How to add a custom sticker to Instagram stories (for iOS)

How to Make Custom Instagram Stickers (and Add them to your Stories)

by Kaya Marriott

Wondering how to make custom Instagram stickers for your stories? Not too sure how to add them to your stories? This post has you covered.

I’m always on the lookout to see how I can make my Instagram stories more branded–or more identifiably me. I always love when I’m watching a story and I can tell who’s it is before I even look at their profile picture in the top left corner. (Stay tuned, because I have a post in the works on this very topic!)

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So awhile back I was thinking about how I could elevate the feel of my stories, and found myself wondering, “what could possibly be more branded, than my logo?” And suddenly, I needed to figure out how to make custom stickers for my own Instagram stories. Specifically, so I could turn my logo into a sticker, and move it around anywhere I wanted in my stories.

I ended up searching high and low for an answer, and finally, FINALLY, figured it out. And since I’m not one to hoard information, I wanted to share the trick with all of you! (At this time, this only works for iOS).

instagram logo stickers | How to create custom Instagram Stickers for Stories. | Instagram Tips

(This is a fantastic resource not just for bloggers and influencers, but also for those involved in digital marketing, or anyone looking to elevate their social media game.)

Before we get into the how to add them to your stories, let’s talk prep work:

How to create custom instagram stickers

Okay, so you may be thinking “how do I make a custom stickers for Instagram?”

But here’s thing: any image in your photos app can be used as a sticker. Whether it’s a logo, a meme, or a picture of your cat. If it’s in your photos app, it can be used as a sticker.

But if you want a true sticker, you’ll need to design a graphic and save it as a PNG file with a transparent background. This can be done using the paid version of Canva, or with Adobe photoshop.

Personally, I already had my logo saved in this format from using it on my blog and when designing Pinterest pins, but I turned to Canva when it came to creating more fun graphics!

I love using them as they already have a huge selection of stickers and graphics to expand on! I made the below custom sticker for Instagram using three Canva elements, a camel graphic, the swatch of color, and custom text!

How to make custom Instagram Stickers using Canva. Available for download! Create your own custom instagram stickers

Not the creative type? Buy and download stickers for your Instagram Stories!

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Okay, some of us aren’t that creative, and most of us don’t have the time to be creating graphics from scratch. Lucikly there are a ton of people creating stickers for Instagram!

And on that note, while we’re talking about branding and outsourcing, in addition to Instagram story stickers, there are other things you can find on Etsy to elevate your Instagram feed. There are:

And if you’re looking for some free custom Instagram stickers for your stories, I have some available for download at the bottom of this post!

Instructions for posting a custom sticker in your Instagram Story:

Now that you have the graphic or image you want to use as a sticker, let’s get into how to actually add it to your story.

But first, make sure the graphic is saved on your iPhone. I recommend creating a special folder of stickers so you can find them quickly!

Once it’s saved, follow the below steps! (And if you don’t like written instructions, no worries! I have a video walkthrough for you at the bottom!)

Step 1: go to Instagram, and take or upload a picture/video to your story. But don’t post it yet!

Step 2: keeping your Instagram app open, switch to your photos app, and select the image you want to use as a sticker.

Step 3: select the share button in the bottom left corner.

Step 4: select “Copy Photo”.

Step 5: switch back to the Instagram app, and an “add sticker” feature will pop up in the bottom left corner.

Step 6 (last step!): select it, and place it anywhere you’d like! You can resize it and orient it however you want!

If you are a more visual learner, take a look at my IGTV video below:

The opportunities are pretty much endless when it comes to creating your own stickers. You can experiment with different graphics, icons, and text so that your stickers really feel branded! I recommend starting with your logo though!

Related: How to get multiple links in your Instagram bio.

As I mentioned, unfortunately I could only figure out the instructions for iOS. The above does not currently work on Android. If anyone figures it out for other operating systems, let me know!

So, will you be using these on your own Instagram account? If you want to experiment now, go ahead and download the free collection of custom Instagram stickers below:

If you enjoyed this post, pin the below to Pinterest:

How to make custom Instagram stickers for your stories | Make your logo a sticker, or download your own from Etsy.

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Breonna Queen April 23, 2020 - 8:35 am

Canvas is out here snatching edges because it makes it soo easy to create graphics. Thanks for this post on creating custom stickers!

Britt | Shed Happens (@ShedHappenscmty) March 25, 2020 - 1:25 pm

This is such a great opportunity for additional branding! I’m an Android user so while this won’t work for me, I might just have to dig into it all to figure out how to do it… Something to try while we’re spending so much time at home, right?

ComfyGirlWithCurls March 25, 2020 - 2:32 pm

Ahh darn. If you end up finding something, please let me know! I’m on the hunt! I’m also working on a post for just branding tips in general, so hopefully that one would be more useful for you!


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