Thursday, September 2, 2010

Monograms & Giveaway

{Scroll down near the bottom of this post for the giveaway.}

You can monogram anything just about any way you can dream up. I have seen so many that I like. I saw this style in an online shop. I love it because it is a little different, but I sure didn't like the price--$22 per letter. Yikes! And, yes, that was PER LETTTER! I can do that and for a lot less! Here it is:

With supplies on hand or left over from something else, this project was FREE for me! For every single letter!! For my five letter set, that is a savings of $110 plus shipping - can you believe it?

[I have to qualify that a little because my husband had to buy a new circle jig for his router that was $25. But, it will be used over and over again for lots of projects, so I don't think you can attribute that price to this particular project. Even if you did, that amounted to buy one, get FOUR free!]

If I had to go out and buy new supplies, the first set would probably cost around $15 -$20 which is still less than one letter for the monograms I saw online. Remember, too, the next set (and several more!) would be free or nearly free if you use the supplies you now have on hand. That significantly lowers your bottom line for each set.

So, go make your set.
As a matter of fact, make two or three or more.

6 inch wood or MDF circles (1/2 inch or 3/4 inch thick)*
joint compound (if using MDF)
acrylic paints
scrapbook paper/cardstock
lettering - vinyl/cardstock/paper
Mod Podge
strong tape (I used carpet tape--it's amazing!)
picture hangers/nails
small nails or pins
*I noticed wooden plaques in Hobby Lobby that were about 6 inches. They were about $1.50 each and I think they would work perfectly for this project if you do not have a way to cut out wood circles. Another craft store might have more pre-cut wood choices, too.

{1} Cut MDF or wood to 6 inch diameter circles.

{2} Coat edges of MDF with joint compound. When dry, sand smooth. This will make a nicer edge for your MDF. If using wood, you do not need joint compound; just sand the edges smooth.

{3} Paint edges and face of circle. I also used a paint pen to add the "stitching" details.

{4} Adhere lettering using Mod Podge.
I used cardstock which I cut out with my Silhouette. If you don't have a paper cutter, never fear! I have cut many letters by printing them out on paper and then cutting around them to use as a pattern on the cardstock.

My letters were in a Times New Roman font and the size was somewhere around 516. The size changed a little depending on whether the letter was wide or tall.

You could also use vinyl for this, but I like the thicker paper and cardstock so it stands out a little more. (And, truthfully, vinyl and I really don't get along that well!) You can also trace around a pattern from your word processing program and then fill it in with paint directly on your wood circle.

{5} Cover the front and edges with at least 2 coats of Mod Podge; let dry completely between coats. I like always like 3 coats just to be sure it is covered and it is more durable.

{6} Cut a length of ribbon for each letter you are hanging. (Mine were about 18 inches, but I cut off a lot on the ends!)

{7} Tie a bow in the center of your ribbon.
{8} Center the ribbon/bow/tails and tape down the tails on the back side using strong tape. I used carpet tape which is super strong, but you can't pull it up and move it around or it won't stick anymore. The wood will hang from a picture hanger so the ribbon doesn't have to hold any weight, but it is a good idea to make sure it is secure.

{9} Put a picture hanger on the back and hang those letters on the wall.

Add a nail or small pin (I used 3/4 inch straight pins) to hang the ribbon since it isn't holding any weight. You can pull the loops of your bows a little tighter or let them out to adjust the height of the ribbons and to make them more even.
This is one of those projects that I love because there are so many options. Once I got started, I had a hard time stopping. I can think of so many ways to do these.

Here are a few ideas I started so I wouldn't forget them. 
They are (say it with me now!) quick and easy!
patterned letters on a plain background

plain letters on a patterened background

And, guess what? I can even make a BOY one, too!

You can paint the background with polka dots, cars, or stripes. Distress the edges of your letters, use chipboard, or even use glitter!

If you can think it up, you can probably make it!

There are so many possibilities!
Choose what suits your personal style and go to town.

Now, you know how I like projects that are quick and easy. This project truly qualifies  except for the wood. I haven't seen plain wooden circles like this anywhere. And, maybe you don't have a tool-filled garage or a husband who likes to use those tools!
 So, I am going to help you out.

This week, I will have a giveaway for

2 sets of wood (MDF) circles
 So you can make your own set - quickly and easily, of course!

How to win a set:

The rules are quick and easy simple:

1. You must be a follower of my blog (sign up on the sidebar widget to follow) and
2. Leave ONE comment telling me you love this craft and the name of the person for whom you want to make it.

(example: This is such a great idea! I love the way you think of so many possibilities. I'd love to make a set for Kristen.)

That's it! One comment and you are entered!
(International entries are okay as long as I can mail it to your country without major problems. Winner is responsible for applicable taxes specific to that country.)

Giveaway closes at midnight EST on September 7.
Winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 8.

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Michelle @ Delicate Construction,  said... September 2, 2010 at 12:34 AM  

I love the Avery one but that could be partly because that is my daughters name too!,  said... September 2, 2010 at 1:02 AM  

Awww!! My son's name is Jake! I liked them even before I saw that, now I just LOVE them. Thanks for linking!

Anonymous,  said... September 2, 2010 at 1:12 AM  

This is adorable!
i would love to make this for my 2 little cousins - Charlie and his baby brother due in Nov!

THanks for sharing!

-Hannah @

PS - I found you via the House of Hepworths linky.

Nancy,  said... September 2, 2010 at 1:26 AM  

Another great idea!!! I just bought some chipboard letters to make something for Aiyanna. Now I know what I'm gonna do!!!

taranicolearant,  said... September 2, 2010 at 2:22 AM  

I am in love with this idea! i love the E with the pattern! i think i would like to use them to hang on the wall above my clawfoot tub in my bathroom!

Katy,  said... September 2, 2010 at 3:55 AM  

Oh seems every project you have I just HAVE to make.... So I would either make our last name or "B & K" for hubby and me :o) Love, love it!

Márcia Chaves,  said... September 2, 2010 at 6:02 AM  

It sounds perfect!! Easy, beautiful and cheap!! I NEED one!!!rsrsrs. And my word would be HOME. Thanks for sharing!!

Márcia Chaves

Melanna,  said... September 2, 2010 at 6:37 AM  

I've been lurking your blog and I love your ideas. I LOVE this idea! I've been looking for a way to craft some monogram initials for my girls for above their beds and this is my favourite of the ways I've found. I want to do this for sure! Their names are Madelyn and Kaitlyn, but I would do MSH and KMH.

Natalie at Our Old Southern House,  said... September 2, 2010 at 6:54 AM  

This is soooo cute! I would love to make one for "Mary Margaert"...but that's 12, MMC would be just fine! :-) haha

Candace,  said... September 2, 2010 at 8:54 AM  

I don't have a name yet because I'm expecting, and we don't know the sex for another couple of weeks. I will say the name will either be Cullen or Reagan or Payton. I LOVE this project, and it really makes me want to go buy a paper cutter so I can do more than I already do!

Nicole-Lynn,  said... September 2, 2010 at 9:43 AM  

So cute! I am a new follower and would want to make these for myself. I'm getting married soon and would love to have our monogram, my first initial lower case, our married last name initial uppercase, and his first name initial lower case as well. I think it would look so cute! :)

Doreen,  said... September 2, 2010 at 10:21 AM  

Very cute - I altered some wooden letters also, in a different style. If you want to see what I created, here is a link to my post on this:
Have a great day!

Unknown,  said... September 2, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

these are awesome! What a terrific way to showcase your child's name in the room decor! I LOVE anything personalized! Thanks for commenting on our project as well! Looking forward to sharing more crafts in the future!

Kari,  said... September 2, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

I LOVE this! Thanks so much for the GREAT tutorial! I think this may be my most favorite way to add a name above a crib!!!

Kari,  said... September 2, 2010 at 2:24 PM  

p.s. how'd you get your page links (at the top of your blog, under your header) to be centered??? I can't figure it out!!!

Livin' on the Edge,  said... September 2, 2010 at 8:07 PM  

Love this idea, we are moving my daughter Merritt into a big girl bed and are in the process of redoing her room - these monogrammed would be an awesome addition!!

The Hall's,  said... September 2, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

These are PERFECT! Alyssa is getting a big girl room this month and I've been looking to redo her name in the room. Love, love, love it! As always...your ideas are great.

Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach,  said... September 3, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

I love it! These are so cute. Abigail would love to have this. We have been wanting to do this for a while, and I just haven't done it yet! I am now following!


Terrell,  said... September 3, 2010 at 2:51 PM  

I'm a happy follower and I'd love to win! These are truly adorable!! Way to go on creating such fabulous pieces!! :D Thank you oh so very much for linking your creations up at my party today! Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~
*Crosses fingers to win*

Michelle @ Delicate Construction,  said... September 3, 2010 at 8:22 PM  

I love how this came out! So much that I featured it in my Friday Fave 5 post, you should check it out!

Heather,  said... September 4, 2010 at 8:27 AM  

So cute! I made my own letters for my son, but they weren't nearly as adorable. I'd like to make these letters for my future daughter (I'm not even pregnant yet:) Her name will be Kylie.

Unknown,  said... September 4, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

I love these letters! And they seem so simple. I'm going to make some for my daughter's playroom. Her name is Ella. Thanks for the great tutorial! LOVE your blog!

Robin (RsIslandCrafts),  said... September 4, 2010 at 7:22 PM  

What a fun thing for the kid's room (and mine lol) I think I would make one for my daughter Miranda first.

Sheila Irish,  said... September 4, 2010 at 7:56 PM  

I absolutely LOVE this and think it would look fabulous with my Grandson, Diondré's name on it....=)

Thank you for the chance to win a set of MDF circles....

Mayzie,  said... September 4, 2010 at 8:54 PM  

I love this project! I've been looking to do one for my daughter Maggie, but those letters are so expensive! Thanks for the ideas!

Lindsay @ Diary of a Crafty Lady,  said... September 4, 2010 at 9:34 PM  

I am a new follower, and look forward to checking out your blog! I have definitely thought about making these on my own as well (although I do everything with paint and tracing if necessary - I dont have a cutting maching), but you are right, hard to find the circles.
Thanks for the opportunity to get some!!

catnap,  said... September 5, 2010 at 3:26 PM  

Arrived here via Mod Podge Rocks. One look at your banner and I was hooked, so now I'm a follower. Now I can hardly tear myself away from perusing your posts. Great stuff and wonderful directions. Jealous of the router and a DH that knows how to use it. Love the letter plaques - so many possibilities, but the name I'd like to immortalize is Jesse. Thanks (and thanks, too, to your hubby).

Cortnie,  said... September 5, 2010 at 8:53 PM  

This is SOO cute! That would be just the thing to put on Ella's empty bedroom walls ( least one of them). Even if I don't win I'll have to do it!

Pat,  said... September 5, 2010 at 10:21 PM  

I have been trying to come up with just what you made for my Granddaughter Ka'lea that would be just 5 letters, I would put the 'L on the some piece of wood but honestly was just looking for a way to do this very thing. Hope I win as I have 6 other grand daughters and 2 grandsons.Have a great day and keep up the good work. Pat at

Keya,  said... September 6, 2010 at 11:09 PM  

This is great! I have been looking for an idea for my baby sister who is about to have her first baby. It's a girl and her name is Tre'Vyonne. What a name!

Michelle B,  said... September 7, 2010 at 12:59 AM  

Thanks SOOOO much for this tutorial. Even if I don't win I am going to make one for my new baby Katelyn! It will finish her room perfectly!

Fiamar,  said... September 7, 2010 at 5:13 AM  

I just love this project, it's awesome!! I'd like to make a set for my nephew, Diogo. I'm sure he'll love it as much as I do!!

Kath',  said... September 7, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

I also saw these on a site made up. We must of landed on the same blog at one time or another. LOL
I can't get my husband to cut me the circles out for me your lucky girl. They are so cutem and you did a lovely job. I would have my Granddaughter Hanna as my winning name so I can finish decorating her room here. We are hoping to paint in a week or so and these would be pretty on her wall. Thanks for the chance to win something so cute. Kath' at dublshot@comcast.met and

Kristen,  said... September 7, 2010 at 8:12 PM  

What a great idea! I am now a follower and would loooooove to make one for my Trevor!

Kendra,  said... September 7, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

I am a follower now and have really enjoyed reading your blog - you have great ideas!

I would love to make one of these for our "pumpkin," Samantha!



saraban13,  said... September 7, 2010 at 11:46 PM  

awesome idea!! i love the way these letters look! so classy! i would love to make some for my daughter peyton!!! thanks for the chance to win!!!

Ashlee Marie,  said... September 11, 2010 at 8:13 PM  

It looks great! And a much better price than $22 a letter! CRAZY! What a great look for a kids room or nursery! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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