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DIY alphabet photo backdrop for kids

Colourful and a breeze to make, this alphabet letter wall is fit for a photoshoot with your little ones.

Planning a mini photoshoot for your little one's birthday, or simply just because? This DIY alphabet photo backdrop is a breeze to make — and totally Instagramable to boot. By combining a mix of wooden and 3D paper mache letters, you'll be able to create a photo wall that's bright, distinct and may just help your kiddos practice (or learn!) their ABCs. Plus, you can customize the colours and patterns to fit your little munchkin's favs, or even the theme of your party. Follow our step-by-step guide to get started right now.

Colourful and a breeze to make, this alphabet letter wall is fit for a photoshoot with your little ones. 1:03

Here's what you'll need:

  • Cardboard (lots of it)
  • Scissors
  • Xacto knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • White glue
  • Water
  • Large bowl
  • Paint (various colours)
  • Large and small paint brushes
  • Wooden letters

Here's how to do it:

3D letters

  1. Take your cardboard and draw out your desired letter, making sure each symmetrical side is even in length.
  2. With your xacto knife begin cutting out your letter. Note: For straight lines us your ruler as an edge for your xacto knife.
  3. Once your letter is cut out, retrace it and repeat step 2.
  4. Begin cutting strips of cardboard for your edges. Ours were about 2 inches thick.
  5. Taking the strips, tape together the top and bottom piece of your letter. There are TWO options for this. You can either cut individual pieces for each side of your letter OR you can use long strips and when faced with an edge just made a crease in your cardboard so it bends easily.
  6. Once your letter is made 3D it is time to make your paper mache paste.
  7. In a large bowl combine ¾ cup glue with ¼ cup water and stir generously.
  8. Tear large, thick, skinny and small strips of newspaper to cover your letter. Dip each piece of newspaper in your paste and completely cover your letter.
  9. Let sit to dry for 2-4 hours until it has hardened.
  10. Now that you have a canvas to paint on it's time to design your 3D letters to your liking!
  11. Once all paint has dried (24 hours) you can either hot glue or tape it to your backdrop to create the photobooth! Note: if you are reusing the backdrop use tape. If it is a one time thing use hot glue!

Wooden letters

  1. Lay down either newspaper or plastic wrap on the floor or your working space.
  2. Spread out your wooden letters about 2-3 inches apart from each other.
  3. Using your paint and brushes create whatever sort of designs you wish to have! For this project we painted the wooden letters solid colours and saved the 3D letters for our patterned designs.
  4. Once complete let dry for 24 hours and repeat step 11 above!