DIY | Hand-Written Poster Project

I’ve really been loving all of those hand-painted looking posters out there. You know, the ones with a message that makes you chuckle or words of wisom that make you think. Part of the beauty of posters like this is their textural quality. I was able to get a similar look by hand writing this verse very small with a gel pen, then blowing it up on a copy machine, and eventually inverting the colors. I love the faded look of the toner-print quality, and the rugged edges of each word. Want to make your own? I’ll show you how!

S U P P L I E S :
  • small piece of white paper
  • gel pen (the globbier, the better!)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • picture or poster frame

1.) I started out by writing on a 1.75″ x 2.5″ section of white paper, practicing a few time to make sure I got the spacing and proportion how I wanted it. Then, I went over the words again, letting by pen linger on certain spots to get a globby look that you might expect from a quill pen. (By the way, if you have a quill pen- it would be probably be perfect!)

2.) Then I took my little note to the copy shop (Office Max) and enlarged it on the standard copy machine, starting with 400% and then inverting the colors (in the print options of the black and white copier) and enlarging it again by 180%, or until it was fitting properly within the 10×13″ frame I had brought along. I did try a few different sizes, since each copy only cost me nine cents. I ended up keeping this print for the 10×13″ frame, but then make another larger print which you see photographed below. To do this, I took my inverted 10×13 print to the plotter at the copy shop and enlarged it by 162%, making sure it fit perfectly in my 16×20″ picture frame.

3.) I then laid my picture frame over the print, and traced around the edges with a pencil. I trimmed a little outside of the pencil line, to make sure I didn’t have any gaps when putting it all together. After assembling the glass, paper, and cardboard of the frame, it was ready to hang!

I love this simple technique, and will probably try it again with different writing utensils. I think this would make a great house warming gift, though, just as it is!

16 Responses

  1. Linn says:

    Very creative and I like the result. Might try this myself :-)

  2. L says:

    Love this idea. Love the message you wrote too! x

  3. Stephanie Wheeler says:


  4. LOVE this project…and love what you wrote;)

  5. AgA says:

    Love Yor blog :) best wishes!

  6. paula strong says:

    thanks for this DIY love the saying It’s my house too

  7. Courteney says:

    Love this. You have beautiful handwriting too! I’m sightly jealous. ;)

  8. Ohh I adore it!!! Fantastic! Thanks bunches for sharing.
    Happy Weekend!

  9. Maranda says:

    I would love to put this in my foyer so people can see how much I love and adore the Lord our God. <3
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Emily says:

    Wonderful! I love your blog, I just discovered it through Sometimes Sweet! And I love that you are another Ohioan :)

  11. amber says:

    What a great idea! Saw this on Pinterest and clicked through to see more. I have a little piece of paper that my great-grandpa wrote a Bible verse on (found in his Bible after he died), and this would be a really neat way to display his handwriting–and the verse–in my house. Love it–thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Julie says:

    I love to see God’s Word in artwork. Great inspiring idea! Thanks. :)

  13. Jill says:

    Love this! Just made one today. Inspired by others’ comments about using a note written by a loved one. Clever Mandi – thanks :)

  14. Hello, fellow creative Ohioan!

    Love your blog, and this project, especially :).

  15. Susan says:

    Brilliant! so awesome, and love the verse; I’ve been wanting to replace my current ‘as for me and my house…’ display with another and I think I’ve found it. Thanks for the creative idea.!

  16. Stacia says:

    I love your blog! Just thought I would let you know that I featured this diy project on my poster art inspiration blog post today. Thanks for sharing such a fun way to make some nifty looking and personal art!