Easy DIY Lettering Idea Anyone Can Do

Have you ever looked at the writing on homemade signs and other DIY projects and wondered how they were able to get it so neatly done? Yes, a lot of times artists and crafters use their circuit. However, here is a very simple and easy word drawing technique that I use ALL the time to draw words and lettering how I want.

Easy way to draw lettering

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The simple DIY lettering and drawing transfer technique is one that use often to transfer words and images quickly.

DIY Project Wishlist

One day I would love to try a die-cutting machine to help out with all of my DIY art and craft ideas. For now, my simple pencil technique to get easy do-it-myself lettering will have to cut it.

But, here is a link to a Cricut Explore Air 2 machine which is highly rated. I am adding one to my wishlist since I follow this page and Cricut blogger who highly recommends this die-cutting machine.

Why use this drawing technique?

If you want to save time, then this is just a different way to do so. It is kind of like tracing but the opposite because you are pushing the graphite or the chalk onto the surface. By using a printout of the font of your choosing you are able to get a more professional look and easily able to control the spacing. Trust us, when the spacing is messed up, people notice.

Easily Design Your DIY Lettering and Words

Use sharpies, pens, colored pencils, or any material you want to design your lettering. I LOVE these colored pencils! At the time of this post, these pencils were on SALE! I have not seen a price like this for a long time.

Colored pencils used in DIY lettering

What about DIY chalkboard lettering?

Step 1: Rub Chalk On The Back

Instead of using graphite on the back of the text, rub white chalk.

Step 2: Tape To Wall or Board & Trace

Then tape your lettering on the chalkboard wall and still use a pencil to trace the lettering.

Step 3: Carefully Remove The Paper

Remove the lettering printout and retrace the letter with chalk markers or chalk in the color of your choosing.

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From DIY signs to homemade cards, this do-it-your-self lettering idea will help you in all of your DIY projects!

How to transfer lettering

Do It Yourself Lettering

Easily transfer any font so that you can add words and saying to your next DIY project.
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  • Pencils
  • Drawing paper or wood

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  • Print out of font or saying
  • Other drawing or painting material


  • Find the type of lettering and font you want. Create a printout of the lettering with the exact size you need. If you need the lettering larger than a regular piece of paper, you can tape different parts together to create your longer and larger words.
  • Using a pencil or soft graphite, scribble on the back of the words making sure to cover all of the letterings. 
    Graphite on the back of print out letters
  • Once the graphite is on the back, flip over and use a SHARP pencil or pen to carefully trace the lettering. Pay attention to the width. The more precise you are, the better your final lettering will turn out.
    Tracing lettering to draw words easily
  • Make sure that you have traced all parts before lifting up your paper. It is very hard to match it back up, once it is lifted.
    DIY Lettering, Image and Word Transfer Technique


This is a great method for transferring sayings to signs or for homemade invitations and cards.
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  1. Such a cute idea. I never DIY any lettering because I didn’t know how. Your tutorial makes want to try it now. 😉

    1. Hey Andrea! Awesome and you should go for it. I am glad we inspired you. This method also works well for image transfer. Just be very precise when tracing things. Have fun being creative.

  2. wow! i have not yet done this kind of craft but because you made it look so easy, i’m interested now to give it a try 🙂

    1. Michelle gibbs says:

      Some great ideas that I will be giving a try. Thank you

  3. Christina says:

    Going to have to try this for my bullet journal, thanks!

    1. Hi Christina! Thanks for visiting our site. I would love to hear how the DIY letter transfer went in your bullet journal!

  4. What a clever idea! I hate the price of graphite paper! Cant wait to use this idea!