How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + Free Checklist

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Have you seen the new Instagram Story highlights?  If you have a business account on Instagram (you can switch over under your profile) you can add your favorite “My Story” posts to the favorites bar, which will stay posted at the top of your IG page.  I love that I can feature my favorite on the go moments or deals of the day.

Not sure what I am talking about? Here is a snapshot of mine.

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{{ PS- if you haven’t already, hit that follow button so you don’t miss a thing! }}

While you can choose your favorite snapshots, you can also take it up a notch by branding your IG page and using icons to separate your posts into categories.  How cool is that?!  And it is super easy.

I’m going to walk you through creating these icons and uploading them, for FREE, and I’ll finish up the post with a checklist of how to get them going.


Canva is a great free tool for creating graphics for everything from Facebook covers to ads to post cards, business cards and banner ads that arhttp://( already pre-sized to fit.  It is free; but note there is a paid version and paid graphics. If you want to keep it free, just look for the images that have a little “FREE” banner on them.

I suggest connecting to your Facebook account. It’s easy to log in and you can easily upload images to Facebook that you have created for albums, albums sales, covers, profile photos, and sponsored ads.

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On the left hand side, click the Template button, then in the search bar (top middle) type “Instagram Stories”. A ton of options will come up. Choose a free template and double click. It will open a design page with the template.

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Select the elements on the template and delete them (top left, trash can button). Delete all of them so that you are left with a blank white template.

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On the left menu, choose Background. Scroll through and find a background you like or better yet, that coordinates with your brand.  My blog,, is pink, gold and black themed. I choose a light pink with circles background to mimic my blog header.  I LOVE the marble background. You can add the background to your template by clicking on it.


Back to the left hand menu: Elements. Here you will find icons to your hearts content. I started with Shapes and added a circle design. I then selected Icons and chose icons that represented what I want to feature.  You can resize and recolor the icons easily.  If you center the image (Canva gives you placement guides), it will show up in the Instagram Stories Highlight circle once you upload the image.

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On the top bar you will want to first rename the document by clicking the current design title.  Now you need to get the cover graphics onto your phone. You can 1) Click Download and email the image to yourself, open email on phone and Save to each image to Camera Roll or 2) download the Canva App.

In Canva App (iPhone): This one is a little trickier, so if you are tech saavy keep reading, if not, revert to downloading and email to yourself. Your Designs > Open the document > Share- let it process > Save to Files. Under the Files App, Open the file by clicking on it, select the upload button (bottom left) and Save Image to your photo roll.

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Here’s what it looks like in the Canva App on iPhone once you have saved it to the Files App.


On your phone: Open Instagram. Go to your profile. Click New + on the Stories bar. Upload the LAST IMAGE FIRST. The images will appear in the order uploaded, being newest first. So, make sure you upload them in reverse order.  To add stories to the icon, select each icon and click the More elipses (bottom right) > Edit Highlight > Archive. Archive will be where you select the photos you want to appear under that category. Click back over to Highlighted before hitting done and make sure te cover photo is the icon. You can Edit Cover and reselect the icon if needed.

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You’re all set!  Now this post may seem a little wordy, but really uploading them to Instagram in the correct order is the most difficult part, and I already learned that by trial and error for you. So, read the directions, make those icons and let me know what you come up with.

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I’d love to see what you made- comment below with your IG handle once you’ve uploaded your Instagram Stories Highlight Icons and I will check them out!

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DIY Make It: Coffee Break Gift Card Holder

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Coffee Break Gift Card Holder Tutorial

How stinkin’ cute is this coffee cup gift card holder?!! Y’all know I love Starbuck, like really love it. I have stamping at Starbucks events, half of my Instagram feed is filled with photos of my Starbucks choice of the day, and if you lived in my house you would hear my husband ask me how much I spent at Starbucks this month every time we sit down to go over our budget.

Supply List

  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Garden Green
  • Ink: Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Early Espresso
  • Stamps: Coffee Break & Framelits Bundle, Brush Strokes background stamp
  • Paper Trimmer
  • TomBow & Tear Tape adhesive
  • Dimensions
  • Big Shot


Normally I would jump right into the directions, but with this card, I found it was easier to cut all of the pieces first, then start assembling them.  Make sure you follow the precise order, otherwise things won’t line up.

  • Card base: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Crumb Cake
  • Front Pocket: 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ Crumb Cake
  • Stripes & Straws: 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ Garden Green, Straws cut in half lengthwise
  • Gift Card Holder insert: 2 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ Whisper White
  • 1 Large Coffee cup
  • 2 whipped toppings- Stamp in Sahara Sand first, then die cut
  • 1 acetate round lid


  1. Cut all pieces described above.
  2. Stamp Brush Strokes in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake card stock.
  3. Adhere two 1/4″ Garden Green stripes to the front pocket.  I lined up the bottom of the pocket with the grid paper and placed the stripes at the fourth from the bottom, skipped one, then added the other at the 6th from the bottom. This also made sure the pieces were straight.
  4. Score the White Pocket Insert at 1/4″ on the long edge & fold towards you so that it creates a lip.  (You can place a gift card here).
  5. Stamp sentiment in Garden Green on large Coffee Cup die cut piece.
  6. Stamp coffee beans on outer edges of card pocket with Early Espresso ink.
  7. Add tear tape or TomBow glue to three edges of the front pocket (leaving the top edge without adhesive) and adhere to the middle of the card base, towards the bottom.  Make sure the glue is right along the edge so that there is plenty of room for the insert. Set aside to dry.
  8. For the insert- run a thin line of glue on the back bottom of one whipped cream and adhere to top of insert, in the middle, with most of the whipped cream above the top of the insert.
  9. Adhere the straw (half of the skinny Garden Green strips mentioned above) to the insert, pointing slightly to the side with about 1″ above the top of the insert.
  10. Grab the large stamped cup and another whipped cream and adhere a thin line of glue to the front bottom of the whipped cream.  Place the middle top of the cup over the glue and press to seal. Let dry 30 seconds.
  11. Run a thin line of liquid glue over the middle top of the coffee cup (right under the whipped cream) and adhere the acetate rounded lid die cut.  Press firmly so that glue disperses (This will hide the glue  well once it dries).
  12. Place dry insert into the front pocket. Push down so that the whipped cream is peeking out as far as it can without the insert showing across the top.
  13. Put 4 dimensionals on the back of the finished coffee cup- NOT ON WHIPPED CREAM- only on the cup portion.
  14. Adhere the coffee cup to the front of the pocket making sure the whipped cream from the cup covers the whipped cream on the gift card insert.
  15. Ta-Da! You’re finished. Enjoy a coffee!

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