Make a DIY hand lettered sign even if you aren’t a hand letterer. You don’t even have to have a craft cutting machine to make a sign like this.
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For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved hand writing. While I was in school, my notebook margins were filled with different ways to write my name, or the school subject, or whatever was going on in my head at the time. As I got older and started making printables for Liz on Call, I started downloading a lot of fonts onto my computer to use in creating printables. I started out downloading free fonts. I didn’t realize at the time, but now know, that fonts have licenses on how they can be used. Especially when it comes to selling items where the font has been used to create the design.
I began practicing hand lettering a few years ago in order to use my hand lettered designs on projects I share on my blog. Hand lettering is not for everyone, and luckily there are so many amazing fonts out there that can bring a hand lettered look to a project. FontBundles.Net is a great place to purchase fonts at an amazing price! Right now they have the Fantastic Fonts Bundle II for under $20! You get over 40 fonts from 20 font families. I love purchasing font families because the fonts usually pair really well together when creating a project. And although I love using my own hand lettering on many of my projects, it’s nice to have so many other options to use when I’m creating projects to share with others.
Fonts for Selling Products
The fonts are not only awesome, but the license that comes with these fonts give you a lot of freedom on how to use them! When you purchase from FontBundles.Net, it shows you right in the product download the license that comes with the bundle.
You can click on the type of license and it will take you to the info page that tells you what you can and can’t do with the fonts and extras in each bundle. Right at the top you see you can use the fonts on projects for commercial use to be sold.
Once you create your free account at FontBundles.Net you can search all the fonts they have available and then purchase either a bundle or an individual font. You’ll find all your purchases in your account, and then click the download button to download them to your computer. You can see that the Fantastic Fonts Bundle II comes with an .OTF option to download, and a .TTF option of the fonts to dowload. I usually download the .OTF option of the font because that is the version the creator of the font intended for use. It also allows me add any extras that may come with a font when I’m designing in Adobe Illustrator. But if you don’t have a designing program like Illustrator, you can use the .TTF version just fine.
Click on the version you want and the download will start. I love that they download all at one time. You’ll have to unzip the file, and upload the fonts onto your computer. Once they are all uploaded to your font book on your computer, you can begin using them in your computer programs.
DIY Hand Lettered Sign
For this project you will need:
Using the fonts from FontBundles.Net, you can create a DIY hand lettered sign, even if you aren’t a hand letterer. Open up a word document, or a blank page in any of your design software, type out the phrase you want on your sign, then choose the font or fonts you like for your design. My daughters have wanted a No Boys Allowed sign for the door of their bedroom for awhile. They want to keep their brother out of their room. After months of asking, I thought it’d be fun to make one for them.
The font I used from the Fantastic Fonts Bundle II to make this DIY hand lettered sign is Bold Brush. I used both the regular and sans regular versions of Bold Brush to create this No Boys Allowed sign. Once I had my design made, I just printed it out on regular printer paper. I made sure the dimensions of my design would fit onto the wooden board.
Turn your printed design over, and cover the entire back of the page with pencil led. We used the side of our pencil to create better and faster coverage.
Once the back of the paper is covered in pencil led, place it onto the wood board where you want the design to be. Secure the paper with washi tape so that it won’t move.
Use the pencil to trace the letters of your design. I just traced the outside of the letters, I didn’t bother to fill them in at this point in the project.
Once all the letters are traced, remove the paper to reveal a copy of your design left behind on the wood board.
Use different colors of paint pens to fill in the design of your sign. A quick note: Paint pens most likely will bleed on the wood. It will be hard to get really crisp lines. If you are looking for crisp lines, you could try a small paint brush and acrylic craft paint to fill in the letters. Test paint pens on the back of the board to see how they will react.
Once the design is filled in, you can add some fun shapes and elements to your design. It’s all ready to be hung on the door!
The girls were huge fans of their new sign, but their brother was a little jealous. I quickly opened up my Cricut Design Space and created a No Girls Allowed design using the Sofiebestin Script Alt 2 and Herschel Sans Regular fonts from the Fantastic Fonts Bundle II to cut out some vinyl to make a sign for his bedroom door. Another reason to love FontBundles.Net, their fonts are easily used in Cricut Design Space to create DIY projects.
Although these signs turned out super cute, I’m not sure these signs are actually working. I find them building legos together in each others rooms all the time. Most of the time they aren’t fighting. 🙂