8.17.2010

DIY - Family Established Wall Art Tutorial

Last week as I was blog hopping I happened across a great idea and instructions on making a piece of art of when our family was established.  We're re-doing our dining room and knew that I had to have this up on the wall.  That night after the kids were in bed I sat down and whipped this up in no time at all.  Yesterday, I printed it out from our home printer, spray painted a frame and 10pm last night was hanging it up on the wall.  I'm basically in loooooooove!

Amy from My 3 Monsters guest posted the instructions for this project over at Stephanie's blog Under the Table and Dreaming, here. Amy did all the hard work by finding Leo Reynold's Photostream, here. He has hundreds upon hundreds typography, he lets the public use his images with a couple restrictions, listed here.  To search for the letter I was looking for I would just type in "E" in the search box for his photostream and it would pop up all of the E's.  A more common letter like "I" and "A" I would add Letter before it to get more results.

I opted to chose the Small size (240 x 240) on to my desktop.  Then after I had a couple letters I'd arrange them how I wanted on the desktop to see how they all worked together before copying into my photo program.  After I had the letters and numbers I wanted I uploaded them into Picasa.  Selected all of the images and hit the collage button, I chose the Grid option, which makes the pictures equal size in rows and columns and selected the size I wanted to print it on, for my project that was an 8x10.

Here's my finished project hanging up in my dining room: {the Hubs & me love it SO MUCH!}


Thank you Amy for the great inspiration and idea! I'm linking to these parties


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20 comments:

Melissa said...

That's is so cool. What a wonderful job! I love the colors and the frame, too. AND custom. Sweet!

Terrell said...

This is super cute and creative!! Great job!! I'm happy to be your newest follower and I'd love to have you stop by Frou Frou Decor..I love new friends. I'd also like to invite you to link up to my weekly Fabulous Friday Finds party each Friday!! Hope to see you there!
Hugs,
~Terrell @ FFD~

Vic said...

that is so fab:) couldn't have pictured a better piece of art

Kim -today's creative blog said...

that's gorgeous!

★All Thingz Related★ said...

That is so neat! Thanks so much for sharing your project with us at Anything Related!
{Rebekah}

Laura said...

This is such a great idea, I love it. I started mine and have been playing around all night trying to figure out which letters Im going to use. There are endless combinations!! It might be a few days before I can print it out- Im out of ink!! Thanks again!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

I saw this months ago and loved it but forgot to save the idea!
Thanks so much for sharing! I'd really like to do this project!
Your's turned out GREAT!

Chelsea said...

Thanks so much for the great idea! I was going to do a project similar to this for a wedding gift for this weekend, but using photos I've taken of objects that just look like letters. But honestly, I like Leo Reynold's photos better, hah! Thanks so much!

~Chelsea

Lisa said...

This is so cute! I've seen a lot of these done, but never this version! Love it!

Room to Inspire said...

What a great project idea - I love the completed look. And this would be so fun to find all of the letters/numbers! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired this week!

Chelsea

Erin said...

So awesome! Thanks for sharing the idea and info.

Taffy said...

I had to make one of these right away. I love it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Hattie said...

cuuuuute! It turned out really well. You seriously have a great home printer to get such good quality!

Betsy said...

Such a cute idea! Just wish I could figure out how to do the collage/grid step in Picasa! That is the only part where I'm stuck! Boo!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

So cool - I can totally imagine my kiddos digging this!

Lisa said...

I LOVE THIS! Thank you for sharing - I have been looking for a cool piece of art and this is perfect! Love how yours turned out.

cornflakegirl74 said...

What a neat and fun project! That would make a great gift. Thanks so much for sharing :)

Jaclyn said...

Oh my gosh soooo cute. What a great easy affordable wedding gift. And Picasa makes it such a cinch!

Rebecca@This Present Life said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I featured it on my blog :)

http://happybabydesigns.blogspot.com/2010/09/randomness.html

Anonymous said...

I just had to make one of these, I have been choosing letters for a few days, and finally completed mine last night. I can not wait to print it and frame it. thank you so much for a wonderfully creative idea. I love that everyone that makes one of these will still be a unique piece of art.