Creating Your Own Typography Art


Today we are linking up with Meredith from The Tichenor Family!
Huge THANK YOU to Tonya for sharing her awesome tutorial on typography art! I absolutely ADORE these signs she is making!


Hey Guys!
My name is Tonya and I blog at Love of Family & Home where I share

all of my DIY, decorating, & craft projects

 If you love all things DIY & decorating, I would LOVE for you to stop by & visit!!
I am so excited to be guest posting today at House of Rose!!

Mandy & I are real life friends & I can tell you from experience, that her & her family are just as adorable in person as they appear in all of her posts! Mandy has become such a dear friend to me & I feel so blessed to have her in my life!

She asked me to share one of my typography sign tutorials today on her blog, so that’s what I am here to do!

I’m kind of obsessed with typography art & have slowly taught myself how to make some typography signs of my own as opposed to buying them in the store. Plus, making them allows me to put a personal touch on the signs & also gives me the opportunity to personalize them for friends as well.

Like this birth announcement sign that I made for Mandy when SJ was born….
Today I’m going to share with you a quick tutorial on how you can make your own or make one for a friend…

First you start out with a blank board….

I purchased a 4 foot whitewood board that I bought at Lowes for $3.98 & had my dad cut it into 4 pieces. Each piece measured out to be approximately 11.5″ x 12″…

I then give the board two coats of KILZ primer…
Once the board is primed, then you decide what color you want it & give it a couple coats of paint as well. For the birth announcement signs, I try to paint the board to match the nursery it will be going in. You can take anything from the nursery (a throw pillow or fabric swatch) and have it matched in the paint department at Lowes. You can also buy the color in a sample size paint for just $2.98, so that you don’t have to buy an entire quart or gallon.

Once the board is painted, I like to take some sandpaper to it & distress the edges & the top of the board as well to give it kind of an aged or vintage look (this step is completely optional.)

Then I use white cardstock & my Cricut machine & cut out all of the letters/numbers that I need for the sign & come up with my layout….
 The size & configuration of the letters/numbers is all just a trial & error thing.
I just keep messing with it until I get it the way I like it!
Once I figure out how the words are going to be layed out, I then used a decoupaging medium call
Mod Podge to adhere the letters to the sign….
You can find Mod Podge at pretty any craft store.
I buy mine at Hobby Lobby.
You basically just brush on a coat of the Mod Podge to the back of each letter & place them where you want them on the sign. Once all of the letters are in place, you then take your sponge brush & brush a layer over the top of the entire sign to seal the letters to the wood. The Mod Podge is white when it goes on, but it dries clear. I usually do this step twice to make sure the letters are sealed well. If you are a new Mod Podger, check out this site for some great tips.
After the mod podge, it looks like this…
This project doesn’t have to be limited to just birth announcement signs either.
You can follow these same steps & create any sign you want!!
Here a few others I’ve made…
Or if you want to create something to go with your Christmas decor,
you could also make something like this…
The possibilities are endless!!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial & I hope I’ve inspired you to try your hand at a typography
project of your own!!
Big thank you to Mandy for letting me share some of my projects with you!!
Aren’t these signs so stinkin’ cute? She made the Christmas one for me off an idea on Pinterest! Today is the last day to enter Tonya’s throw pillow giveaway! Check it out! Thanks again Tonya!


  1. says

    Thanks for this tutorial! I got a cricut for Christmas and am slowly learning the ropes. I love the typographical art and will be trying this soon! :)

  2. Brandy says

    I love this project and I have a cricut already. I have not ever used the mod podge. Would you recommend sealing it polyurethane?

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