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?