How To: No Skills, No Frills Alphabet

How To: No Skills, No Frills Alphabet

Carrie McBride
Jun 3, 2009

We were watching Sesame Street the other day when we noticed a simple, black, framed alphabet hanging on the wall in a skit. It wasn't fancy or designed in the least, but we kind of liked it. So we decided to see what we could do using only Word, a black and white printer and 15 minutes. Our typewriter themed alphabet is above - click through to see two more.

There are so many beautiful alphabet prints and posters available, but maybe you don't have one in the budget right now or perhaps your baby arrived early and you'd like to get something up on the wall today even as a stand-in until you pick something prettier.

It almost seems silly to write out instructions for this, but here we go:

  1. Open Word and type out the alphabet. (We used all caps, but try lowercase or a combination i.e. "Aa")
  2. Choose a font that appeals to you. If you only have the basics, there are lots of places to download free fonts. Our favorite is
  3. Fiddle with the margins, font size and justification until you get the rows spaced how you like them. (You're never going to get them laid out perfectly using Word so this is not a project for perfectionists.)
  4. Optional: add a simple image like our typewriter from your clip art or from the web.
  5. Print (if you have a color printer and aren't out of ink like we were, all the better)
  6. Slap into a frame and hang.
  7. Voila! (or, as our friend says, Viola!)

In case you're curious, the fonts we used (top to bottom) are: American Typewriter, Rosewood and Aubrey. If you make your own, we'd love to see - upload it to Flickr and tag it with "Ohdeedoh."

(Dimly lit photos by Carrie McBride)

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