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How to Make an Instagrammable Moving Announcement

Being an active duty military family, we are no strangers to moving announcements. It seems I see a friend or acquaintance post on Facebook or Instagram that they have new orders at least once a month.

My favorite announcements are those cutesy, Instagram-my ones! And when we received new orders, I couldn’t wait to make one of my own!

How I made a moving announcement for Instagram.
(The Harrisons are headed to Fort Hood, Texas in October 2020!)

Here’s how I made a totally Instagrammable moving announcement!

Get a Box…or Two!

The first step to making your Instagrammable moving announcement is to gather your supplies. You will need:

  • boxes (usually 2 or 3)
  • craft paper
  • scissors
  • tape
  • marker
  • camera
  • cute kids or pets or yourself!
Boxes used for our Instagrammable moving announcement.
(I bought these boxes at Wal-Mart.)

Wrap Your Boxes

After you have all of your supplies together, it’s time to wrap the boxes.

This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but it’s almost impossible to find plain brown boxes. And I didn’t want mine to be printed because I wanted to draw states on them.

You pretty much wrap them just like you would a Christmas present, except that the top of the box is open. So, that can get a little tricky.

  1. Wrap the sides and bottom of the box just like you would a regular gift.
  2. Cut slits in the paper at the top corners of the box. Cut from the outer edge of the paper, down to the cardboard.
  3. Fold the paper into the top of the box and tape it down to the flaps of the box.

Get Your State Silhouettes

I wanted our Instagrammable moving announcement to have the state we were leaving and the state we were moving to. So, I Googled state silhouettes and traced them on to paper. (You can see the complicated process below, lol.)

You can also print out the silhouette, which is probably wayyy easier, but my printer is a pain.

After you have your silhouette ready, cut it out.

Search #movingannouncement on Instagram for more designs and ideas!

Trace the States Onto Your Boxes

Next, trace the states onto your boxes and color them in.

This step is a little time-consuming, but it’s pretty easy. And it goes by pretty fast if you’re watching a good tv show.

Once you have the states drawn on, make a loopy, dotted line between them. Finally, you’re done!

Then add some cute kids and a message light box and your announcement is ready for The Gram.

How to make an Instagrammable moving announcement.

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