Monograms are very popular and a great way to personalize handmade gifts. I wanted to share two gifts I recently made for some close friends of mine in celebration of their “I Do’s”.
The first project was made with pallet wood, paint, and stencils I cut with my Cricut Explore. This was a first time making stencils for me and I was flying by the seat of my pants with my Cricut! That said, I am happy with the result and so were the bride & groom!
I didn’t use a primer or do a ton of sanding (I did remove any rough edges) because I wanted a more rustic appearance. The next step was to design and cut the stencils on my Cricut Explore. This took some trial and error, the machine was new and I really was “learning as I went”. Plus I had to determine the fonts I wanted to use and their sizes. After a few trial cuts on card stock I was able to cut the stencils and place them on the pallet wood (after it the paint dried) with painter’s tape.
The most important thing to remember when stenciling is to make sure you remove excess paint off the “dabber or brush” (onto a paper towel-you want it nearly dry) before “pouncing” and to hold your stencil down in the areas you are painting so you don’t get paint “under” the stencil (“bleeding”). But don’t panic if you do, you can always go back and touch up with a fine brush! After all the stenciling was done and completely dried I took a very fine sandpaper (220 grit) and very lightly sanded over the entire piece to “rustic-it-up”!
Here it is in it’s new home. I’m happy to say that Jen and Rich absolutely love it and I’m honored its placed in such a prominent place in their home!
My second project is for a couple that actually married last year and celebrated this year! This time I used a canvas I purchased at AC Moore. Coincidentally, their color schemes were similar. A dark gray background and a very lightly stenciled pale gray chevron print was applied to the entire canvas. I cut the monogram and it’s background out of cardstock and decoupaged them onto the canvas. (This was before I discovered adhesive vinyl.) It’s hard to see with the glare from my camera (sorry) but it’s a “B” & “G”–they still haven’t decided on how they are going to hyphenate their last names, so I had to do some thinking with this one!
I used the Cricut vinyl applique method with all the lettering–so much easier than making a stencil. Applied them according to the instructions and done!
I am so happy with these projects and feel I have truly given a gift from my heart to these two amazing couples. They absolutely loved their gifts!
Here are a couple of other examples of using monograms in your home decor.
Monograms can be incorporate into just about anywhere in your decor–pillows, wall art, clothing, linens, even on furniture and they really make beautiful, personalized gifts too!
The post “Monogrammed Decor- The Perfect Personalized Gift!” was first seen on The Decorated Nest and was written by Karen L Ploransky