Wedding season is here and being a do-it-yourself bride is a chic way to plan your big day. Handwritten calligraphy is an old-fashioned art form that is making a comeback with a modern twist. It is an elegant and swoon-worthy special touch to add to your wedding decor.
You may not have the time to take a calligraphy course or even know where to begin. Here is a DIY tutorial using labels from OnlineLabels.com. In no time you will have gorgeous wedding signs with hand painted calligraphy.
- Stained wooden sign
- Acrylic white paint
- X-Acto knife
- Removable White Matte 8.5” x 11” Labels
- Polycrylic in satin
- Free printables (listed below)
Step 1 – Download and print the free calligraphy printables below on Removable White Matte 8.5” x 11” Labels.
Step 2 – Using the X-Acto knife very carefully trace around all edges of the font. You may also want to place a cutting board underneath your label to avoid creating cut marks on the surface where you are cutting. Take your time with this step in order to get smooth, clean cuts.
Step 3 – Slowly peel off the calligraphy font that you traced with the X-Acto knife. Once all of the letters are peeled off, you will be left with a calligraphy stencil for your wooden sign.
Step 4 – Peel the backing off your newly created stencil and firmly press the label onto your wooden sign. You can find wooden signs at local craft stores or create one yourself.
Continue to press the edges of the stencil to avoid lifted edges or air pockets. Paint will leak under the label if not pressed down firmly.
Step 5 – Brush the white paint over the stencil slowly. I used Martha Stewart Craft paint in the color of Wedding Cake. Make sure to paint away from and not towards the edges to reduce the paint bleeding through the stencil. Depending on how much paint you use, you may need two coats.
Step 6 – Before the paint dries slowly peel the label off the wooden sign. This will prevent the paint from sticking to the label as you remove it.
Step 7 – Once the label has been removed, you may need to use a smaller paintbrush to do any touch ups along the painted edges.
Step 8 – After at least one hour of drying time, apply the polycrylic in satin to seal and protect the calligraphy design. Make sure to apply the polycrylic in the same direction and go with the grain.
- Use additional colors to paint a floral design or leave it beautifully simple with just the calligraphy.
- Attach ribbon to the back of the signs to easily hang them.
- Attach a wooden stake you can find at a home improvement store to the back of each sign to make them versatile within your wedding venue.
You can now create beautiful and timeless wedding signs in the calligraphy handwriting you have always dreamed of! These signs can also be created to be used for an engagement party, showers, or any other fun occasion. Create your own wording using Online Labels’ Maestro Label Designer.
Blank labels used for this project:
OL175WR – Full Sheet, Removable Label