Have you seen alphabet photography? A few years ago, my mom gave me a cool piece of wall art – it was the word “love” spelled out in photos. Each letter was its own photo, taken from everyday objects – the L was the end of a park bench, the O was the center of a guitar, and so on.
DIY Alphabet Photography Wall Art Tutorial
Take lots of photos of objects, architectural shapes, or nature that look like the letters you need. I took pictures all around the French Quarter in New Orleans, which is full of fantastic architectural details. Fences, gratings, doorways, street signs – you’ll be amazed by what letters you can find in ordinary objects once you start looking.
Make sure you zoom in enough when you take the photo, and shoot from different angles. If you have to crop the photo, you don’t want it to be so small that the quality is poor.
If I were planning to use the “B” in the Bourbon Street sign, I would have zoomed in when taking the original photo. When cropped, it loses some of its clarity. Here’s another example that has many possibilities:
Crop and edit each photo letter until you are satisfied. The letter should be clear to the viewer, so ask a friend who doesn’t know what you are doing to see if she can identify the letter.
Purchase a frame with the correct number of openings – I used one frame with multiple 4×6 openings. Another option is to use individual 4×6 frames for each letter, and hang them on the wall less than two inches apart. I’d recommend a simple black frame with a white mat. If you are doing initials or a small word, you may prefere 5×7 frames or openings.
Print your photos, place them in the frame, and admire your new wall art!
If you make your own alphabet photography wall art, let me know – I’d love to see it!