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How To Make Your Own Font

I’m always on the look out for new ways to take a more personal approach to blogging so when I came across a font making app called iFontMaker, I had to give it a whirl. I’m sure the many graphic designers reading this will roll their eyes at my amateur first try, but I am so proud of my new font that I’m going to show you anyway.

Make Your Own Font

I put together my own font in about an hour and called it Happy Holly. Making it inspired me to try doing a few more in the future. It’s a great way to pretty up a blog post, don’t you think? Especially if you create your own font and you don’t distribute it publicly – then only your blog posts will have your font. How cool!

Make Your Own Font

When it comes to Happy Holly though, I’m not keeping it to myself because you may like to have it to play around with on cards, gift tags or anything else –  maybe your blog post collages? You are welcome to use it but only for non-commercial use only please though I seriously doubt anyone out there would get rich using my font. But I had to say that anyway.

Make Your Own Font

What do you think, care to try this at home? It’s simple! If you want to make your own font, you’ll need to download the iFontMaker app from iTunes on your iPad. You can use a pen (I suggest the Bamboo CS100W Stylus for iPad in White) made for tablets or simply, your finger – I used both for this font. Creating something very personal like this is a nice way to pretty up your blog posts with your own touch…


Note: In the “Be So Happy” graphic I combined Happy Holly with a free font called Sail.

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted by decor8 in Blogging on January 31, 2013

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  1. Sammy commented
    January 31st, 2013 at 5:49pm

    AH I have been waiting for something like this!!!! Thank you!

  2. cuartadeseis commented
    January 31st, 2013 at 5:55pm

    I love your font! I’ts a shame it hasn’t accents (I’m spanish and we use them). I want to try this app too. Thank you for sharing it!

  3. Jahje commented
    January 31st, 2013 at 6:04pm

    I love this app and it’s part of why I was so excited to finally get an ipad. Such a great way to create a font in no time!
    Jahje´s last blog post ..Win a Mobile & Love for Baby Jives Co

  4. Denacho commented
    January 31st, 2013 at 6:04pm

    i like the font but it’s too light to really see in any of the documents i used it in. maybe i’m doing something wrong, but it barely shows up.
    Denacho´s last blog post ..A New Year New Projects

  5. decor8 commented
    January 31st, 2013 at 6:12pm

    @denacho -try sizing it up or using it against a darker color with white letters or opt for using it in black against white

  6. Jutta von Kreativfieber commented
    January 31st, 2013 at 6:20pm

    Hi Holly,
    I have a tip for everyone who doesn’t own an ipad and still wants to create fonts! I found the website . You only need to print a template, fill it out and upload it again, and then they will transform it into your own font! I tried it and I am super happy with my font (wrote a blog post about it today ;) )
    Jutta von Kreativfieber´s last blog post ..Fundstück: Eigene Fonts erstellen

  7. Lauren commented
    January 31st, 2013 at 6:47pm

    How fun!
    Lauren´s last blog post ..learning

  8. Amantha commented
    January 31st, 2013 at 7:22pm

    I really like, your font.

    Buuuuuut I cannot wait to try making one, ASAP! Thank you for sharing this find. It is really a gift. I am running to the App Store…

  9. Marloes commented
    January 31st, 2013 at 7:52pm

    I so want to try this!

  10. R. Joyce commented
    January 31st, 2013 at 9:15pm

    I love the things you introduce to us. This would be fun when during different printables.
    R. Joyce´s last blog post ..DIY Project: Closet Home Office (series 2)

  11. Jessica @shimmerkai commented
    January 31st, 2013 at 9:19pm

    Definitely going to do this…thanks for sharing!
    Jessica @shimmerkai´s last blog post ..Hello February!

  12. Northwestern Extract commented
    January 31st, 2013 at 9:23pm

    This is actually a really cool app. I’m going to have to check this out. I really really like the idea behind making your own fonts.

  13. Inge commented
    January 31st, 2013 at 9:34pm

    How cute and fun this looks! You get happy just by looking at the yellow and the colors. And as a bonus we can download it: so thank you so very much for sharing! I cannot wait to try the whole thing out. It sounds like it’s super easy to do but I’ll have to wait and see since I’m not that particular handy with apps and that sort of stuff. :-) Haha!
    Inge´s last blog post ..Day of Poetry – Sukha Amsterdam

  14. Tracy commented
    January 31st, 2013 at 9:59pm

    I LOVE Happy Holly font! TRULY happy! I had to giggle out loud when you said you’re sure graphic designers will roll their eyes. It seems to sum up plenty I’ve worked with. Lovely, talented people, but DO NOT think you can begin to know or touch the elusive, complex field of graphic design! It must be harder than medical school! Good for you for forging ahead and, in my mind, succeeding beautifully!
    Tracy´s last blog post ..PERSONALIZED Horse Print in Pink Damask by MakingHappy

  15. l o v e l y t h i n g s commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 12:09am

    This is so great…I love YOUR font…what a perfect name! I’m so glad you introduced us to something new and fun. And Tracy’s comment made me laugh!
    l o v e l y t h i n g s´s last blog post ..letter love

  16. Amanda // Paper & Crush commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 12:59am

    LOVE this and I’m a GRAPHIC + WEB DESIGNER! You did a fantastic job. :)

  17. Sibylle@Funkytime commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 2:07am

    Looove it! Just made one!

  18. Chris Wiltshire commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 2:15am

    I am a graphic designer and also founder at Wallboss and I have to say I really like this font!

    You will always get desigers that think everything is impossible but everyone starts somewhere!.

    With creativity there isn’t any right or wrong! Have fun, explore, create and learn!

  19. Lyriel commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 3:44am

    Thanks for sharing Holly, I loved it !!
    Lyriel´s last blog post ..Bedside table ideas

  20. Kate Luella commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 4:43am

    Hi Holly!
    I also have made my own font on that free online site MyScriptFont (like Jutta said above) but it was fidly, and slow, and after doing it once, i couldn’t work on it ongoing. So, I bought this APP you said today, after checking reviews etc on iTunes – what a difference.
    I can upload, edit, play with it email it, wow – FANTASTIC – thanks so much for suggesting it, it is exactly what I was looking for.
    I was even about to use Adobe Illustrator to create my own fonts (I have a few in mind) but this is a way better way of doing it!
    Thanks Hun!
    :) Kate

    (PS I don’t comment often on your blog, but I’ve been reading for years, I subscribe to your email list which is why i browse and delete! I have the same problem with my blog – people view online but dont’ visit… :( oh well!
    Kate Luella´s last blog post ..Summer in Sorrento…

  21. Amberly commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 5:27am

    This is great! I’m totally bookmarking this, because I am pretty inept when it comes to graphic design – mainly because I don’t have the applications to do it. I appreciate a good font though!

    PS you are hilarious… I laughed out loud at your required “not for commercial use” comment.

    Have a great weekend!!
    Amberly´s last blog post ..In Love With The Woodsman

  22. Marjory commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 6:11am

    OMG. Gorgeous. Can’t wait to try my own font! Wheeee

  23. Desha Peacock commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 2:31pm

    I love that you are so keen on learning new things Holly! You are not afraid!
    Desha Peacock´s last blog post ..One Thousand Love Letters

  24. valerie commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 3:39pm

    Hello! Do you think they have this for ipad mini? :)

  25. Rincy K commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 4:12pm

    Happy Holly font = AH-Mazing.

    (I was going to write amazeballs. But. Yeah.)

    Rincy K´s last blog post ..Pep Talk

  26. Danette commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 4:16pm

    Very useful! Thank you for sharing your font.
    Danette´s last blog post ..Happy {February} + Free Download

  27. Silky Hart commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 4:24pm

    I’m so intrigued by making my own font! Didn’t even know this was possible. As always, you are a fountain of inspiration and ideas that I love!
    Silky Hart´s last blog post ..Vision Board Workshop

  28. Laurence W commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 6:32pm

    That’s fun ! And nice name as well!

  29. Ricki commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 7:14pm

    it’s so cute! thank you for sharing your little creation!

  30. Margarida commented
    February 1st, 2013 at 11:08pm

    Wow! This is great :-) O love your “Happy Holly Font” :-) I wished I could give the app a try…
    Margarida´s last blog post ..Pano pra Mangas featured in Making Magazine

  31. Squeeze Cuddles commented
    February 2nd, 2013 at 2:45pm

    Thank you for sharing Holly. Love the Happy Holly font. I’ll have to download this app and create my own font ~ Julia

  32. Squeeze Cuddles commented
    February 2nd, 2013 at 2:49pm

    Thank you for sharing. Will have to try out this app. Happy Holly font is beautiful ~ from Julia

  33. Chrystina commented
    February 2nd, 2013 at 10:03pm

    This is incredible. Now I just need to find somebody with an ipad. I’m so excited about this. I feel like I could devote an entire weekend to just making fonts.
    Chrystina´s last blog post ..boy meets world valentines

  34. RSA Online commented
    February 4th, 2013 at 9:20am

    This is sooo exciting. I love this tutorial.

  35. PIEN. commented
    February 4th, 2013 at 12:16pm

    Very nice and inspiring! I hate it that I’m at work now because I want to try it myself!
    PIEN.´s last blog post ..WASKNIJPERLIJN.

  36. Rebecca commented
    February 4th, 2013 at 8:39pm

    The “Happy Holly” font is so cute!
    Rebecca´s last blog post ..Lovely Heart Surprise Cakes for Valentine’s Day

  37. Pamela commented
    March 29th, 2013 at 12:58am

    Great font, I think it will work well with my electronic cutter and a pen. I cannot wait to try it!
    <3 Pam
    Pamela´s last blog post ..My Life In Arts’ n Crafts Birthday hop

  38. Dana commented
    April 6th, 2013 at 12:41am

    I have to try this. Thanks, Holly!

  39. Vero commented
    April 26th, 2013 at 8:21pm

    It there an app like this for android?? Loved it!

  40. Jill commented
    June 28th, 2013 at 12:41pm

    I love this font. Will use it on a personal t-shirt project and make it look like chark board paint :) <3 thanks for inspiring me.

  41. Lexi commented
    April 9th, 2015 at 2:28am

    Great font! Always hard to find a font that is handwritten that isn’t too sloppy. Really nice readability! Great job and thanks for the share!

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