Are your walls begging for a new look? Create a gorgeous, attention-grabbing gallery wall by grouping framed sentiments in a favorite gathering space. These hand-lettered pieces are made with simple materials: watercolor and metallic papers; Sharpie permanent markers in gold, white, and black; and a few color pencils. Add frames, and -- voilà! -- your words are golden.
Say the Word
For this festive artwork, we sketched a ribbon banner in pencil, then embellished with watercolor pencil. A small brush and just a bit of water create a subtle wash of pink. We used a golden paint pen to add the message, "c'est bon," -- French for "It's good."
Tip: Stick with white frames and mats to help soft colors and delicate shapes pop off the walls.
Let It Burn
Create a tabletop worthy of a woodsy retreat with this charming DIY project guaranteed to impress your guests. Using a woodburning tool, we added guests' names to log sections. Have each family member or guest write his or her name in pencil on the log pieces, then burn the letters into the wood to make keepsakes of those kindergarten printed letters or Grandma's pretty signature.
Add wow to ordinary curtains with a subtle hand-written treatment. We used a white Sharpie marker to write the word lovely on cream-tone paper and uploaded it to spoonflower.com, a service that prints custom designs onto fabric, wallpaper, and more. We had the design printed onto heavy cotton twill and fashioned it into curtain panels.
Tiny pieces of lettering in wall art and textiles sweeten this bedroom with sentimental style. To re-create this look, use color copies of treasured notes, letters, and photos to make heart-warming collages, then frame.
Creating a cohesive art corner works best if you work within the same color family. We used the pastel palette found in our Paris photo to inspire our collage silhouettes. When layering the pieces of the top silhouette, we used small clear adhesive dots that would disappear under the vellum silhouette, letting the flowers show.
Set the Scene
There's a lot to love about a festive fete, and this simple setup is no exception. Welcome guests to a cocktail party (or baby shower or brunch) with an entertainment center set up for the occasion. We used hand-lettered elements around a bar cart (you could use a table or sideboard) to personalize the fete.
On the Menu
Dig the outdoors? Serve up rustic style at your next gathering with a pretty, practical DIY menu. This wood slice gets a party-perfect makeover with chalkboard paint and a drink recipe lettered with a white chalk marker. We opted for a chalk marker rather than a traditional stick of chalk because it offers smoother lines.
Wired for Fun
Set the mood for a cheerful celebration with this creative twist on a classic banner. We bent thin copper wire to spell "let's be happy," then made it cozier by wrapping the wire with nubby yarn flecked with gold glitter and variegated shades of pink. The wire words loop around nails on the edges of the frames, anchored with additional unwrapped wire to ensure stability.
Make presents feel even more thoughtful with custom-designed wrapping paper. Simply scrawl a sweet message, then scan and upload the design to spoonflower.com.