DIY Calligraphy: A Fun Trick for Wedding Paper Design

{personal photo}

If your handwriting is anything like mine, there’s no chance you’d even consider hand-writing your place cards {or any other paper aspect for your event}. But with this fun and easy tip {spotted last year in the Weddingbee forums}, you can easily fool your guests in to thinking you have a knack for gorgeous calligraphy. That is, of course, if you don’t post an image like this to your Facebook page, and have guests over later that day who happen to see that very same image :)

How to DIY: The trick is to use a very light colored font before printing, then just use your pen of choice and trace the letters. For my Thanksgiving place cards above, I chose a heavy kraft paper card stock with Nelly Script Flourish as my font, and I then used a white gel pen to trace. I was going to use a metallic silver pen, but couldn’t find it on time.

Other ideas: use a larger font size and create a menu board for your wedding or Bride & Groom, Mr. & Mrs., Mr. & Mr., etc. signage, use a fine-tipped glue pen and dust with glitter for metallic place cards (I’m totally doing this for an upcoming project), or use black paper with a white pen to achieve a “chalkboard” look.

Easy, fun, and best of all: inexpensive. While nothing will replace the value of hand calligraphy that a talented calligrapher can do for your paper design, this is a great option for smaller scale events where the cost/time of a professional calligrapher just isn’t in the cards.

  • Brancoprata says on November 22, 2011 Reply

    Oh Jacin this is so amazing!!! I wonder how i never thought of this before!!!! Such a smart DIY!!!!!

  • Keisha (with a K) says on November 22, 2011 Reply

    We could do this for our xmas place cards. Nice!

  • Julie says on November 22, 2011 Reply

    This is really and truly a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing Jacin!

  • Laura *You Stir Me* says on November 22, 2011 Reply

    Love this idea…will be using it soon:)

  • The Demoiselle says on November 22, 2011 Reply

    clever indeed!!

  • birdie to be says on November 22, 2011 Reply

    I love this idea… I might just have to use it!

  • Erin * Sparkle & Hay says on November 22, 2011 Reply


  • Anna says on November 22, 2011 Reply

    such a good idea. i’m feeling a little silly that i’ve never thought of this. i’m glad someone did! :)

  • Lena says on November 22, 2011 Reply

    One of my favorite tricks!

  • Shannon {Shannon Reeves Events} says on November 22, 2011 Reply

    Oh my word - HOW did I go 27 years without knowing this trick?? Thank you!

  • Tiffany says on November 22, 2011 Reply

    Awesome trick!! Thanks, since I have such poor penmanship!

  • Jessica [Shimmer+Silk] says on November 22, 2011 Reply

    What a great idea! The white ink looks so beautiful :)

  • Sweet Lauren Cakes says on November 22, 2011 Reply

    Genius Idea! Thank you for posting- wish we could have seen this sooner, but it’s definitely just in time for the holidays!

  • Liesl says on November 22, 2011 Reply

    This is such a fantastic idea!!! Love it!

    Liesl :)

  • Erika {Borrowed&Bleu} says on November 25, 2011 Reply

    What a brilliant idea!

  • Elizabeth | Bridal Musings says on November 26, 2011 Reply

    Such great tips ~ thanks for sharing!

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