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DIY Lettering Transfer: How To Easily Draw Words

Learn how to create lettering for all your DIY projects

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.

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Here is a simple DIY lettering and drawing transfer technique that I use to transfer words and images quickly. I have used a version of this transfer technique for chalkboard lettering, transferring words on paper, and lettering on our memory boxes.

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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 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.

Easy way to draw lettering

How to Draw Lettering Using A Simple Transfer

1) First, 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.

2) Using a pencil or soft graphite, scribble on the back of the words making sure to cover all of the lettering. 

Graphite on the back of print out letters

3) 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

4) 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.

How to transfer lettering

Easily Design Your DIY Lettering and Words

5) Using 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.

6) If needing to transfer lettering to chalkboard, like I did for my DIY Chalkboard Wall, use white chalk on the back of the lettering instead of graphite.

Colored pencils used in DIY lettering

Check out our DIY children’s memory boxes using this drawing technique and finally get all those papers and projects organized.

DIY Projects That Use DIY Lettering Transfer Technique

We would love to hear from you about your DIY projects or what you made using this DIY lettering transfer to create unique fonts and words on projects.

I also transferred a drawing of one of my good friends in these DIY personalized wedding gifts. She was so happy to have such a personalized gift. No one knew that it was actually pretty easy to make using this “tracing” drawing idea.

From DIY signs to homemade cards, this simple drawing transfer idea will help you in all of your DIY projects!

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Friday 5th of April 2019

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


Friday 5th of April 2019

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


Tuesday 9th of April 2019

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


Friday 8th of March 2019

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 :)

Michelle gibbs

Sunday 21st of April 2019

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


Friday 8th of March 2019

Such a cute idea. I never DIY any lettering because I didn't know how. Your tutorial makes want to try it now. ;)


Friday 8th of March 2019

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.

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