Hand Lettered Globe Ornaments

Image contains four hand lettered globe ornaments and mistletoe.

Christmas is my favorite time of year, and one of my favorite ways to add a DIY touch to the holiday is by creating personal ornaments. Today, I want to show you how you can make unique and meaningful hand lettered globe ornaments to keep for yourself and to give as gifts to your loved ones. Let’s get started!

You’ll need:

Globe Ornaments (mine are from World Market)

Paint Pens (I used Artistro Extra Fine Tip)

If you’re new to hand lettering, you’ll also want to check out these two tutorials:
Faux Calligraphy
Rae Dunn Inspired Print

Basically, to get the brush script look, you just write your word in cursive, then go back and find every downstroke (every spot where your pen was moving down as you wrote) and thicken it by drawing a second line, then coloring in the space between your lines. Here’s a quick example to show you what I mean. You can also check out this video!

Image contains the word "joy" written in four different steps to illustrate writing in faux calligraphy.

It really is that simple! Then you can add any embellishments you want. If you haven’t done this before, I suggest practicing your words on scrap paper first before moving on to your ornament. Then you’ll feel a little more confident when you are working with your paint markers.

Image contains mistletoe and a blue globe ornament with the words, "adventure awaits."

All you have to do to create this project is letter a message directly onto the globe with paint pens. If you prefer to sketch with a pencil first, you can, then trace over it and erase any lines that you can still see after the marker is completely dry. You can make your ornaments say anything you like. General phrases, like “adventure awaits” are fun, or something sentimental like, “home is wherever I am with you.”

Image contains a green globe ornament labeled, "home is wherever I am with you," and mistletoe.

For a fun pop of color, try writing one of your words with a colored paint marker, then outlining it with black, like I did in the example below with the word, “adventurers!”

Image contains a peach colored globe ornament with the words, "darling let's be adventurers," and mistletoe.

Of course, you can make these incredibly personal by using names, monograms, and of course, the places and dates for special trips you’ve taken. My personal favorite is this ornament I made where I documented our trip to China in 2017 to adopt our oldest son. I lettered the name of his home city and “2017,” then I put a little heart approximately where the location is on the globe.

Image contains a cream colored globe ornament with the words "Chengdu 2017" lettered on it, and mistletoe.

You could do this for any vacation or important event; in fact, you can even fill one ornament with lots of dates and names of trips you’ve taken, instead of just one. There are so many ways to make these ornaments unique and meaningful, and all you need is a paint pen to make it happen. Even if you’re nervous about your lettering or handwriting, I promise that the friends and family who receive these will treasure it because it comes from your heart and your hands.

What would you put on your ornaments? If you try this project, be sure to share your project photos with us in the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group so we can all be inspired! I can’t wait to see what you create.

Image is a collage of hand lettered globe ornaments.


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