Create free word art in 3 steps

May 25, 2012, In: creative DIY ideas
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Earlier this week I showed off my DIY entryway art that I made using Wordle. Thank you for all of the wonderful feedback and comments. You all really know how to make a girl’s day!

Since it seemed to go over so well, I wanted to give you a more detailed tutorial for how to make your own. So here are the instructions for making your own beautiful word art in 3 easy steps.


Step 1: Decide what words you want to use in your word art.

I chose to make Hello and Goodbye signs and used variations of these words in different languages. For the translation I used Google Translate. I’m sure it’s not completely accurate, but for these simple words I felt it would suffice. If you want to do the same, just type your word into the box and choose the language from the drop down menu. Super easy!

However, this would work with any words you like. Consider using wedding vows, song lyrics, your favorite poem – the possibilities are endless.

Step 2: Head to Wordle.com.

Add your desired words into the box on the homepage. You can also add a URL to pull words from your blog!

Once you click “Go” the fun really begins. You can edit the settings for language or to remove common words like “the” or “a”. If you copied over lyrics or a poem, you can change the case for all of the words to upper or lower. You can also choose to remove or keep numbers if they are included in your words.

The font is what really sets the tone for your art. As a budding font snob, I did find myself wishing more fonts were available, but in the end there are some great choices. Flipping through the fonts will change all of the words so you can see which suits you best.

 

The layout tab is my favorite! Here you can choose how to display your art. I’d start with deciding how many words you want horizontal or vertical. I chose mostly horizontal because I wanted to be able to read the majority of the words easily. Then, I recommend choosing your edges. Once you have an idea of what you like best you can choose to re-layout with the current settings. This will shuffle your words around. Keep doing this until you are happy and then move on to…

Color! You can choose from the layouts in Wordle or create your own to match your decor. I wanted to go with black and white, but with some gray. In the end my custom pallet is very similar to Ghostly.

Step 3: Print and display.

When you are happy with your art in Wordle, you can save it to the public gallery or print it out. I chose to print mine and saved them as a pdf in the process so that I have a saved version for future use.

Grab some frames, add your art, put them up on the wall, and sit back and admire your handiwork! Tada!

I hope this tutorial has helped motivate you to create your own beautiful word art and shown you how easy it can be.

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    • Emma
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    Having some fun with this but i can’t seem to save it, can you help as the only option on the program is to save it to the public gallery which i don’t want to do but want to save it to my computer so i can use it again if need be. Thank you

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      I'm not sure I was able to save them directly to my computer. I think I had to save them to the gallery. If I was able to save them, it was probably through the printing options where I would have chosen to save as a PDF on the print screen. Hope that helps and good luck.

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    It takes a bit of trial and error for you to be happy with your word art. If you want a main word to be bigger, I would recommend adding it to your copy a few more times. Remember, the words used the most show up the largest. If your art seems blank, try adding different words. These words will show up smaller and should help fill out the page. Be sure to try different settings under the layout tab. Here you can adjust how many words show up horizontally or vertically, and if your art is squared or rounded. These settings can make all the difference. Then when you find a setting you like, keep refreshing it until you get a layout you like. Just so you know I had about 20 different versions saved and probably went through close to 100 different refreshes.

    • tracyann
    • May 30, 2012
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    Hi Deanna! I have been practicing doing word art but I cannot create the same outlook you do. Is there anything you can advice so that I can make my presentation nice and cool?
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