DIY Calligraphy Wedding Signs

Posted by on June 17, 2015
DIY Calligraphy Wedding Signs

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 In no time you will have gorgeous wedding signs with hand painted calligraphy.

Creating your own calligraphy wedding signs


Supplies for DIY Calligraphy Sign

How To:

Step 1 – Download and print the free calligraphy printables below on Removable White Matte 8.5” x 11” Labels.

Mr. and Mrs. written in calligraphy                                    Mr. and Mrs. written in calligraphyDIY Welcome sign written in calligraphy                  Cocktails sign written in calligraphy for weddingDIY wedding calligraphy signs








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.

Creating your own calligraphy wedding signs

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.

DIY stencil to create calligraphy on a 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.

Creating a calligraphy stencil for wedding signs

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.

Painting calligraphy on a DIY wedding sign

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.

Creating your own calligraphy wedding sign tutorial

Additional flair:

  • 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.

DIY Calligraphy Wedding Signs

Blank labels used for this project:

OL175WR – Full Sheet, Removable Label

Interested in seeing more designs? Check out our wedding printable collections


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  1. Carol

    Hi Elizabeth,
    Your DIY Wedding Calligraphy signs are beautiful and I can’t wait to try making them! Can you please provide the name of the font so that we can create additional messages for our signs? Thanks so much!

  2. Elizabeth Rishel

    Hi Carol!
    Thank you so much! You will certainly enjoy making them. You can find the font, Octavia Script, I used for the signs here: It is a font you will have to purchase and download if wanting to create other wording. Another option that won’t cost you anything: Brush Script. You can also download fonts for free here: They offer an abundance of calligraphy fonts. I hope this helps!

  3. Jaicee Brewton

    Hi Elizabeth!
    Can you tell me what color stain you used on these? I want to make sure I don’t get a super dark/super light stain. Thanks in advance! This step-by-step is super helpful!

    • Elizabeth Rishel

      Good morning Kensi! Thank you so much and for reading the post! Acrylic paint for sure works on stained boards. It depends on what you’re going to use your boards for and if you’re going to use them often. The paint will stay on without sealing it. It will last longer with it though! I hope this helps!

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