Alphabet Letters in Objects!  Scavenger Hunt Turned into Letter Photo Art

Speaking of spring {because it’s coming soon…hopefully…}

Last spring I was able to visit my uncle’s farm with my family. We lived there when I was younger and a lot of things have changed since I’d been there last. I was impressed to grab my camera and capture the way it was then, before anything else from my childhood memory changed again.

Alphabet Letters in Objects!

Alphabet Letters in Objects

Alphabet Letters in Objects

As I was wandering and reminiscing of old times, I started to notice the beautiful color, texture, pattern, and shapes of the farm elements. I started zooming up on them and found that some of the shapes resembled letters of the alphabet! Just a few days before, I had noticed a piece of art spelling out a word using photos of architecture…then it clicked! I could make my own word art with farm equipment! Not only would it be my own creation, it would be sentimental of my childhood and family’s farm!

I ran {ok, walked quickly} back to grandma’s house, grabbed my sister, a piece of paper and pencil. Together we decided how many we would need of each letter. {We used the Scrabble game for inspiration.} Knowing we needed multiples of the vowels and popular letters…we set out on a Letter Scavenger Hunt.

Alphabet Letters in Objects

We used the “macro” setting on the camera for smaller items for best quality.

One of the most important things we learned was to do it all the same day and in a timely manner. We had a storm roll over us at one point and the lighting of those letters look a lot different than the others. So keep in mind time of day and lighting if you are planning on using the colored versions. If not, change them to black and white and no one will know the difference! 😉

Alphabet Letters in Objects

Alphabet Letters in Objects

Get it? HDS=HowDoesShe

Your letters can be used in dozens of ways! Display your last name or kid’s names in their bedrooms!

Expression words are “fun” too!

Alphabet Letters in Objects

Or holiday words such as “lucky, boo, joy, peace”…the options are ENDLESS!

*Hint, keep in mind the frame you want to use so you take your photos the right way {vertical vs. horizontal}

Now get yourself outside on these early spring days and have a letter scavenger hunt! Challenge your kids to find the letters to their names or favorite words! Make it a family scavenger hunt! {Don’t forget to take pictures of your kids having fun…because that’s where the memories come…from having fun!}

Happy Hunting!

Alphabet Letters in Objects


Alphabet Letters in Objects{Caley}

    1. March 14th, 2011 at 8:55 am
      Alison says:
      So Cute Caley! I loved that you used this to spell out your name at the end. Beautiful pictures too.
    2. March 14th, 2011 at 10:16 am
      Shelley says:
      Love this!
    3. March 14th, 2011 at 11:33 am
      Julie says:
      How fun!
    4. March 14th, 2011 at 11:38 am
      jill says:
      This post made me smile! I will be pulling out my camera this weekend at 'grandmas house' barn, but I think we can find some cool things!
    5. March 14th, 2011 at 11:39 am
      Bonnie says:
      Sweetness! I love the color in the 'o' in Love!
    6. March 14th, 2011 at 11:59 am
      Sharon says:
      I was able to find "pomeroy" out in nature and other objects. It was so fun to do. It gives more meaning when you go for walks.
    7. March 14th, 2011 at 12:01 pm
      alysha says:
      Such a cute idea Caley! Love it, love it, love it!
    8. March 14th, 2011 at 12:18 pm
      Sonia says:
      Love the idea. Hope you don't mind me using it with my kids over Spring Break. So fun.
      • March 14th, 2011 at 1:23 pm
        Caley says:
        Of course not Sonia! That's why I shared it with you! ;) Have fun!
    9. March 14th, 2011 at 2:34 pm
      Heidi says:
      I know someone who does this whenever they go on vacation. They have a goal to find the entire alphabet, but I think they split it up between a few people so it goes faster. Love that idea! I bet the more you do it, the better you get at looking for letters in things.
    10. March 14th, 2011 at 2:53 pm
      pennymck says:
      Great idea! I'm going to do it soon!
    11. March 14th, 2011 at 4:02 pm
      Pat says:
      I love this! I've alwalys loved letters created by architecture, etc. Just never thought of 'me' doing it...duh! You make it look fun!
    12. March 14th, 2011 at 4:14 pm
      Mindy says:
      So clever and creative!
    13. March 14th, 2011 at 4:54 pm
      Missy says:
      I have wanted to do this for FOREVER but just haven't. This might just be the kick in the pants I needed! SO fun!
    14. March 14th, 2011 at 8:04 pm
      Hannah says:
      My computer didn't like this page, and I had to resort to using Google's cached copy? Does anyone know why? Anyone have this happen to them too?
    15. March 14th, 2011 at 8:06 pm
      Hannah says:
      My computer (PC) didn't like this page and I had to resort to using Google's cached copy. Is there an explanation for this?
      But..., awesome post!
    16. March 14th, 2011 at 8:07 pm
      Hannah says:
      Sorry, accidentally posted that twice.
    17. March 14th, 2011 at 9:21 pm
      Monica says:
      This is such a great idea...and beautiful photos too!
    18. March 15th, 2011 at 1:49 pm
      Tara says:
      I live here in Texas and at one of the Trade Day booths they are selling these types of photos mounted and making a killing! Whoever the original "out of the box thinker" was is a very smart and creative person!
    19. March 15th, 2011 at 2:54 pm
      Heather says:
      That is so cool! I have been wanting to do this so badly! I am actually going to a junkyard tomorrow and find letters. I think it is so fun! Thanks for sharing and giving more inspiration!
    20. March 15th, 2011 at 3:27 pm
      Deb says:
      This is so much fun! I snapped the entire alphabet in December and made Christmas gifts with them!! The things you can do are, collage pic, words,etc.... Cheap way to frame: At Menard's purchase wood strips, spray paint, mod podge the photos onto the wood add ribbon to hang and tada you have a wonderful framed plaque!
    21. March 16th, 2011 at 5:38 pm
      misty says:
      hey caley! my sister in law and i absolutely LOVE the "love" pictures! i know this is a project to do ourselves..but would you possibly be willing to sell us a set of your love photo letters?
    22. March 17th, 2011 at 1:06 pm
      Kayla says:
      I've seen these all over the place and I just love them!! Very cute!
    23. March 21st, 2011 at 7:55 am
      laura says:
      You did such a great job with this. I LOVE it. I had the same idea last week but live in a boring neighborhood with little to photograph so I created my own version with signs from outside but yours is the real deal and so very cool!
    24. March 21st, 2011 at 12:44 pm
      amber heagerty says:
      Really wonderful and fun idea...I've actually linked you to my blog post today!
    25. April 1st, 2011 at 11:29 pm
      jessie Roberts says:
      You have some good ideas for letters! im still trying to come up with the whole alphabet. I mainly was focusing on our last name and also got letters around the farm.

      my problem is finding affordable frames that fit long names. They can get quite pricey!! but it is cheaper than buying the thing already made. They sell letters/frames at the BYU-Idaho bookstore (where i originally saw hte idea) and they sold them for $5 a picture!
    26. September 7th, 2012 at 10:30 am
      alennys pacheco says:
      Hi, this website is awesome. I needed to know if there is any way to download the letters out of objects? Thanks in advance.
      • September 7th, 2012 at 4:01 pm
        Caley says:
        Hi, we do not have a download for the letters at this time. Sorry.
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