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Hand Lettered Holiday Scroll

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I really should title this post Faux Hand Lettered Holiday Scroll, because I took the easy way out with this one!

Easy instructions for how to make a hand lettered scroll even if you don't have good handwriting!

I’ve been practicing and practicing my hand lettering, and while I’m getting better…I’m still not very good!

I’m also a tad impatient. Rather than wait until I get improve, I had an idea for this project and I wanted it done immediately! So I took the easy way out and turned to my Silhouette!

But before I get to that, let’s take a look at where I started:

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Yep, The Dollar Tree. I was there to grab a roll of this kraft paper to use in my kids’ Advent calendar. Once I was done with that project, though, I still had quite a bit left over.

I’d been wanting to make some type of scroll wall art for awhile, and this seemed like the perfect time to try. After all, I was probably only using about a dime worth of the paper for this project!

Easy instructions for how to make a hand lettered scroll even if you don't have good handwriting!

Supplies Needed:

 

I started with an empty wrapping paper roll that I found in my basement, because I.KEEP.ALL.THE.THINGS. You could also use 2 empty paper towel tubes. 

I just cut the roll in half and then cut my paper the same width. This would probably be much easier if you just left it the full width, but I wanted something smaller for the space I had.

Once I had my paper cut to the correct width, it was time for my Silhouette to work her magic. I wrote my text in Silhouette (I used the Midnight font) and adjusted the size to fit my paper. When you’re figuring out the height of your paper, be sure to account for the fact that some on the top and bottom will need to wrap around your wrapping paper tube in order to look like a scroll.

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I cut my text out using cardstock, because I wasn’t sure if contact paper would be too sticky and tear the kraft paper. Looking back, I don’t think it would have and it probably would have been easier to cut.

Regardless of what you use, though, you’re basically cutting out a stencil for your words.

I lined everything up on my kraft paper and then just used a pencil to lightly trace the outline of my letters. This picture has a funky tint to it, because I tried to really edit it pretty heavily so you could see the pencil lines.

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Once I had it all traced, I removed the stencil and used my favorite Tombow pen to go over my letters. You could use a Sharpie if you wanted, but I love how the Tombow pen gives you the thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes because of it’s feather tip.

Plus, it just makes me feel like I’m doing a little bit of my part in this hand lettering thing, even though the Silhouette really did all the work.

Once your letters are all done, line up one of your empty tubes with the bottom of your kraft paper. Tape the edges of the paper onto the tube. Then roll up and hot glue along your seam once your tube is covered completely.

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Repeat this step with the tube at the top of the paper. Then take some twine, string or whatever you have on hand and thread it through the top tube. Make sure you leave enough to hang it from the spot you want. I tied a knot in the string and then pulled the string through until the knot was hidden inside the tube.

Easy instructions for how to make a hand lettered scroll even if you don't have good handwriting!

Hang it and step back and admire your work! I seriously love it and now I want to make even more to hang other places in my house! Along with my first Christmas dress wall art, it’s an easy  and cheap DIY Christmas decoration!

Easy instructions for how to make a hand lettered scroll even if you don't have good handwriting!

It was so simple to make and doesn’t look too bad for something that probably cost less than 10 cents!

Easy instructions for how to make a hand lettered scroll even if you don't have good handwriting!

Since I used my Silhouette for this project, I was able to team up with some other blogger friends as part of the Monthly Silhouette Challenge. This month’s theme was Winter Wonderland, and you’ll be amazed at all the different interpretations of that!

It’s so fun to see what everybody comes up with when we are all presented with the same topic! Be sure to check out their projects!

Silhouette Creators Challenge Winter Wonderland

  1. A Turtles Life From Home – Hand Lettered Holiday Scroll
  2. Michelle James Designs Winter Wonderland Throw Pillows Using the Silhouette Cameo
  3. Uncookie Cutter – Tree Stand Box
  4. Vintage Romance Style – Cabin Cozy Scrap Wood Snowflake
  5. Simply {Darr}ling – Upcycled Christmas Card Display
  6. Houseful of Handmade – DIY Vintage Christmas Scroll
  7. Dwell Beautiful – Glittery Christmas Song Lyric Art
  8. Morena’s Corner – Make Black and White Cards
  9. Rachel Teodoro Lighted Christmas Tree Truck
  10. Pocketful of Posies – DIY Simple Joy Ornament

Hand Lettered Holiday Scroll! This is gorgeous and only costs about 10 cents to make! You don't even need to have good handwriting with this secret tip!

 

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