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Create Signs using Word

Create Signs using Word,  no Stencils needed. Hand painted signs are still popular, creating them is as easy as using your Microsoft Word Program.  I show you how step by step.

My Harvest sign tutorial is one of my most popular. When I create signs using WORD it is much less expensive than using stencils or fancy cutting machines. I figured you would like to know how to create your own signs too.
(I updated this post for newer versions of WORD)

Create Large Signs with Word

There are a lot of screen shots for you to follow as I attempted to make this as comprehensive as possible.

Get Started

Start with opening Microsoft Word program and choose Blank Document.  (note: I am working with Word 2007)

I have the subscription for the Microsoft Office from here.  I have had it a few years and it has paid for itself 10 times over.  Broken out over a year it is less that $5 per month.

I am now using a new Word program, this tutorial works for the newer Word too but for one detail which is noted at the end of this post.

Create signs using WORD, easy enough for beginners

Start in the Home tab of Word.


Now choose your Font.  Click the arrow next to the font box and a drop down menu appears  I have many extra fonts that I have found by searching around for free fonts and I have some on my Fonts Pinterest board.  For this Demo I chose Calligrapher, it was a font I found online for free.

You can also get weekly free fonts from Creative Market. Just sign up for their emails and they have freebies each week.

Create signs using WORD, easy enough for beginners

Wording or Lettering for your DIY sign

Type the word you wish for your sign.  If you don’t like the font you chose then highlight the word, (left click on mouse and drag cursor over word) and change it.

Create signs using WORD, easy enough for beginners

Obviously this is not big enough for a large sign so now you need to enlarge the font size.  Making sure the word is highlighted go up to the size box and highlight the number in the box.

Create signs using WORD, easy enough for beginners

Make the Font Bigger

Note the drop down menu only goes to 72 and that just won’t cut it so that is why we highlight the number in the box then type in a larger number.  I keep testing numbers until I find one that I think is large enough.  I know my paper is 8.5 x 11 so I eyeball what the letters will actually be.

To use as much of the page size as I can I adjust the margins…

Create signs using WORD, easy enough for beginners

Go to the Page Layout tab in word and open Margins.  It will give you several choices and I pick Narrow, which is half an inch all the way around.  There is a custom margins option but for some reason I have not been successful in getting it to do what I want so I stick with the Narrow option.

If I want the lettering to be wider that tall I switch the page Orientation to landscape.

Create signs using WORD, easy enough for beginners

The Orientation tab is right next to the Margins tab in your toolbar.

Budget Friendly

Since I am frugal and don’t want to waste a ton of black ink by printing solid letters (especially when all I want is an outline), I make sure to change that.

Create signs using WORD, easy enough for beginners

The sign word should still be highlighted, right click your mouse as you hover over the first letter of the word and this menu should drop down.  The 4th choice down is Font, click on that and it will open up another menu for you.

Create signs using WORD, easy enough for beginners

You will note I clicked on two of the boxes, one is Outline and the other is Shadow.

Design Options

Use Shadow if you want to add dimension to your lettering by painting a shadow on your sign but this is optional, you can just click Outline and the letters of your word should turn white with just a narrow outline.  (which obviously uses much less ink than solid letters)

Create signs using WORD, easy enough for beginners

Print your DIY sign wording / lettering

Now you are ready to print.  Preview your pages to get an idea of what it will look like,  some of the letters could be cut off and it is better to find out now rather than after printing.  Adjust the size of your font to make it fit the paper.

Create signs using WORD, easy enough for beginners

It happens and if I want that particular size I just fudge in the rest of a letter when I paint the sign or I choose a smaller font, print the word then enlarge it by scanning and using the enlarge feature on my printer.


Once I have printed out my letters I line them up along a center line and tape the pages together making sure I have even spacing between.  Then I transfer the letters to my surfaces and fill in.


My newer WORD program works just the same except for one change to get the lettering an outline you need to do these two steps.

When you pick you font, change the color to white by clicking the theme color button on the tool bar.

Create signs using WORD, easy enough for beginners
Create signs using WORD, easy enough for beginners

Next you need to choose Outline on the toolbar,  then the color of the outline, you can use full on black but I use a grey as you can see by the highlighted box in the color choices.  

And the rest is the same so go create signs using WORD!

Create signs using WORD, easy enough for beginners

To see the post on hand painting lettering just CLICK HERE.

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I wish you Happy Painting!

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Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

I've used WORD for lettering for quite a while now but I never knew the trick of enlarging the size of the font. I always printed the largest then spent lots of time trying to enlarge the printed letters on my copy machine. And to think of all the ink/toner I've wasted on my printer and the copy machine. What a time saver this will be. Thank you so much for the easy to follow instructions. I will think of you next time I use WORD for lettering. I always look forward to your emails. There is always good information in them!!!


Tuesday 28th of August 2018

Thank you so very much for the step-by-step instructions! I did not even know I could do so much with Word!!


Wednesday 29th of August 2018

I know there is so much I did not know about the basic programs we have and taking a course can make all the difference on utilizing all the features of just Microsoft Office alone. I had used Quickbooks for years before I took a course in it and I was blown away on what all it could do that was so helpful in my work.


Tuesday 19th of September 2017

Thank you for the detailed instructions Do you use a wall paper or scrapbook page for the background? ( pumpkins, leaves, flowers ) Linda C in Seattle


Tuesday 19th of September 2017

No, everything is hand painted. There are links at the bottom that take you to the other painting tutorials to create those as well. :)


Monday 18th of September 2017

Do you actually adhere the printed letters to the sign? Then do you use a protective seal? Beautiful work!


Monday 18th of September 2017

Here is a link to how I paint them on the signs. I don't adhere anything, I paint them.


Friday 16th of December 2016

What a great idea! Never would have thought to use word. Thanks so much. Merry Christmas!

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