How To Create Instagram Highlight Covers Quickly and Easily

Are you wanting to have your own beautiful and functional Instagram highlight covers for your stories like you have probably seen on tons of profiles?
I’ve found a super easy and quick way to do it and I’m so excited to share it with you! The method I am going to show you is also free (unless you choose paid options, really not needed though. I have never paid!), so no investment is needed!
Speaking of free stuff, this post also contains a link to my free Instagram highlight covers templates I have premade for your use! They are located near the end of this post. (:
(Feel free to skip to the end if that is what you are looking for!)

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click the link and/or make a purchase, I receive a commission. Don’t worry, this is at no extra cost to you. (: Thanks for your support! 

Before looking into how to make them, let’s talk more information about them.

Instagram story highlights are basically groups or collections of stories of your choosing that stay in your bio. This allows visitors to continue looking at them for as long as you keep them there.
They can be just fun and lighthearted, maybe including funny moments from your stories, or they can be extremely beneficial and useful such as for helping keep coupon/affiliate codes or an FAQ of what your followers ask a lot.


What should you make as your highlights?

Your highlights can be whatever you want. I do recommend keeping it relevant though!
Here are some examples of commonly used highlights:

-Pinterest URL
-Twitter URL
-Our Team
-General Life

These are some great ideas to get started, but you really can make them anything you want!

They will look best if they go along nicely with your current theme. Instagram is super visual, so that can make all the difference.


Instagram is one great place to promote your blog for free, but there are others! Check out my post 12 Ways To Promote Your Blog For Free for more info! 


So, let’s get started!

How To Create Instagram Highlight Covers Quickly And Easily

The app I use to create my story highlights is Canva.
It does have an app, and you can also use it on your computer in your browser as well.
For story highlights though, I use it in app form. (:

Side note: While many of the amazing graphics/features are free to use, some do require payment. However, I have only used free features so far and I love my creations!

1. Tap on “Your Story” to get an Instagram stories template up and ready to edit.
There are pre-made templates there, but none of them are really for highlight covers. I recommend just starting with a blank canvas.

2. Choose your background
You can choose a color, image, or just leave it blank (like I did since my theme is very bright and white).

3. Add a little graphic that goes with the board name/topic
There are plenty of free graphics that would go great for highlight covers! In this tutorial, I chose a lips graphic that would go well on a beauty highlight.
Tap Graphics for premade ones, or tap Logos to use your own custom graphics.


4. Align it, save it, and you’re done!
Just make sure the graphic(s) are centered nicely so they appear correctly on your highlights. Then tap the “Share” button to save it and upload to your stories!


I hope this tutorial has helped you and given some inspiration!

Now on to the freebies!
Please feel free to use these creations for your Instagram Highlights.
Also, please feel free to follow me on Instagram for inspiration and blog post notifications! (:


I would also be so grateful if you would follow me on Pinterest for more content like this (I’m accepting contributors on my group board!) and share this post to Pinterest as well!

Do you use Instagram Stories/Highlights? What do you think of these Instagram highlight covers designs?
Let me know in the comments below. (:

♡ Ashley

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