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Instagram has taken the world by storm, and despite the app being relatively new, there’s not a soul among our readers who hasn’t at least heard of it. With user count reaching 100 million a few months ago, it’s definitely not a force to ignore. In fact, it’s now almost a synonym to photo-sharing, if not to mobile photography in general.

With this immense popularity, Instagram is a great platform to take advantage of, and many Web apps, printing services and the like have sprung out all over the place. These services are now so common, that when I first heard of StickyGram, my expectations weren’t very high. The idea is very cute – taking your favorite Instagram photos and printing them on flexible square magnets – but will the execution match the idea?

We set out to test drive StickyGram, and ordered four packs of these Instagram magnets to four different places of the world. Each sheet of StickyGrams includes nine magnets, 50mm X 50mm in size, costs $14.99, and ships worldwide for free. According to the StickyGram website, the magnets are produced by a unique process which results in flexible yet durable magnets, with quality and colors to match the original image. But what are they really like? You can read our verdict below, and as usual, enter the giveaway to win one of 5 sheets of 9 StickyGram magnets, made from your own Instagram photos!

Creating Your StickyGram Magnets

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To get started, you will first need to connect StickyGram with your Instagram account. StickyGram will then display all your Instagram photos for you to choose from, and each one you click on will be added to your virtual magnet sheet on the right.

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The creation process is really simple; your only job is to choose which photos you’d like to include, and while this is definitely a hard choice to make, it’s also where your hard work ends. If you change your mind, you can always remove photos from your sheet by hovering over them and clicking “Remove”. You can also move the photos around on the sheet and place them in any order you want. In the long run, though, the order doesn’t matter much, as you’ll be separating them once they arrive anyway.

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After adding the sheet to your basket, you’ll get the option to order several copies of the same sheet, add another sheet, go back and edit the sheet, or just go ahead and buy it. Throughout the checkout process, your sheet will be visible on the left side, so you can make sure you’ve made the right choices again and again. You can pay for your StickGram using PayPal or credit card, and as mentioned above, they ship worldwide for free from the UK, and should arrive within 14 working days, depending on where you live.

The creation process is really simple and smooth, with a very friendly and straightforward interface. Not once was I confused about what I should do next or where to access a certain option. With that, let’s move on to the really interesting part: the magnets themselves.

The Magnets: What Are They Like?

About a week after placing the order, I received an envelope in the mail – the magnets have arrived!

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I opened the envelope expectantly, and found my sheet of magnets, and a friendly note from StickyGram telling me that if I’m not happy for any reason, I should contact them and they’ll do their best to fix it. On the other side of the note, I found a cute little printout of my magnet sheet.

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I was immediately impressed by the magnets. The printing quality is surprisingly good, they come with a matte finish which makes the colors stand out, and despite my worries, the photos seem to be printed on the magnet instead of being stuck to it in a way that can peel off.

Separating the sheet to individual magnets is very easy; all you have to do is pull on them slightly and they come apart. There’s no need to worry about sticking, tearing or any of those inconveniences. The magnets are also very durable, and can bend easily without breaking or showing any signs of wear.

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The magnets come with a thin white frame on each photo which does not appear in the online preview. This white frame is included whether or not your original Instagram has its own frame or not. For this reason, you might find that some images have double white frames, some have white surrounding black frames, and some have only the built-in white frame. You can see the difference clearly.

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The magnets are not extremely strong, but are enough to hold up a piece of paper. And they do such a great job at livening up your dreary fridge, you wouldn’t want to waste them on heavy-duty magnet work anyway.

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Besides me, three other MakeUseOf authors ordered a sheet of StickyGrams. James, who is in the UK, received them 5 days after placing the order.

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James loved the printing quality, and thought the magnets have a great value at just over $1.50 each. He didn’t like the fact that some of his magnets came with double borders, and chose to snip off the extra border in every magnet that had one. For that reason, some of James’s magnets have only the black frame, unlike my own, uncut magnets. To avoid this, he suggests that you try choosing Instagram photos that don’t have borders in the filter.

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Tina, in Germany, received her StickyGrams 4 days after placing the order. In fact, she found them in her mailbox on the same say she received the notice they were shipped.

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She also loved the printing quality, and thought the colors were very sharp and deep. She pointed out that the magnets are not very strong, but thought they make a really cool present. Unlike James, Tina felt that at just over $1.50 per magnet, the StickyGrams are a bit expensive.

Jackson, in Australia, received his StickyGrams after approximately 10 days, which is still less than the maximum time mentioned on the StickGram website.

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The same as the rest of us, Jackson was happy with his magnets and thought the printing quality is awesome, but pointed out that the matte finish of the magnets might discolor over time. I guess we’ll have to wait and see about that. Jackson also mentioned that the magnets are more of a decorative item, and don’t really perform when it comes to holding up papers, bills, or anything too heavy. He also noticed the double border issue, and thought that photos that already come with a light-colored frame looked especially weird.

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After four tests in four different parts of the world, the overall impression is the same: the StickGrams are awesome, the printing quality is great, and we’re all very happy with our beautiful magnets. The only thing thing to take into account is the white border which does not appear while creating your magnets, but is present in the finished product.

Want to purchase a StickyGram as a Christmas stocking filler? Place your order before Dec 9 (Dec 13 if you’re in the UK) to receive it before Christmas!

We’re giving away 5 sheets of 9 StickyGram magnets to MakeUseOf readers this week. Want to join? Read on.

How do I win some StickyGram magnets?

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. MakeUseOf giveaways are open to readers worldwide*.

The giveaway code required to activate the form is available from our Facebook page, Twitter stream and Google+ page.

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:
  • Amy Campbell
  • Dany Bouffard
  • Melanie Rink
  • Thomas Verlodt
  • Tony Karakashian

Congratulations! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received your codes via email from jackson@makeuseof.com. If you require any assistance, please get in touch with our Associate Editor, Jackson Chung before Dec 31. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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  1. Amy Campbell
    January 11, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Thanks for picking me! Got my magnets in the mail today and I love them! YAY!

  2. David Etter
    December 12, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I love all of the ways we can use our Instagram photos! Cool tools.

  3. Va Du
    December 11, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Nice for generic pictures but I would never use personal photos.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 11, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Well, it depends on how personal, of course, but it's no different that printing and framing photos to hang on the walls. If course you wouldn't use anything you don't want other people to see, but it doesn't have to be a generic photo.

  4. martin burg
    December 10, 2012 at 8:14 am

    great stuff

  5. itu
    December 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Can I enter this giveaway just by filling the form or do I have to share the post on facebook too?

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

      You need to fill the form and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. You have to do both in order to enter.

  6. Dany
    December 9, 2012 at 6:31 am

    try http://www.onlinesocialprint.com/
    you get bigger magnets and bonus of free 154 stickers ...

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 12, 2012 at 7:25 am

      Thanks Dany, looks interesting! I wonder how they match up in quality of print.

      • Dany
        December 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

        Hi Yaara, I order from onlinesocialprint and from stikygram, the quality of onlinesocialprint are great :-) (more then stickygram).

  7. J Burkhart
    December 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I cannot figure out how to start an account. I've been a subscribed user for 3 years.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 8, 2012 at 7:09 am

      It's very simple, all you have to do is choose one of the available networks from the top bar on the right, where it says "Register or Login", click on the network of your choice and log in with your credentials.

      We don't access your contacts, information, etc., and we don't store it anywhere. It's just to make it easy for you create an account and log in with one click.

  8. Sri Vastav Reddy
    December 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Wow..

  9. Âdil Farôôq
    December 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    very nice giveaway hope to win :)

  10. Deb Herrick
    December 7, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I'd really love to win the Nexus! Heck, I'd love to win anything!

  11. Concerned Citizen ?
    December 7, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Neat product ! Thanks for the contest !

  12. Ayan Panja
    December 7, 2012 at 3:58 am

    I would like to win this......

  13. Gary Rosende
    December 7, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I can see many uses, instead of having pictures in your cube at work put up a magnet.

  14. Ronald Smith
    December 7, 2012 at 12:49 am

    My wife recently started getting into Instagram, so this would be a nice gift for her to make and hand out to people. Thanks for the opportunity and good luck to all of us entering!

  15. Anita Lee
    December 7, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Cool giveaway. Been advertising your manuals on my FB page.

  16. Suzi Love
    December 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    These look really cool.

  17. Jurmy Chris
    December 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    nice one! perfect for a gift :)

  18. Nez
    December 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Not for me, but good luck to everyone. I'll be sure to share this, in case others are interested.

  19. Larry Vennard
    December 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks Yaara and MUO.. I feel magnetically drawn toward my winning refrigerator.
    I just can't help it. Magnets always do that for me.!!

  20. Jan Hustadnes
    December 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Hope it's my turn too win soon!!!!
    Thank's for your giveaways

  21. Dwayne Rice at fdrcompany@gmail.com
    December 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I can't seem to find how to enter this contest, but, if it is by comment, then I hope this one will allow me to win. :)

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      You need to either fill out the form above (requires giveaway code which you can find on Facebook, Twitter or Google+) and share the giveaway, or exchange points for an entry.

      I see you're not a registered MakeUseOf user, so you don't have points, so just fill in the form, share on any social network you like, and you're in!

  22. Alcro
    December 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Every time I enter one of these competitions I ALWAYS get the error below -

    The giveaway code you entered was incorrect. Please refresh the page to try again.

    If you think that you've entered the code correctly, then please check your inbox for our email confirmation.

  23. Junie
    December 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Why not be positive anyway and say "I'm Going To Win"!

    • Brad
      December 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Okay,
      Why not be positive anyway and say “I’m Going To Win”!

  24. Marianne Martin
    December 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    This is one that would be nice to win. Good luck to all of us.

  25. Peter Bryenton
    December 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Well written & illustrated. I ordered immediately. The process was seamless on my iPad.
    Thanks very much.

  26. Carl Smith Jr
    December 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Great giveaway!

  27. Monique
    December 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Pick me !!!!!

  28. Catherine McCrum
    December 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Think I will try these. They definitely should show the white boarder on the preview though - trimming it off for a full bleed look is always a once-you-get-it option I would probably do.

  29. Ted Cooper
    December 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    these look like fun !!

  30. Ned
    December 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Sorry but really boring. What's next? Paper dolls? C'mon guys!

    • Ronald Smith
      December 7, 2012 at 12:50 am

      Nobody's forcing you to enter ;)

      • Ned
        December 7, 2012 at 4:46 am

        @Ronald. Makeuseof encourages feedback from its registered subscribers. I not only frequently recommend their services to other people but take the time to post comments as I have done above. Your reaction to my post is bordering on sanctimonious and definitely ignorant of an important objective of this forum ;)

        • Ronald Smith
          December 7, 2012 at 6:08 am

          Actually, the reality is that all you're expressing now is your opinion. Using big words to attempt to get your point across, one that is the action of trying to make me feel ignorant, as if I don't understand the words and/or the meaning behind them, will not get you anywhere except for left out in the cold, feeling like a jerk. You made a comment that was in and of itself, ignorant, and in addition to that, a complete waste of time and space. Sure, it got you some points, but at the same time it made you look as though a rude individual with a self-righteousness complex, a sense of entitlement. More commonly seen amongst today's youth and young adults, sadly and unfortunately. When you whine about things that don't really matter, you are to expect that someone will say something about it, and the fact that you replied to my comment in the manner of which you did, tells me that you were simply vying for attention. This is also commonplace for today's youth and young adults, again sadly and unfortunately. Need I go on? No, I need not, as the point has been made, you have been shown to be that of an attention-seeking rude individual and quite simply, that's the end of it. Your best bet, honestly, would be to apologize for acting childish and vying for unnecessary attention, but I suspect that you won't, because that would go against your apparent policy of childishness. On that final note, I bid you good day.

        • Ned
          December 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

          Points? Did I get some kind of points? There is nothing in your winded reply that applies to my post. I was concise (hope that word is not too big for you) and truthful. That is why it got you so wound up. Hmm. Maybe I was not showing enough respect for paper dolls %-(I).

        • Ronald Smith
          December 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm

          Ned, why are you trollin' so hard? Get over it, nobody cares. You expressed your opinion, it doesn't matter to anyone, get over it. This is my last reply to you as it's 100% clear that all you're doing is trolling for points and attention. I also won't apologize for your lack of comprehension. If you could understand simple English then you'd be able to comprehend how precisely my commentary applied to yours beforehand. Goodbye.

  31. Mac Witty
    December 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Yes, to fill the office fridge with cats and other sweeties - will get some to go crazy. :)

  32. Nikhil Chandak
    December 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Can I win it ??

  33. Tony Karakashian
    December 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Ooo, gotta enter to see if I can win some for my wife. She do love her Instagram!

  34. Anonymous
    December 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    shame that my phone is too bad to use instagram

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      To tell you the truth, so is mine. I have an Instagram account, but I barely have enough free space on my phone for things I really need, let alone Instagram. I share my husband's account. :)

  35. Shahbaz Amin
    December 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Such a cool service if you want some of family pics as magnets..
    Thanks!!

  36. Jesse Manalansan
    December 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Hope I win this one!! :D

    • Din One
      December 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Me too... hope to win this... :)

    • Nicola De Ieso
      December 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Me too. Great giveaway, really

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