With the holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to squeeze in some hand lettering practice with all those envelopes you'll probably be sending out soon. Hand lettered envelopes are not only a fun way to add an extra special touch to your snail mail, but also surprisingly easy to do! Below I've rounded up 7 different ideas using basic hand lettering and tools you likely have sitting in that junk drawer that you keep meaning to clean out...
Using just a permanent marker, this style is a quick way to take your envelopes to the next level. Write the name in large script against the left side and the address in a tall, skinny sans serif in one line across the bottom. You can add weight (thickness) to the downstrokes of your letters for a faux calligraphy look like I did above, or leave the script plain.
Again using just a permanent marker, this style is a bit more whimsical with a mix of script and sans serif, both with weight added to give it that modern, brushy calligraphy look.
For this style I switched out my permanent marker for a colorful Crayola marker, but any marker will do! I wrote the name and town in regular uppercase letters, then added serifs, or little feet, at the ends of the letters, and then mixed in some lowercase script for the address.
Again using a Crayola marker, this one is another variation on a tall, skinny sans serif font and script. This time, however, the name is in sans serif and the address is in a lowercase script. I left these as is, but you can take it up a notch by adding weight for that faux calligraphy look!
This time I used a gel pen (from a 3-pack in the Target dollar section) and a simple, swirly script. The quality of the gel pen made this a little bit trickier than the marker (I had to go over it two or three times in some spots to get the ink out) but the result still looks super fun!
This one you may or may not have lying around the house, but for the last two styles I used my favorite Sharpie oil paint pen (which you can find at any craft store). I started with the names in script, and then added text on top and the address on the bottom in a simple sans serif. Finally, I added lines across to fill in some of the empty space left by the smaller letters.
Again using the Sharpie oil paint pen and a mix of sans serif and script, this one is a bit more traditional looking. Just like with the previous style, start with the last name first and then add the rest of your text around it.
- The key to addressing envelopes is to stay as legible as possible. The post office will send things they can't read, but they're very unhappy about it and it probably won't even get delivered on time, if at all.
- You also need to always leave room for a stamp (or stamps!). You'll notice in all my examples, I left a space all along the top so that I have plenty of room to add stamps.
- None of these samples feature return addresses, but for that I would simply add them on the back flap of the envelope! You can try your hand at lettering in a similar style, invest in a fun stamp or stickers, or just write neatly since the front is so distracting anyways.
And of course, if you're looking at these and thinking, "Great, but how do I actually make my letters look like that?!" I've got you covered 😘
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