Have you seen the circle icons underneath your Instagram bio and wondered how you can customize them and make them gorgeous? It’s easier than you think and with a few quick steps I’ll teach you how you can highlight your Insta Story categories with clear calls to action.

Before we begin you’ll want to create a FREE account at canva.com then download the Canva app on your phone. Canva is an awesome design tool that can be used on your phone or computer. Personally, I used my computer for designing on Canva for everything except graps for my Insta Story. That’s because at this time, the only place you can access a quick template with the perfect dimensions for Insta Story is from the mobile app. So, for the purpose of this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to make the cover art for your Insta Story Highlights from the app.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get started.

Step 1: Open Canva & select “Your Story”

  • Open the Canva app and select “Your Story” which will automatically load templates
  • Start with a blank template which is the first one on the list


Step 2: Pick your background color 

  • To change the background color click on the “+” button on the bottom right-hand side of your screen
  • If you specific branding colors you can enter the hex code in the blank box (it’s a # followed by a series of numbers



Step 3: Add text or icons to make it your own 

  • Tap on the “+” button on the bottom right-hand side of your screen
  • Select Graphics or Text
  • Scroll and select what you’d like to use (for icons)
  • Tap image/text to add to your background (you can even change the color of it)



Step 4: Add pages to design multiple covers 

  • You can design multiple highlight cover photos at one time in the same document
  • Tap the “+” button on the bottom righthand corner of your screen
  • Select pages 


Step 5: Save the images to your mobile device

  • Tap “Share” in the top right hand corner of the screen
  • Tap “Quick Look” (iPhone) or “Upload to Photos” (Android)
  • Press the export icon (bottom left corner)
  • Tap “Preview Content”
  • Tapt “Save image” on bottom left and it will save to your camera roll


Step 6: Turn on Insta Story Archive

Before sharing your highlight cover photos on Instagram, make sure you turn on the “Archive” feature.

  • Go into your Instagram settings
  • Tap “Story Settings”
  • Toggle on “Save to archive”



Step 7: Post image(s) you just made on Insta Story 

  • Share your covers in your Insta Story


Step 8: Create an Insta Story Highlight from image(s)

  • Tap the “Highlight” button
  • Either add the photo to an existing highlight OR create a new one by tapping the “+” button


Step 9: Edit the cover art 

  • To edit a cover photo press on the Highlight or circle you’re wanting to change
  • Tap “Edit Highlight”
  • Tap “Edit Cover”


Step 10: All finished 


I hope you found this helpful! If you did and would like to see more tutorials like this please let me know 🙂

All my best,

Carrie Robaina