Disclaimer – This post is sponsored by Canon. All opinions are 100% my own.
One of the best things about having a Canon printer is that the things I use to spend money and time on are so much more available and convenient. So I have done this project before….cutting words out of scrap wood….but this time it got a lot faster and better with my PIXMA iP8720 crafting printer because now I don’t have to run out to a office supply store to have them printed. No waiting in line. No $5 fee. No makeup, no bra, no problem.
And the printer actually prints up to 13×19 easily. That’s big. That’s really. really. big. SOooo today I wanted to share with you some tips on how to do this project – from fonts to jigsaw tips, even to ways to display your favorite words in your home.
First you have to create your word art. I created mine in Photoshop and I use free fonts that are available for download online….just search “free font ________(insert name listed below)” and you will see where you can download.
I tend to like the handwritten or script fonts for this project but you can also use clean ones that don’t connect naturally. Here are my favorites….
Once you open up your new file and type out your word of choice, note that it might not be wood ready. I typed my name and it wasn’t ready AT ALL. See where it’s not connected? And where there are weak links? It’s like Bachelors in Paradise…..not many individuals stay together because their connection isn’t strong enough to withstand pressure of real life.
In order to fix that, you can shorten the distance between the characters….a date if you will…to bring people closer together.
You can also beef up the letters themselves…this would make the connections stronger because the letters would be thicker. What you do is select your word layer (blue arrow below) and then select Layer\Layer Style\Stroke. This is going to make the outside of your letter appear like it has a thicker stroke to it….like it was written with a fatter pen. Simply adjust the slider to thicken up the letters.
This is what it looks like afterward….
Whatever word you choose, just make sure to format your canvas to be 13×19 and then you can print it on your PIXMA iP8720.
See how you can do the same thing to both words and some STILL do not connect well. It’s especially important to do when getting ready for two words….just keep that in mind.
Single words you can fit on a single sheet of photo paper. I like using the photo paper because it’s thicker and is easier to trace.
Okay…so first as you may have guessed….you gotta cut it out. I use scissors for the outside and a little X-acto knife for the little inside parts.
Once that is done, you place it on your scrap wood and trace with a pencil.
Obviously it might be a little messy 🙂 The wood I like is just 3/4 inch plywood.
Then you will want to cut out the little holes. Start by drilling a hole in the section you will remove.
Then use your jigsaw with a scrolling blade to cut out the little bits in the letters. My friend Jen of the blog House of Wood makes these beautiful jigsawed names and this was her best tip – “The biggest takeaway is the blade. That’s the secret weapon. The scrolling blade will allow you to cut tighter curves and turns.”
After you do the center cut outs, then cut the outside. Then sand it down.
See how cute? I did quite a few and after the first few, it got easier and faster.
Then I painted them or stained them to the color of my choice.
The best part about these is that you can choose whatever phrase or word you like. For example….I really would never be able to find the phrase “take luck”. It’s from a very old stand up comedian (google Brian Regan Take Luck to hear it) and it was one of my sister’s favorite phrases.
Cutting out two words was even more of a challenge because the letters had to connect with one another and each word had to connect with the other. I did have to improvise once I traced. The idea is exactly the same though….make the connections strong and cut out the littlest pieces first.
In the end, I stained hers to make a wall plaque and I attached it to a wood round. I love it and I hope she does too.
The HEY was probably my favorite in the end and I put it in my office as a wall hanging. I just marked the wall with two tiny nails and it is hanging on them.
And the words even work well as shelf decor. This one is finished in chalk paint and feels like it’s floating on the shelf.
The possibilities are endless! You can make custom phrases, cut out inside jokes, and create words that you would never be able to find in the stores….all with a little scrap wood, jigsaw and your Canon crafting printer. Easy peasy!
Another great idea is to print out patterns and photos and use a bit of glue/sealer (or Mod Podge) to decorate the cutout.
Now what to cut out next….on fleek? bae? bearded wonder?
Are you guys just loving these Canon printer posts? I love them so hard! I have about thirty other ideas on ways to use photos, display pictures and craft your home to be a place you love! The challenge is what post comes first! ha! Here are some of my favorite past posts where we partnered with Canon craft printers…(CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO GO TO THAT PROJECT)
Happy crafting y’all!
OMG. I didn’t think I could love you more and then I saw “Take Luck”. Brian Regan is the BEST!!!!!
What a cute idea!! I did want to warn you that I keep thinking the cursive “l” in “take luck” is an “f.” Uh oh.
Oh Bryan Regan! My BFF and I listened to him soooo much our freshman year of college…to this day we will still text each other asking “is this a good activity???”
Love this project too! 😉
Luck definitely looks like that other word that ends with *uck!
“Take Luck! And care! Take care of the luck!”
Oh man, so many Brian Reagan memories. I regularly tell my children to “find a new activity because that is not a good activity.”
Super cute project. You make me wish we had a photoprinter. Though at this point, I’d settle for anything wireless.
Jessie Herrmann says
Question about the printer: how quickly does it go through the ink? I’d love it for bigger photos but if I’m going to spend $100 in ink for every picture, I might cry.
Me too! I had to come read the comments to know what it did actually say!
Spied the kids’ books on your book shelf (Bethoven, Hellen Keller etc..). I loved those as a kid and would love to get some for my kids. Did you buy these recently or are they original editions?
Me too! I also wondered if it was “take cuck”.
Oh heavens no. I’ve done about thirty full sized prints (some b&w, some sepia, some full color) and I have changed three ink cartridges so far. I don’t know what is standard but apparently I go through black the fastest 🙂
xo – kb
We have original editions….Jeremy had one from childhood and then over the years I have been collecting them at Goodwills and thrift stores. I hope that one day I will have full sets to give to each kiddo 🙂
xo – kb
For a fun look to your words, take some fun colored Washi tape and cover them in strips. I use an Xacto knife and cut out the tiny holes then use a fingernail file on all the edges. It turns out adorable!
So happy to see so many other Brian Reagan fans here! Good clean comedy! Love it!
What a super fun project! I love the hello!
Jen in St. Louis says
Here’s a tip to save you a step, instead of cutting out your words and then tracing them you can use a frugal mom’s carbon paper. Turn your paper over (I do it on a window so I can see the words through the paper) then use the side of a #2 pencil lead (or softer if you happen to have it) to rub the back of the paper. You don’t have to cover the whole thing, just the edges of the letters that you want to trace. Now place the paper rubbed side down on your wood, trace the letters with a ball-point pen or a stylus. The pressure from the pen will transfer the graphite from the back of the page onto your wood!
Oh my Gosh! We quote “Take Luck!” all the time!
Also: “What’s the score, Brian?” “Cherry!”
Love that stand-up! 😀
And….reason # 5,672 that I love you. Brian Regan is our absolute favorite. Saw him live years ago and those facial expressions from the front row is hard to beat. My brother and sister-in-law and my husband and I are always quoting him. Especially, take luck. My brother has a tshirt that says Take Luck. Why do I sound like I am competing for Brian Regan’s #1 fan status?
Anyhoo, I guess I’m wondering if you would be able to share your take luck file? I would love to attempt this for my brother and his wife for their new home. Wouldn’t that be the best housewarming gift?
Thanks for always making me smile!
Only because you made me laugh 🙂
Here you go….TAKE LUCK PDF
xo – kb
Oh. My. Gah. Well, that makes #5,673. You are awesome. Can we be friends? I live in SC…not too far away…