How to Make Your Own Custom Stickers for Instagram Stories

Today, we are super excited to let you in on an amazing secret we discovered that will allow you to add some serious customization to your stories, and turn you into a mobile Photoshop master. We recently discovered a way to copy and paste elements into stories, and with a little time spent on the front end, you can use this trick to make incredible customized stickers that will leave your audience stunned.


Now in order to do this, you have to have a basic understanding of how to use Photoshop and/or Illustrator. The key thing that you have to know how to do is save a file as a .PNG with a transparent background. Additionally, we can only confirm that this works on an iPhone. Once you read the steps, if you can figure out a simple way to translate that to an Android operating system, we encourage you to try it and let us know if it works.

Without further adieu, lets get into it!


First what you want to do is grab whatever art you wanna use. Maybe you want to create some cool typography, or maybe you want to take a photo of yourself making a goofy face. Whatever you make, save it as a .PNG with a transparent background.


After you make a few awesome designs, send them all over to your phone from your computer. We would recommend making an album on your phone in the Photos app so you can access these easily in the future. Another tip would be that if you would like to let multiple people access these, make a folder on a file sharing app like Box or Dropbox and distribute the link. This is a great option for a social team or a business.



Go ahead and open up Instagram Stories and either take a photo / video / boomerang or upload one just like you would normally. After you do that, exit out of Instagram by clicking the home button or swiping up, depending on your phone and open your Photos app. Find your cool sticker you designed and click the button that looks like this in the lower left hand corner.


You should find an option in the menu that pops up that says “COPY”


Double tap your home button or swipe or however you get to the opened programs on your phone again and go back into Instagram. There in the lower left hand corner, your awesome sticker should appear in a window that says “add sticker".”


Then you can place it anywhere you want in the story! It acts just like a sticker or a GIF that’s already in Instagram’s sticker menu, meaning you can scale it and click it to reverse it’s orientation.

If all that didn’t make sense, make sure you watch the video at the top that shows how to execute the placement process.

We created some stickers below that you can download and try out for yourself right now, but we want to see your creativity! If you use this technique with your stories, make sure to tag us so we can see what you made. (Click the image to open the file and save it to your phone to use)


Thanks for reading and keep your eyes peeled for our next tutorial!