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Hand Font: Canvas Gift Tags

Hand written projects bring such a nice touch to the holidays. But, what do you do if – like me – your handwriting is not so great. You fake it! I am excited to share these easy to make canvas gift tags, and let you in on a great secret for scripting your own gift tags and Christmas cards that will have your presents looking top notch for the holidays.

To make the gift tags, start with cotton canvas (you can buy a large amount for cheap in the paint section at your hardware store). Cut out various sizes of tags to adorn your presents. Then, find a great script font that you love (like Jenna Sue) and print out an alphabet onto tracing paper. Trace your greetings, using a fine tip pencil, onto the canvas and follow up with a thick black calligraphy pen. Wow your friends into thinking your writing skills have gotten fancy!

A great trick for your Christmas cards is to print the script out right onto your envelopes (in a very light gray) before following up with the thick black pen for a (faux) hand calligraphy look.

I am thrilled to introduce you to one of the many new series that will be kicking off after the new year. This one I’ve done as a collaboration with my friend Brody who is an amazing Hand Font Illustrator. We’ve been busy working on projects for parties and home that will be coming out in January. Photography done for A Subtle Revelry by Erin Holland.


  • Linda L.
    December 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I don’t really trust myself with the tracing so I’m going to try printing directly onto the canvas.

    • Victoria
      December 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Linda, that is a great idea! You could easily cut the canvas down to paper size and feed it right through an ink jet:)

  • Miss Kitty
    December 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks for this great idea, Victoria! I am looking forward to the new series about fonts for parties, etc. in January.

  • Ann
    December 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Love this idea! Fancy scripts make everything look classy. After you print the letters onto tracing paper, you must cut them out before tracing around them onto the canvas, correct?

    • Victoria
      December 14, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Ann, nope! If you use actual tracing paper you don’t need to cut out the letters. If you don’t have tracing paper you can print and cut with regular paper- although my hands are not that steady:)

      • Ann
        December 15, 2012 at 5:35 am

        Thanks Victoria, now I understand. I think what you call tracing paper, I must think of as transfer paper. Happy weekend!

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