The DIY Ketubah

What would a DIY Ketubah look like? How do you make a cool and modern Ketubah yourself?

There are a few ways to approach this problem.

One way is to do it fully yourself, 100% home-made: Find text you like; choose the theme and design (perhaps directly onto a canvas, or perhaps digitally); source the materials you need to make it; create the artwork; review it with your Rabbi; print it out and deliver it.

This is for some people — particularly artists themselves — a fun project. This Is Not a Ketubah is a collective of artists and we pride ourselves on creating everything ourselves, with our own hands, in a sustainable way.

Often, though, if you haven’t spent a decade obsessing over how to create amazing designs, it just takes a lot of time to figure out how to create a Ketubah that looks amazing or awesome all on your own. Good art isn’t born overnight; it comes from years of focused obsession.

One solution that we advocate — and of course we are not unbiased! — is to work directly and personally with a high-quality Jewish artist in order for you two to create, together, a personalized, handmade, custom Ketubah.

This strategy has a few advantages, including:

  • You use both of your expertise: you know your tastes and what you love and what you don’t; an artist knows how to convert your tastes into something that looks great.
  • You don’t need to spend thousands of hours learning a new skill from nothing; you do what you do best, and work with someone else who does something else best.
  • During this process, you will get to know the artist very well: at least here at This Is Not a Ketubah, we don’t have a factory, but we build one-on-one relationships with each of our clients. You will learn about us, our art, our passions — and vice-versa. And you can even come to Buenos Aires to pay us a visit if you want! Great place for a honeymoon :)
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