How To Make Your Own Font

January 31, 2013

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.

How To 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!

How To 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.

How To 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)


  • Reply Sammy January 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm

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

  • Reply cuartadeseis January 31, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    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!

  • Reply Jahje January 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    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!

  • Reply Denacho January 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    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.

    • Reply decor8 January 31, 2013 at 6:12 pm

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

  • Reply Jutta von Kreativfieber January 31, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    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 ;) )

  • Reply Lauren January 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    How fun!

  • Reply Amantha January 31, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    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…

  • Reply Marloes January 31, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I so want to try this!

  • Reply R. Joyce January 31, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I love the things you introduce to us. This would be fun when during different printables.

  • Reply Jessica @shimmerkai January 31, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Definitely going to do this…thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Northwestern Extract January 31, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    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.

  • Reply Inge January 31, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    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!

  • Reply Tracy January 31, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    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!

  • Reply l o v e l y t h i n g s February 1, 2013 at 12:09 am

    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!

  • Reply Amanda // Paper & Crush February 1, 2013 at 12:59 am

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

  • Reply Sibylle@Funkytime February 1, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Looove it! Just made one!

  • Reply Chris Wiltshire February 1, 2013 at 2:15 am

    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!

  • Reply Lyriel February 1, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Thanks for sharing Holly, I loved it !!

  • Reply Kate Luella February 1, 2013 at 4:43 am

    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!

  • Reply Amberly February 1, 2013 at 5:27 am

    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!!

  • Reply Marjory February 1, 2013 at 6:11 am

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

  • Reply Desha Peacock February 1, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I love that you are so keen on learning new things Holly! You are not afraid!

  • Reply valerie February 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm

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

  • Reply Rincy K February 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Happy Holly font = AH-Mazing.

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


  • Reply Danette February 1, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Very useful! Thank you for sharing your font.

  • Reply Silky Hart February 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    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!

  • Reply Laurence W February 1, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    That’s fun ! And nice name as well!

  • Reply Ricki February 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm

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

  • Reply Margarida February 1, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Wow! This is great :-) O love your “Happy Holly Font” :-) I wished I could give the app a try…

  • Reply Squeeze Cuddles February 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm

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

  • Reply Squeeze Cuddles February 2, 2013 at 2:49 pm

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

  • Reply Chrystina February 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    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.

  • Reply RSA Online February 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

    This is sooo exciting. I love this tutorial.

  • Reply PIEN. February 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Very nice and inspiring! I hate it that I’m at work now because I want to try it myself!

  • Reply Rebecca February 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    The “Happy Holly” font is so cute!

  • Reply Pamela March 29, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Great font, I think it will work well with my electronic cutter and a pen. I cannot wait to try it!
    <3 Pam

  • Reply Dana April 6, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I have to try this. Thanks, Holly!

  • Reply Vero April 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm

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

  • Reply Jill June 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    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.

  • Reply Lexi April 9, 2015 at 2:28 am

    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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