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Family Memory Card Game

Photograph by Elba Valverde

Instagram is a great platform to save your favorite pictures and make them look fabulous thanks to fancy filters. I've been using Instagram for a few years and I've collected a huge amount of special moments with family and friends in photos I've posted there. I love going back to the app and scrolling down to see all those incredible pictures, especially the ones with my family.

My parents live in Tabasco, Mexico, and my siblings and grandparents are in Mexico City. We don't see each other very often — maybe once or twice a year — so every time we get together, we love taking pictures to remember those cherished moments.

I have a few of those pictures on Instagram, but looking through the app is not the same as being able to look at those pictures on paper. So I decided to print a few of my favorites and suddenly I had this great idea of making a memory card game with them so I can play it with my son.

This is a great family-friendly DIY project. The kids can help you cut and glue the pictures and you will have the opportunity to tell them a few funny memories about their abuelitos, tias and primos each time they match the photos.

And if you get tired of the game, or you lose a piece, you can also put them on your refrigerator so you can always be reminded of those special moments with your family.

I decided to cut the construction paper in rectangles, to make the memory cards look like old polaroid pictures. You can do that, or just cut squares like in my tutorial for making a bilingual memory card game.

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Photograph by Elba Valverde

DIY: Family Photo Memory Game


  • Construction paper or colorful, thick cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Instagram photos of your loved ones


  1. Print your favorite Instagram pictures on normal printing paper. Remember that you need two of each one to make a pair for the game. My pictures are 2 inches x 2 inches.
  2. Cut construction paper or cardboard in rectangles, 2.5 inches x 3 inches.
  3. Glue the Instagram pictures onto the construction paper. Leave more space at the bottom to make them look like old polaroid pictures.
  4. Let the glue dry and then your family memory card game is ready to play!

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