I’ve always found holiday gift giving to be simultaneously one of the most rewarding yet stressful times of year. I just adore the thought of giving my loved ones heartfelt, personal gifts that they’ll truly cherish…but I’m torn because like most twenty-somethings, I can’t afford to buy each family member something elaborate and unique. Being the resourceful, creative person that I am, I decided years ago to make as many of my gifts as I can!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved playing around with lettering and creative word art. Somewhere along the road, my bubble letters and glitter gel pens turned into a real hobby of calligraphy, word art, and lettering for weddings and special events. Lettering is such a fun and easy way to spice up your homemade or store-bought gifts. You can add lettering to your package as a design in itself, gift a hand-lettered canvas, or simply address your cards and packages in a fun way.
Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, “But how do I do this if I don’t have good handwriting?!”
If you’re blessed to be able to free hand cute letters, go for it! The personality is in the imperfection, so don’t worry if it’s not picture perfect. If you’re worried your cute holiday card will look like a 5th grader wrote it, I have a couple of tips for you!
Using tracing paper is a great way to make your letters look like a professional did it. By first tracing lightly with a pencil and going back over it with a marker or pen, you can ensure you’re getting exactly what you want.
I am also a fan of downloading fonts I like, then practicing writing out letters on scrap paper to make get the letters just right. I’ve watched many videos of professional lettering, and just try to copy it myself but if it’s too hard to get the font right, you can print something in the font you like, layer over it with a thinner paper, and trace it as well.
Finally, don’t feel like you need to address something in really fancy letters. Stick letters are just as cute and whimsical, and much easier to replicate! You can even add to your everyday handwriting with boxes, shapes, and small designs to cater to the holidays.
Happy lettering, and Happy Holidays!