Since the launch of Instagram, users have shared everything from outfit of the day posts to celebratory moments like graduation. Now, you can celebrate friends with a birthday Instagram story.

Like handmade cards, a birthday Instagram story can be customized with designs and text to express how much someone means to you. Post a throwback photo of a childhood friend for laughs, or a photo of your favorite memory together.

Find images of your friend's hobbies and interests to show off their personality, then make a collage. You can add colorful text with a thoughtful message, and a song to complete the birthday Instagram story. Below are three examples to help you brainstorm designs.

1 Birthday Story / 2 Birthday Story / 3 Birthday Story

If you're in need of additional design ideas for a birthday shout out, I've got you covered! In this post, I'm sharing three creative birthday Instagram story ideas to help you send well wishes to a dear friend.      

Birthday Notification

Whenever my message notification dings, I rush to my phone and likely respond with too many emojis and exclamation points. This simple feature feels like an exciting surprise. Make a birthday notification story to notify your friend and your followers to share the celebration!

Open Instagram story and find a photo with room at the top or bottom so the notification box doesn't cover the subject. To make the box, click the text tool, choose the First Font, then type a period. Add a Text Background and hit Space a few times to create the length of the box.

In this example, I made the background white, but you can use different color. A few ideas would be their favorite color, a bold accent color, or use the color picker tool for a complementary box. Stretch the box and place it where you prefer. Save the photo to your gallery, then open the image in stories.

Click the brush tool and make it the same color as the box, then color the period. Adjust the slider on the right if you need to change the brush size. Click the text tool and repeatedly type underscore to make a line. Scroll through each font to see how the line appears and select what you prefer. You can use the color picker tool to make the line match the photo or choose from the palette. I chose light grey to make the notification box look realistic.

Place the line at the lower third of the box and type the Reminder title. I added my message to the center and emojis under the line. Instead of emojis, you can add their birthdate, text, gifs, or tag the username.


Birthday Reveal

Have the marker tool handy because this birthday reveal story brings out the inner artist. Use a photo from your gallery or Instagram feed then click the marker. Select a color and hold the photo to fill the background. Use the eraser brush to reveal your subject. A stylus is handy if you want to draw shapes or make an intricate design. You can make a heart, star, circle, or something abstract.

All that's left are the details! In this example, I used the highlighter brush and put dots around the circle to illuminate the subject. Next, I typed Boho White in the search bar to add white flowers, then White Simple to find an arrow and stars. For birthday related gifs, I typed Birthday Girl. Below are a few terms to search for gifs that will spruce up your Instagram story.

  • lidiaontheroad
  • mikyka
  • washitape
  • sahexplica minimal
  • kasantoro

Birthday Collage

A birthday collage is a great way to share memorable moments with your bestie. In this example, I'm using Kapwing to make my collage. Kapwing is a free video and photo editor you can access right in your browser. All you have to do is find the right template and click Replace to upload photos.

Click the background and choose a color from the palette to change the color. I recommend using Coolors to browse color schemes and hex codes. A helpful way to come up with designs ideas is to imagine your friend's favorite hobbies, movies, colors, and GIFs. Take a look at their Pinterest profile to see what they're saving.

Click Images, then Image Search to find photos and GIFS, or upload your own content. If you're uploading gifs or videos, remember that one Instagram story can be up to 15 seconds. When you're finished, click Export and Download to share.  

I hope this article helped you come up with birthday Instagram story ideas your friends will cherish and screenshot! For more content, subscribe to Kapwing App on YouTube and follow us on Twitter at @KapwingApp. Make sure to tag us on social media so we can see what you make!

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