DIY koozies are the perfect gift for many occassions
Are you looking for a really cool, personalized, and budget-friendly wedding, Father’s Day, or birthday gift? I recently was in one of my best friend’s weddings and I really wanted to create something memorable, personalized for her. When it came time to go to the bachelorette party, another bridesmaid and I wanted to make something special for the event.
We began the search to make our own koozies for her. My friend started saving all the clip art that would work. And yes, all the custom koozie websites have a TON of designs you can choose from. However, I wanted to really make a unique wedding gift and bachelorette gift.
Truly Personalized Koozie
I decided I would design personalized koozies just for them. It truly was a unique, fun, and personalized gift for my friend.
She loved them so much, that she even requested more for the actual big day!
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How to design personalized koozies and drawings?
It actually is pretty simple. First, you have to decide on the image you want to use. I ended up using her save-the-date picture. In addition, I decided I needed to make a two-sided koozie with an image of their dog on the other side!
Once I had my pictures picked out, I simply used this drawing transfer technique that I explain in this post. By placing graphite on the back, you are able to get a pencil drawing that you can add or take any details away.
Tip for creating image transfer: Really pay attention to details when tracing the pictures! It will really help the drawing look more realistic!
Once I used the drawing transfer technique, I simply cleaned up the lines using an extra-fine tip sharpie. After the sharpie drawing was done, take a nice eraser, and get rid of extra pencil lines.
In the picture below, you can see how I used a sharp pencil to trace the important details of their faces. Also, make sure you check out a few other of my posts, especially if you are curious about other art supplies I recommend for DIY projects or how to make the cool desk I am working on!
2 personalized gifts: Create personalized framed artwork
These cool, little drawings came out so great that I even decided to frame the artworks once I was done taking a good image to send to a koozie company. I found these awesome 8” x 8” white frames that were perfect. I did end up cutting a new black mat for the DIY artwork because I thought we needed a little more contrast.
Use a design website to finish the koozie artwork
Before I submitted the artwork to the koozie company, I uploaded the image into Canva. If you have not tried Canva before, you truly need to check the website out. It is a free design website that allows you to create many different designs.
Yes, you can buy an upgraded PRO version, however, I have not needed it yet. In Canva, I simply just needed to add text to my designs. Adding their hashtag to the front design and their wedding date on the back design with the dog. I also enhanced the image by increasing the exposure in my photo editing app on my iPhone.
I found several companies that were able to have you upload your own personalized koozie design. It was really simple and they will email you back a proof of your design to approve before your order. There are even a few really good, American-based companies for this. Below are a few links to companies that will allow you to create custom wedding gifts, favors, and other customized items.
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Simple Drawing Technique=2 AWESOME Personalized Wedding Gifts!
I can’t believe a simple drawing transfer technique allowed me to create amazing personalized wedding gifts for one of my best friends. This technique even helped me create an awesome DIY chalkboard wall! It really is a simple and easy way to transfer images and lettering!
Using this technique can help you make all sorts of personalized gifts for any occasion and they truly will be DIY gifts to LOVE!
My friend was so happy to have personalized keepsakes and easy DIY personalized wedding favor for guests at her wedding. During the bachelorette party, everyone kept saying how much they loved these and couldn’t believe how awesome the design was.
I kept it a secret about how easy and simple it was to create these personalized drawings!
I would love to hear about any fantastic DIY personalized gifts or personalized wedding favors you have created?
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