So many brides want beautiful hand lettered signage for their wedding, but don’t want to pay that pretty penny for it. Etsy is full of gorgeous signage, and you can get it customized. But what about the brides that don’t want to break the budget on decor? Can you do your own hand lettering?
You don’t need to be an artist to make beautiful signage. Making your own signs can be easier than you think. There are so many tutorials on Pinterest for hand lettering.
First of all you can check out this great blog by Dawn Nicole. Here she covers the basics of hand lettering, and how to get started.
Have a kick butt design on the computer already? Check out this blog for using a pencil transfer method.
With a little practice and the right materials you can make your own customized signs.
Is making your own signs really cheaper?
Lets consider the costs…
- A wooden hand lettered sign can average anywhere between $15-$50 on Etsy.
- DIY costs?
- Wooden pieces… Fun fact: You might be able to get these for free. Many times places like Home Depot or Lowes will have scrape wood bins that you can take for free. Check out this article for more details.
- Finish averages about $5 for a small can. And usually that is all you will need.
- Pens. You can get them anywhere from $2.50-$10 depending on the package size. I’ve had great experiences with the craftsmart pens from Michaels. They usually put out a 40% coupon in the weekly ad. So you can get these for much cheaper!
So far our running total is only about $10. (Bargain brides rejoice!)
In conclusion, is making your own wooden sign worth it? In my opinion: for the budget/DIY brides, I would give a resounding yes. For the busy brides, Etsy will always be your best friend.
Time to hear from you ladies. I was a hardcore DIY bride and bridesmaid. My thoughts are, “why buy it when I can make it?”
What are your thoughts- DIY or buy? Leave a comment below!