September 10, 2014

DIY Wedding Gift Idea – A Personalized Love Print


DIY Wedding Gift Idea 

I am always looking for gifts for weddings that are inexpensive but very personal. I have so many sweet friends getting married, but just can’t afford expensive gifts! While looking through Pinterest, I saw some adorable customized wedding framed art and I thought – I could make that! And I did. And I will. I will be making these for many years to come because this is the perfect gift idea! Check it out! 

Wedding Gift Pinterest Picture

This is the perfect wedding gift idea, but what about for an anniversary gift, too? I love everything about this DIY project and it really wasn’t too tricky. All you need is a computer with Microsoft Word (or similar software), a printer & a frame. Yep! That is it! 

Layer #1: The Background 

For this project you will want to start with your background. You have two options: you can customize your own personalized background OR use one our beautiful ready-made ones.


To personalize my framed art, I made my own background!

1. I opened up my basic Microsoft Word and copied the text of a love letter my husband sent me during a key moment in our relationship. {You can do the same or use the lyrics of a love song.}

2. I shortened the margins to my document to 0.2. My computer kept warning me that it wasn’t within the print margin, but it still worked!

3. Then, I changed the text to something a little fancier. I went with Janda Elegant Handwriting because it looks like someone actually wrote it. Next project I do I think I want to actually scan in a love letter from my husband so that it is his OWN handwriting. Wouldn’t that be cool?

4. Finally, I choose “justify text” so that the letter will fill up the entire page. The idea is to get as close to the edge as possible.

Sound too tricky? No worries! Leah Aldous, one of our fabulous designers, has created 3 unique backgrounds for you! Make sure to stop by her site and say “Thank You” for creating all of these! Check them out: 


1. This design has the lyrics to the love song “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

2. This design has the phrase “I Love You” in several different languages.  

3. This design has the definition of love

Aren’t these fun? Leah always does such a great job turning my ideas into a reality! 

Whichever background you choose, go ahead and print it out. I recommend printing onto card stock paper. Once your background is printed, you are ready to add the next layer! 

Layer #2 Overlay 

Now for the main focus – the overlay! For this one, Leah has designed 4 amazingly beautiful phrases. You can choose from: 


To print the overlay, place your recently printed background into the printer. Then, print the overlay! Warning: make sure you know which direction the design will print. I may or may not have accidentally printed upside down a few times! 


Now, you already have an adorable work of art and can frame it right now!

OR you can personalize it even more. Here is how:

Layer #3 Personalize It Even More! 

 This is where I think this project would be fabulous for a wedding gift. After you make one and have a template, you can just personalize it with the couple’s name and wedding date. Here is what you can do: 


1. Open up Microsoft Word (or similar software) and choose “Insert” and then“Text Box”. Click on your document and a text box will appear. 

2. Type in text you want. This is a great place to put the couples first or last name, their wedding date etc. I ended up doing two text boxes: 1 for the names and 1 for the wedding date. 

3. Choose a font. For my project I used Frebooter Script for the names and The Blue Cabin for the wedding date but there are thousands of free fonts to choose from! 


4. Now you want to position your text box to just the right place. On this step, it is somewhat of a guessing game. Place the text box about where you think it should go on the page and then print on a separate piece of paper NOT your final product with your background and overlay. Once that paper is printed, place it on top of your final background/overlay paper and hold it up to the light. You should be able to see if it matches up where it should go or not. Continue to adjust your text box and print like this until you have it in just the right spot! Hint: Also take into consideration the frame you will be using. Most likely you will place this in an 8×10 frame and your paper is 8.5 x 11. Remember that you will likely be trimming! 

Now you are ready to print! Place your final product with your background and overlay into your printer (make sure it is facing the correct way!) and print. You now have your final product! 


Find a cute frame and insert your work of art into the frame. Most likely you will need to trim your layered art work if you are going to use an 8×10 frame. This actually makes the product even better because it will put your background right to the edge! 


Although the steps seem lengthy, it really is super fast especially after you have made one! I couldn’t just make one so I ended up making some for friends too!


There are so many possibilities for this type of project! This would be a beautiful wedding or anniversary gift for any couple. I love that it can be done at home and is very inexpensive, but most of all, that it is personal! 

You can get all of Leah’s beautiful printables right here to get started on your own project: 



When you are done with your project – send us a picture of your creation and make sure to head on over to Leah’s website to see what other amazing things she has created! 

If you LOVE DIY projects like this you will adore “Two Little Lovers Sitting in a Tree” It is another great DIY project that is both personal AND inexpensive. Win-win! And, of course, our darling Can ‘O Dates is ALWAYS a hit for a Bridal Shower or Wedding Present!! 

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18 Responses to “DIY Wedding Gift Idea – A Personalized Love Print ”

  1. KpMcD says:

    Personalized word art is HUGE right now – I love the new addition of the layering. Beautiful!

  2. Alyssa says:

    I might try this! We did a hand fasting ceremony, and I have been trying to figure a way to put the vows on display as a gift for my husband. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Carisa Smith says:

    This is adorable! I must try it!

  4. Heather A. says:

    Just did this for a wedding present to go inside a nice frame! I did the L O V E letters in bold over the writing instead, but both ways looked beautiful. I love this idea AND your website, your site is always a ” go to” for crafts and gifts.

  5. Rachel says:

    I just did the personalized print. I love it. I’ve been looking forever how to frame a love poem my husband wrote to me. It turned out great. I did my own large print that does in the middle. I just typed Love Poem. in the middle. Thanks for the idea. It’s our 7th anniversary this weekend. and this will show him how much I love the poems he writes to me.
    By the way I just wanted to say how much this website has helped my marriage in the past 6 months. We were kind of getting in a rut. But by doing some of the dates on this website it was giving me a new found excitement for my marriage. It’s so much fun.

  6. Sarina Sarina says:

    Rachel –

    I am so glad that you enjoyed this! I am sure it turned out beautifully! It is such a great gift to give. I am so glad that you found our site and appreciate hearing how it has affected your marriage!

  7. Julie says:

    Love this idea!! What size font did you use? And if it doesn’t fill up the entire page, do you just repeat?

    • Sarina Sarina says:

      The font I used for the names was Janda Elegant and it is set at 80. Depending how long your names are though you will have to play with what looks the best for you!

  8. Gabby says:

    How did you get the hearts on the date?

  9. Amanda says:

    OMG! This is the cutest idea! We always give money for wedding gifts, but that’s so impersonal. I like to tack on a cute diy gift too! This is perfect for the one we’re going to in a couple weeks. How do I download the templates that were made?

    • Sarina Sarina says:

      Amanda – I am glad you like it! It is seriously so simple but so personal! I had given some away and they have loved it! To download the templates you will see this phrase at the bottom of the post: “You can get all of Leah’s beautiful printables right here to get started on your own project” and then there are large pink words that say “BACKGROUNDS” and “OVERLAYS” You can click on those words to start your download! I hope that helps! Enjoy!

      • Anne Hacker says:

        The link is not working! Could you help me please?! I need them for a gift I’m giving soon! Thank you!

        • Sarina Sarina says:

          I am sorry you have had issues accessing the printables! I just sent you an email with the printables attached. Please let me know if you do not receive them!

  10. Rebecca says:

    I do not see where to access the pages referenced above. It just keeps showing me a picture when I click on which number I want to use.

    • Sarina Sarina says:

      Rebecca – I am glad you found this post! Hopefully you are able to make a beautiful gift! To download the templates you will see this phrase at the bottom of the post: “You can get all of Leah’s beautiful printables right here to get started on your own project” and then there are large pink words that say “BACKGROUNDS” and “OVERLAYS” You can click on those words to start your download! I hope that helps! Enjoy!

  11. Ashley says:

    I’ve done the first two layers and it looks great! I’m working on the names and date now! How did you do the hearts?

    • Sarina Sarina says:

      I am so glad you found this and are enjoying it so far! For the hearts, my word document program had a button with shapes and I just chose the heart shape, placed it between my numbers and then played with the color. I hope that helps!

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