Custom Alphabet Photos Wall Art Tutorial

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.

Alphabet photography wall art is readily available online, but it is easy to make your own for free. And then you are totally in control of the images you use.

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.
This architectural detail was on the top of a gated entry - no imagination needed here!

This architectural detail was on the top of a gated entry – no imagination needed here!

Look for the "E" in this photo of an iron door frame.

Look for the “E” in this photo of an iron door gate.

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.

The most well known street name in the French Quarter...

The most well known street name in the French Quarter…

...cropped and ready to use as a "B" in your alphabet photography wall art.

…cropped to use as a “B” in your alphabet photography wall art.

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:

Here is a wrought iron fence that has a few possibilities...

A wrought iron balcony railing can be many different letters.

Crop at the top for the letter "m"...

Crop at the top for the letter “m”…

Or flip it upside down for the letter "w."

Or flip it upside down for the letter “w.”

I could have flipped the photo on its side for a “C” or an “E,” or cropped it even further for an “n” or a “V.”

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!

I blurred out my last name, but you get the idea!

I blurred out my last name, but you get the idea!

Not only does my wall art look great in my entryway, but I love that I took the pictures myself in a place that I loved visiting.  My photos spell our last name, but you could make wall art with your children’s name, a meaningful word (family, faith, welcome, laughter) or initials.

If you make your own alphabet photography wall art, let me know – I’d love to see it!
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Comments

  1. Kera says

    I love this DIY tutorial! I’ve always loved alphabet photography so maybe now I can try it out myself. Thanks so much for following, looking forward to reading more of your blog :)

  2. Amy Mayen says

    Thanks for stopping by SewsNBows! I’ve never seen anything like this before-Ill be looking at things in a different way tomorrow! How creative. I’m going to browse around your site some more!

  3. Lisa H. says

    My son and I saw these at a craft show and he loved them. I told him we could do it ourselves, but never got around to it. Your post has inspired me to do this on our trip to Ireland. It will be a nice reminder of our trip!

    • Dana says

      Lisa – that would be an amazing thing to do! I would love to see what you create, so please share when it’s done! Glad my post inspired you :)