Can’t find the popular Rae Dunn ornaments anywhere? Here’s how to make them in less than 10 minutes – with a Sharpie!
I don’t know what it is about Rae Dunn stuff, especially the large letter items. I just LOVE them. I’ve got a ridiculous number of mugs…but I kinda want the Christmas ones now too. And I finally found my ‘unicorn’ (the one thing that I really wanted – an LL Pour pitcher) a couple of weeks ago. But, no matter how hard I’ve looked, I can’t find the ornaments anywhere that her products are normally sold (in Canada that’s Winners, Marshall’s or Homesense). So, in the meantime, I decided to make some of my own for a Christmas ornament hop with The Happy Housie and some of my other blog friends (scroll down to see their projects).
Of course, I looked online to see if anyone else had made their own Rae Dunn inspired ornaments. And while there are a few tutorials, most of them included using a cutting machine of some sort (like a Cricut or Silhouette). But I know that some of you likely don’t have one of those. So, I thought up another way to make them…with a Sharpie!
How to Make Rae Dunn Ornaments with a Sharpie!
The reason that everyone loves to make Rae Dunn ornaments with a cutting machine is that you can use a font called Skinny that mimics the look of Rae’s hand-lettering very closely. But if you remember one key thing, you can copy it with your own handwriting fairly simply.
To mimic the large letter style hand-lettering of Rae Dunn, mentally divide each letter’s height in thirds. Then keep the horizontal parts of your letters – like the line across an A or the top two horizontal lines of an E – in the top third of the letter. Then just print slowly, keeping each letter tall and thin.
- matte white ball ornaments, OR
- white plaster ornaments with a coat of flat craft paint, OR
- black matte ball ornaments
- black Sharpie for white ornaments, OR
- white Sharpie for black ornaments
1. Choose which kind of ornament you will use and prep it if needed. I used flat round plaster ornaments, which I came to discover needed a coat of white paint (you could also use a flat varnish) before I wrote on them. Otherwise the dry, chalky plaster would come off on the Sharpie tip and render it useless as a writing instrument! So, if you’re using a matte white or black ornament, you’re good to go. But if you choose plaster or another kind of ornament, you will need to add a coat of matte paint before moving onto step 2.
2. Remembering to keep the letter’s thirds in mind, begin printing your letters onto your ornaments. If it helps, looks at any Rae Dunn items you have already. Or look up photos online. Use words for Christmas like:
- reindeer names
Now, just hang and enjoy!
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AND! Today I’m super excited to be sharing my ornament as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas series! Check out what my talented friends are sharing today…