How to Make Instagram Highlight Covers with Custom, Free Icons Using Canva

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Instagram has become one of the most popular social media apps used today. Businesses of all kinds are using Instagram to market their business and share cool stories about them through photos and videos. From local Mom and Pop shops, to some of the biggest brands we’ve all come to know and love, Instagram provides a different level of connection than other social media platforms, which is exactly why we’re going to talk about how to use Instagram highlights for your business’s Instagram profile.

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to make Instagram story highlight covers with custom graphics, for free, using a neat graphic design tool called Canva in eight easy steps.

As a business owner, you wear a lot of hats and one of those is marketer. If your business is on Instagram, there’s really no reason you shouldn’t be utilizing Instagram highlight covers. It adds an extra appeal for curious Instagrammers wanting to know more about you by directing them to things they may want to know more about your business, allows you to share reviews, specials and a ton more.

Before we get into it, make sure you download the Canva app on your phone and create a free account if you haven’t already. This will make following along a lot easier.

First things, first. You need to create a new design.

Step 1: Create a New Instagram Story Highlight Design

Assuming you have the app downloaded on your phone and account created, the first thing you’ll want to do is to create a new design by selecting “Instagram Story.”

Instagram Story

Step 2: Add a Background and Icon/Text

You’ll start with a blank canvas, so the next thing you’ll need to do is select a background color and image or text to make your highlight.

Click the plus button in the lower right-hand corner.

adding element on Instagram

Then select the first box below labeled “text.”

add text to instagram highlight cover

When you select text, you’ll need to choose a font. This is where you should use the font that your brand uses, or something close to it.

Note: if you wanted to use an icon instead of text in this step, select “graphic” instead of text in the step above.