How to Make the Perfect Instagram Story Cover Photos

So, as I’m sure you all know, Instagram now has the option to add instagram stories to your highlight reel. These highlighted stories stay on your profile page so people can look through old stories you’ve highlighted. The best thing about this, is you can categorize your stories now into whatever you want, style, decor, beauty, etc. It’s perfect for people who love posting stories and for viewers who want to look through specific stories. I love the idea of posting in categories cause now whenever I’m like, “oh what should I wear today…?”, I’ll just flip through my style stories for some inspiration! It’s like clothes shopping through your own closet.

Side-bar: does anyone remember Cher’s closet from Clueless where she looked through everything in her computer to see what the outfit looked like on her before wearing it? Well that is my style insta stories for me!! I swear its a great little tool.

Anyways, back on track. So you can look through everyone else’s categories too to get some inspiration as well.

Now it’s not necessary to create your own cover photo for your highlighted stories (instagram will just mark your first pic as your automatic cover photo), but for me and my OCD-like tendencies I prefer everything look the same. So creating a cover photo is a MUST!

Since my style is more minimalistic I decided to go with a look that was similar to my website logo that I designed. Which you can see HERE. For my website logo I actually used Canva (which is amazing!). However, for the insta-stories I decided to use an app on my photo (not canva) just cause it was easier to use and upload to instagram.

So these are all the details on what I used and how you too can make the perfect instagram stories cover photo!


Ok first, I used a free app on my iPhone called Logo Maker. Just open the app and follow the pictures below for a step-by-step guide to the perfect logos.

When you first open the app you’ll see this:

Then this screen will pop-up after hitting create:

Then click on graphics:

Then this is the graphics screen, everything is in categories, so pick whatever you like:

I love the geometric, shopping, abstract, and animal logos the best

This is the abstract category of graphics:

Minimalist is my thing!

After you select your graphic, it will appear and you can adjust color, size, and orientation.

When you have your graphic exactly how you like it, then hit the check mark in the top right corner:

Now the picture is automatically saved to your camera roll on your phone!

Your can now upload the pictures to your instagram account and stories and start marking them as the cover photos of you highlights!

Here is a look at all the instagram story covers I made with this app:

My look is very simple an minimalistic. I love clean white and hints of pink, as you can see.

Check out my instagram for more of a look on how they will appear on your profile.

For more on my “how to” projects check out my advice page on my blog!

Any questions, feel free to ask!

Talk to you soon!

blissfully bubbly Chelsea Signature


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