Do you want to level up your IG game? Wondering which theme to do next for your Instagram? Do you want to learn how to create an Instagram puzzle feed? Let me show you how you can do all that in this post!

A few months ago I wanted to revamp my Instagram look and was wondering what to do. I have been obsessing over puzzle feeds at the time as well. So I checked tutorials on how to do it. Some required Photoshop – and that’s how I did it at first but it was too time-consuming for me.

Instagram Puzzle Feed Tutorial

Luckily, there’s another way to do Instagram puzzle feed and no Photoshop required! And get this – you can do it on your mobile phone! I’ve been doing it ever since (check my Instagram @hazywanders) I discovered how easy it is. Eventually, a lot of people have been sending me DMs to ask how I do it. So I thought I will just create a tutorial to help you guys out!

Keep on reading or watch the quick video tutorial below to learn how! Plus I included 5 FREE templates to get you started!

Instagram Puzzle Feed Video Tutorial

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For those who prefer to read instructions than to watch the video tutorial… here you go! 😉

3 FREE Apps To Create An Instagram Puzzle Feed

Before we start make sure you have these 3 apps on your phone. These are are all available for FREE on the App Store and on Google Play.

Download these apps first!
  • Canva – Create beautiful designs using Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and layouts.
  • Grid Post – Split (or crop) your large rectangular photos into a number of square pics and upload them to Instagram easily. Here’s the download link to Google Play or App Store.
  • Preview – Hands down one of the best Instagram feed planners I’ve used and it’s FREE! This allows you to preview your Instagram feed before you post them.

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Open Canva and click “Custom Dimensions”.
  2. Determine how many puzzle feed posts you want to create as the grid dimension would depend on that.
    • If you want to create 9 posts (3 x 3 grid) = enter 3240 x 3240
    • If you want to create 12 posts (3 x 4 grid) = enter 3240 x 4320
    • If you want to create 15 posts (3 x 5 grid) = enter 3240 x 5400

      TIP: A single Instagram square post should be 1080 x 1080 px. This ensures your posts are of high quality and not pixelated when you upload them on Instagram.
  3. After you input your desired width and length, a blank canvas will open. Start designing! You can insert photos and simply drag and drop them to position them according to your preference. I like adding polaroids, paint splashes, and masking tapes to add a little oomph to my layout. There are tons of nice icons, shapes, and illustrations you can add, just click “Elements” and search for them.

    TIP: You can change the colors, insert text, change the background, and so on. The sky is the limit when designing in Canva!
  4. Once you’re done, click “Save As Image” and wait for your design to be downloaded to your phone.
  5. Now time to cut your design into grid posts. Go and open the Grid Post app, upload your design, and click on the grid option that corresponds to your layout’s dimension (3 x 4, 3 x 5, etc). Then click “Next” and wait for your layout to be sliced accordingly. There might be some ads before you can see the “Done” button. Lastly, click the “Camera Roll”. You should now have the individual grid posts saved on your phone.
  6. So now it’s time to check how your puzzle feed looks like – just open the Preview app. Select the photos from your camera roll and upload them to Preview. Note that you can upload a max of 10 photos at a time. So just repeat the process until you see all your Instagram puzzle feed posts in the Preview feed.
  7. Check if each photo has been cut the way you want it to be. If not, simply go back to Canva and adju