Who else has a wedding or shower every weekend this summer? All of our hands are up, am I right? Today I’m bringing you an easy hack to make your own faux hand lettered song lyric art. It’s the perfect customized gift for a wedding or a wedding shower- just pop the happy couples’ ‘song’ in there and you’re set to go!
We’re all about the hand lettering around here. Modern calligraphy? Swoon. Every. Time. But we get that it’s not always an option for every gift. So we wanted to introduce you to the world of hand lettered fonts. Seriously, you guys! There are SO many wonderful ones out there and we may just have a font collector around here that has almost ALL of them. So today we’re going to show you how easy it is to make your own custom art, plus give you a few suggestions on places to snag the fonts we love.
We used the lyrics from Ben Harper’s ‘Forever’, which one of our close friends walked down the aisle to. The first thing you’ll need to do is type out the lyrics into a word document. If you’d like a closer look at these screen caps, just click on it to enlarge. We used a mac program, but the same settings are available using Microsoft Word.
Next, pick your hand lettered font. This is the fun part! There are SO many to choose from. You can browse some free ones at DaFont or you can find the one we used here (Manhattan Darling) and more paid options at Creative Market (our favourite). If you sign up for their email, every Monday you’ll get a batch of free goods from them and there’s usually a beautiful font in there! If you’re thinking you want to buy a ton of fonts (we don’t blame you, they’re addicting), you can get bundles from Creative Market and also from Design Cuts. Just so you feel comfortable- we’ve used fonts from all three with success. No funny business. Each computer system is different, so if you’ve never installed a font, just google it- I promise it’s simple.
Okay, so now you’ve picked your font, size it up up up. Then take your page margins way down down down. We chose to justify the text (aligned both left and right) and take the line spacing way down (only .8 of a line). Depending which font and lyrics you choose will mean you play around with sizes and spacing.
That’s… it. Seriously! Print it out, frame it up, and you’re good to go. I love how quickly you can whip up a personalized gift. Tell me, would you display this?
Is anyone here a last minute person? You have good intentions to do things early… but it always seems to be the last minute? I know, I’m one too most of the time. So in the spirit of the last minute, I thought today we’d whip up some watercolour valentines day cards for you… and since all you need to do is download and print- you won’t even need to run out to the store to grab them. But you might need to call ahead and make reservations for your date, we can’t do that for you.
We’ve made four versions for you to choose from, download the PDF and print the page of your choosing. Could it get any easier?
The four versions available are: BE MINE VALENTINE / XO XO XO / YOU ARE MINE / I LOVE YOU
Today I’m so excited to be sharing these lovely watercolour feather engagement and wedding cards with you all! If you’re anything like me, you have a ton of weddings and showers to attend this summer. These cards should get you out of one or two last minute jams and look so pretty printed up for a bride and groom. When my friend Colleen shared her free feather templates on Friday I couldn’t help snatch them up for these cards. The watercolour detail is one of my favourite ways to pretty up any design lately, and brush script? It’s all good, you guys!
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Happy Easter! We hope you enjoyed a weekend with family and friends. Today we’re bringing you a super simple DIY that is the perfect companion for your (or your bestie’s) wedding! I’m sure you’ve spotted customized hangers before… you know, those ones with the wire twisted to spell a name? If That’s not your style- or if you’d like a DIY alternative, we’ve got you covered!
These woodburned name hangers would make a perfect gift for a bride to be… or for all the bridesmaids. Better yet, they’ll look fabulous in photos of you all getting ready- and the boys will be able to tell who’s suit is who’s. They’re pretty simple to DIY, ready for the instructions?
You’ll need to get your hands on some wooden hangers. These are available at most house ware stores- from Ikea, to Walmart, to the Dollar Store. These wood hangers have a glossy coat to protect the wood from damage (like a woodburner!). The first thing you’ll need to do is sand that off. I tested a few hangers with different levels of sanding so I can vouch for how important this step is! Not only will the final product look SO much better, it will be 100x (no exaggeration) easier to draw a smooth line once sanded. I used 120 grit sand paper.
When your hanger is prepared, give it a wipe with a damp cloth to get rid of any sawdust. Heat up your woodburner to your full temperature. Woodburners are actually quite easy to use- and affordable. The one I used is from Walmart and was $13. Many different tips come with a standard woodburner- I tried out the calligraphy tip and the rounded tip for this one. The only one I would suggest you avoid completely is the chisel tip- it digs into the soft wood too easily. The calligraphy tip is great to do skinny lines, but the rounded tip is much easier for beginners to handle. I would start there. In the final photos, Bride is written with the calligraphy tip and Lauren is written with the rounded tip. To use a woodburner, you essentially turn it on and once it’s up to full heat use it as a pen. But it’s a hot pen- so watch where you’re touching! Another tip is to go slow! You will get a more even burn if you drag the pen along slowly as opposed to fast with lots of stops. Don’t press too hard or you’ll burn indents into your wood.
When you’re all done your burning, go ahead and add a couple clear coats to seal it. This will make sure your gorgeous dress doesn’t get any nasty pulls from the raw wood. I used a clear coat with a satin finish.
So, what do you think? Not as hard as it looks! Would you give a woodburner a shot? I’d love to hear in the comments!
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