Hand Lettered Holiday Countdown Gift Tutorial. Make any holiday or celebration countdown sweeter with a little gift every day, topped with a hand-lettered touch.
Hand Lettered Holiday Countdown Gift Tutorial
Hey, y’all it’s Jessica from Pretty Prints & Paper here to talk about one of my favorite celebration and holiday gift ideas. The best part about knowing brush calligraphy is the ability to add your hand-lettered touch to any gift! If you love doing a holiday or celebration countdown, this is a fun gift idea that spreads the love across multiple days. Watch the video tutorial and get some inspiration for your own holiday countdown.
- Brush pens in desired color scheme (in this case, I’m going red, green, and gold for Christmas). I’m using Crayola Supertips, Sakura Koi brush pens, and a gold Kuretake Wink of Luna
- Twine (or ribbon)
- Color-theme washi tape (I got mine at Michael’s, Amazon, and the Target dollar spot)
- Blank envelopes and cards (I got mine at Michael’s). I’m using 12 for a 12 Days of Christmas countdown
Ok, let’s begin the Hand Lettered Holiday Countdown Gift Tutorial!
Handletter and decorate the envelopes.
This is the fun part! No matter if you’re a beginner at brush calligraphy or a pro, your personal style is what makes these gifts so special. You can use the same style across all your envelopes or vary them like I did. I wanted to show a few different styles to give you some ideas and inspiration to try for yourself. Watch the video to see it all in action, and hear a few tips for what I’m doing along the way.
If you want to reference my envelopes for inspiration:
I personally love varying my styles and wanted to show you the wide variety of hand lettering styles you could do with your envelopes. A few tips:
- No need to make them all super ornate! Simple borders, a little shading, a strip of washi all add enough pop on their own
- Get some lettering shading tips from one of my last posts
- You can mix up Serifs, Sans Serifs, Script, and Block letters for intrigue
- Open up the back envelope flap to keep your markers from catching on the bump
- Sketch it out in pencil if it helps you center the letters
Adding The Treats Inside
The lettering is a fun way to deliver little gifts inside. Depending on what your holiday countdown is for, this is where creativity and personality can come in!
Here are a few ideas to get you going:
- A favorite seasonal treat (#treatyoself)
- A map to a favorite light show or house
- A word-smithed version of your favorite holiday song (12 Days of Christmas lends itself well for your favorite traditions)
- A story of your favorite memories around this time (a favorite holiday memory as a kid, favorite gift you’ve gotten and why, your favorite foods, etc)
- Gift card for ice skating
- Movie tickets
- A seasonal nail polish or lip color
- Hand lettered quote of the season, praise, encouragement, celebration
- Planner goodies for your favorite planner addict like stickers, washi samples, pens
- A movie night with some microwave popcorn
- Local event suggestions
- What this celebration or this person means to you
- A favorite recipe
- Highlights and accomplishments of the journey to this point (if you’re celebrating a birthday, a promotion, etc)
- A favorite photo
- Coupon to spend time together doing your favorite thing – wandering Target, working on a big art project you’ve been putting off, building a snowman, manicure, playing games, whatever!
- Coupon for an act of service you can do for them
- A packet of hot chocolate and a candy cane
Tying it all together
With all the envelopes stuffed, string them together with twine on the back with washi tape. Then, your loved one can hang it up and have the excitement of opening up a little surprise every day!
What is your favorite celebration or Hand Lettered Holiday Countdown idea? How would you make this your own? Let us know in the comments!
Looking for more? Check out some of my other posts:
- Introduction to Brush Calligraphy
- 5 Favorite and Affordable Pens for Beginners Brush Calligraphy
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens vs. Michael’s Artist Loft Pens
Until next time!