I’ve told you before that calligraphy is an incredibly practical skill that can help save you money in everyday life. Calligraphy can also help you make and give truly thoughtful gifts for your loved ones this holiday season without breaking the bank. (Or, honestly, without putting in a full business week on one gift, because your time has value too)!
Here are five DIY gift ideas that use hand lettering, all of which are great for gift giving year-round too!
DIY Marble Alphabet Magnets
This gift is great for everyone, but perhaps especially for those with kids! Give your friend’s fridge a trendy alphabet magnet upgrade with these homemade hand-lettered refrigerator magnets. Personally, I think I’d want my letters in black and white, but gold is a nice touch, too.
To be able to form complete words and make this a good learning tool, I might suggest doing more than 26 letters (specifically, more E’s, A’s, I’s, O’s, N’s, R’s, T’s, L’s, S’s and U’s. It might be helpful to check out Scrabble’s letter distribution, and do a smaller set).
Herb-Infused Sea Salt or Bath Salts
Sea salt infused with herbs is a quick and easy way to spice up dishes, especially when you don’t have fresh herbs around all the time. Garden Therapy has this tutorial that will take you less than 15 minutes from start to finish. Then, for a calligraphy accent, you can create your own pretty label a handful of different ways:
Use a round object to trace a circle (or another shape) onto card stock, then hand letter the flavor name onto the circle. Cut it out, hole punch it, and tie it around the jar with twine or string.
Use a large paper punch to create a special shape instead—perhaps even using a pretty patterned or metallic paper—and hand letter the flavor name onto it.
Use a round object to trace a circle onto card stock, then hand letter the flavor name onto the circle. Cut it out, and glue it to the top of the jar.
Use a paint pen to write the flavor name directly onto the jar itself, whether the top or the side!
You can get plain white mugs at the dollar store, and gold Sharpie paint pens at almost any office supply store or craft store. (P.S. My only caveat to this tutorial: Regular gold Sharpies do not work! Use paint pens or porcelain paint instead). You might spend less than $5 on this gift overall, but a personalized hand-lettered monogram from yours truly will make it really special! Some other ideas for mixing it up:
Hand-Lettered Geometric Mirror
Buy a geometric mirror (I’m dreaming about this one that’s part mirror part wall hanging), and hand letter on it with a white sharpie paint pen! I love the idea of adding the word “welcome” for use in an entryway. If you are going for less boho and more modern, there’s also this gold-rimmed geometric mirror as well.
Pictured above are some plain white pillar candles, dressed up with some geometric tattoos, of all things! Click the image to see the original tutorial. You can use geometric tattoos, if you want, or create your own geometric or hand-lettered design like this tutorial does, using Sharpies and tissue paper (this time, regular Sharpies really will do).
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I hope you walk away with some DIY calligraphy ideas, whether using these tutorials, or spring boarding off of them onto your own awesome idea! Hand lettering is such a great way to personalize just about any gift and really make it special.
If you haven’t yet learned how to hand letter, or would like to brush up on your skills, here’s a great (and FREE) way to start: