Set your Instagram stories apart by using Canva's easy drag and drop design tools.

Wow friends and fans alike with a custom-made Instagram Story

Through Instagram Stories, you can share images and videos that last up to 24 hours, perfect for sharing photos of special events, special offers or just a daily update of your thoughts and what’s going on in your life. These go into a separate space so you won’t have to worry about clogging up your feed or upsetting followers by over-posting.

Apart from posting photos and videos, Instagram also allows you to upload images from your device’s library. This means you aren’t limited to posts taken from your camera. Instead, you can get creative and post all sorts of different content. Use Canva’s drag and drop design tools and incredible media library to easily design unique, eye-catching posts to share with friends and followers.

Design amazing Instagram Stories in minutes.

  1. Create a new Canva account to get started with your own Instagram Story posts.
  2. Choose from our library of professionally created templates.
  3. Upload your own photos or choose from over 1 million stock images.
  4. Fix your images, add stunning filters and edit text.
  5. Save and share.

Customize any template into your own unique post.

  1. Change the images. Upload your own images or choose from our stock library of over 1 million photographs, graphics and illustrations.
  2. Change the fonts. Choose from over 130 fresh fonts.
  3. Change the background. Choose a background from our library or use an image.
  4. Change the colors. Change the color of your text boxes and text to add extra flair.

Think about how you want to use Stories

The key point about Stories is that they’re ephemeral. They only last a day and then they’re gone. That makes them ideal for promoting short-term offers, flash sales, or for telling the story of a one-off event. You can’t change the order of story elements – they’re supposed to be displayed in the order they happened. That means you need to think about the order in which you upload images to your Story.

Use the correct aspect ratio every time through Canva templates

To get started with creating your Instagram Story, choose from any of the amazing pre-made layouts created by our team of designers. You won’t need to worry about the right aspect ratio as the templates already come in the correct proportions.

Use images from our media library or upload your own

Using Canva gives you access to an impressive media library containing over a million images and illustrations you can use for your designs. Each image is carefully reviewed and curated so you get only the best ones to choose from. There are plenty of free images in the library while premium images won’t ever be more than $1 for each one time use.

Already have the perfect image to use? Upload it for free and use it on your design. Once uploaded, it stays on your uploads folder, ready to be used for future designs.

Use filters and colors to create a theme

Instagram rock stars have long used filters to achieve consistency and create a beautiful feed. They apply the same principle to their Instagram Stories, making them easily recognizable. To achieve this, take advantage of Canva’s filters to help you create a theme or cohesive look.

Choose from any of the pre-set filters like Epic, Drama or Cali to your photos then use and stick to just that filter. You can also play around with photo effects like vignette, blur, and x-process. You can even experiment with more settings like adjusting contrast, brightness, and tint.


Is Canva available for mobile devices?

Yes! Download our iPhone and iPad apps from the App Store or our Android app from Google Play to design from the office, home or on the go! Otherwise, head to to create designs on the web without downloading or installing anything.

There are watermarks on my Instagram Story design; how can I remove them?

Watermarks are used to brand or to protect paid images that are owned by the photographer. After creating your design in Canva, simply click the Download button and choose to export your design as an image or PDF.

As this point you will be prompted to pay for any images within your design. Once you do, your image or PDF will download straight to your computer without the watermarks.

How can I add branding to my design?

If you’re handling social media for a business or organization, it’s important to ensure that all your posts are on-brand and easily recognizable.

You can achieve this by uploading your logo, using your brand color palette and being consistent with fonts. To upload your logo, click on the Uploads tab in your object panel, select the Uploads folder, and click on the green Upload your own images button. Select any PNG, JPEG or SVG file you wish to upload from your computer.

Uploaded images are automatically saved inside your Uploads folder, ready to be used in other designs.