 icons because I didn’t want it to be crowded. I made these in like 10 mins because I was trying to figure out, which colors I wanted to use. I also couldn’t figure out, which icons I wanted to use and there were some that I couldn’t find.  Using Canva, you have the option to use the free icons or use the (pro) version ($1-$5).




Creating Instagram Highlight Icons for Free

How To Start

Using Canva is quite simple, once you get the hang of it.
1.  start by choosing the blog graphic
2. click on the element tab-------click on grids---select the first image
3.  change the background---customize the color and add text if you want (I didn’t)
4.  click on element again---then on icons (add the icons that you want i.e., beauty, fashion, etc. )
5.  make sure you customize the size of the icon to fit properly on Instagram
Once finished: save as a JPEG

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Creating Instagram Highlight Story Icons

Now all you have to do is upload them to Instagram.

The easiest way to do this is by posting the icons as stories and then adding them as highlights. It is simple, fast and easy. Just keep in mind, that the first one you upload will be the last one down the line. I didn’t realize this at first and just got lazy to change them. So as you can see, my list goes from EXTRA, STYLE, FOOD, BLOG, BEAUTY. When it should be BEAUTY, BLOG, FOOD, STYLE, EXTRA but I am just going to leave them as is, until I decide to actually change them.


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Are you ready to add these to your Instagram? Let me know if you use this method or if you have an easier method of creating them. I know I am always looking for different ways to create stuff like this and I know others might want to know.

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