I know you’ve seen them on your social media feeds. And I know you are thinking, these are adorable but I don’t have a cricut® and I am not going to buy a cricut® and so I will never be able to make these beautiful bulletin board letters. And then you hang your head and think about all the other things that you don’t have in your life, like a Ford Mustang convertible, an Instapot, a private jet and Tieks. (I really want a pair of Tieks).
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Well, you can just leave that pity party you are throwing yourself now, sit up straight and read on because I have got you covered on making your own letters and you don’t need a cricut®. But you do need:
- A computer/laptop running PowerPoint (or probably KeyNote – I don’t use it, but I think it is similar). Microsoft Word isn’t going to cut it.
- A printer
- Craft Knife (I like this X-acto knife because it has a good grip, and therefore more controllable, and it is distinguishable from my pens, i.e., I am not going to grab it by mistake. And if I did it’s got a solid safety lid.)
- Bright colored paper (I like astro-brights)
- A black sharpie
- Fonts you love
- All the time in the world (I think I hear Louis somewhere), or at least a set amount of undisturbed time
- Heaps of patience
(Really though, they are not difficult at all to make once you get the hang of them. Cutting is the worst part)
Find your font and install
I think that is pretty awesome, and so if you do decide to use her fonts for this project, go ahead and make sure you show some love by leaving feedback. I have a commercial license for this font (and for many more) as I use them in my product creation (you can check out my store here).
Before we get started:
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- Choose your font. Download, and install your font. I am not going to go into details on how to do that, because every computer and operating system is different. One tip I have found helpful is not to have any applications open other than your browser. Install the font and then open PowerPoint. If PowerPoint (or any other MS Office) product is already open you won’t be able to find the new font. If that happens, close everything down and then open up PowerPoint. It should be there.
- Get rid of any text boxes that are lurking around on the slide – to do that just click the edge of the box and delete on your keyboard.
and hit enter
At this point you can play around with the size. I wanted to fit two letters to a piece of landscape letter paper, so 550 worked for me. Using a different font will require a different size. If you want even bigger letters, you could work with a slide in portrait mode. I stuck with landscape mode because many of my letters were actually wider than they were tall.
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You can see here that my B is hanging off the page. Click the letter to make the box reappear and then click and drag so that the letter is on the page.
That’s it! You have made your first letters. If you are looking for a fancier, curlier take-that-teachers-of-instagram font (I know that’s what you want, that’s what EVERYONE wants), I like ‘Coffee Mug’ from A Perfect Blend on Tpt. You will need to pay for this font. It is curly and beautiful and thick and chunky – just what you need to make your bulletin board letters pop! Oh, and I hope you are signed up to receive my emails and blog alerts for when new posts are published. Both are at the bottom of the page.
I will be making letters for our ocean/pirate themed classroom – check out this FREE octopus and these fan circles that I made earlier this summer in preparation.
Until next time!