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Welcome! My name is Skylar and I'm so grateful you're here. In these pages, I share all things thoughtful and purposeful to create a life lettered in the sky. 

DIY 'Mr. & Mrs.' wedding gift

DIY 'Mr. & Mrs.' wedding gift

Now that I'm in my mid-20's it feels like each week my Facebook and Instagram feeds are filled with proposals, bachelorette parties and weddings. Between high school, college and work friends, there's always someone celebrating and I'm loving every second of it!

Weddings are my favorite time to gift something made with love. While I've spent years practicing and working on my calligraphy, DIY wedding gifts were my first creations. Today, I wanted to share how you too can create a thoughtful wedding gift for your bestie or colleague! 

This gift is for a colleague who is celebrating a recent marriage. The framed sign will say "Mr. & Mrs. Burt" with their wedding date. Here's what we'll need - picture frame, card-stock (whatever color you choose), thick permanent marker, thin permanent marker, ruler or leveler. 

Step 1. Sketch out what the sign will say. This is important so you can see if any of the phrases need to be moved around. [Clearly, I need to center my lettering and start further from the left side with the 'B.'] TIP: Sketch on the back of the paper that's in the frame so you know exactly how big it will be.

Step 2. Measure the card-stock to match the frame's size. I notched where each side would need to be cut. I used a paper cutter from the craft store, but you can also use a ruler and scissors to cut your card-stock. 

Step 3.1. Begin lettering using a ruler or a laser leveler to keep your words even with the paper. Write your biggest word first, then fit the smaller phrases around it. In this design, I lettered their last name first, then added 'Mr. & Mrs.' to the top and the date on the bottom. 

Step. 3.2. When doing calligraphy like this, you want to space your letters further apart than normal to allow more space for your down-strokes. Here I used the thicker permanent marker for 'Burt,' and the thinner marker for 'Mr. & Mrs.' and the date. 

Step 4.1. Thicken the down-strokes. This is what the 'calligraphy look' is all about. Any time you stroke your pen down while writing, the lines should be thicker.

Step 4.2. It always helps me to outline where my down-strokes will be, that way they will look even when I fill them in. I also gradually smooth the edges with the thinner permanent marker to make the letters look polished.

Step 5. Frame that beauty!

There you have it, a step-by-step DIY tutorial for a thoughtful and beautiful gift for the brides in your life. If you try this out, be sure to tag me on Instagram and Facebook @lettered.in.the.sky. Can't wait to see your version!

Thoughtfully yours,
Skylar

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