DIY framed silhouette words

The word hope spelled out in picture frames, photo

My friend Julie inspired this idea. She framed some fall leaves in a large clear acrylic frame. I loved its simplicity. These Coach picture frames that I received as a gift years ago were perfect for spelling out a word.

I had five frames, but I was set on spelling hope, so I added a dove to the fifth frame. I know, doves are the universal symbol for peace, but to me a dove with an olive branch — from the story of Noah’s Ark — symbolizes hope.

You could also frame other obvious words such as peace, faith (see below), and love — or your name or the initials of the members of your family.

The word faith spelled out in picture frames, photo

This version was inspired by Kathy’s lovely framed “K” at Creative Home Expressions. My framed “hope” was fun while it lasted, but I needed a change, so here’s to “faith.”

Adding the red-and-white striped scrapbook paper in the background gave it a whole new look. If you want to make your own, download the letters below. One guess what my next word will be.

How to make framed silhouette words

Stencils, paper, and photo frames, photo

1. Use a computer graphics program to spell out and print the word you’ve chosen. Change your text to outlines to save printer ink. (The font I used was 430 pt Minion Pro Semibold.) Or print the stencils I made (download them above).

Cutting out the letters, photo

2. Place your stencil on top of a sheet of black paper and cut both sheets around the stencil. Discard the stencil when done.

The word hope spelled out in picture frames, photo

3. Insert each letter into a frame. That was easy.

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