Monogram 101: DIY Monogram stickers!!

With the summer season in full swing, my DIY projects are becoming more and more frequent! Since I have time on the weekends and after work on weeknights, I like to have something to fill that time up…and what better than to fill your time with, than a project!? I started DIY’ing last summer, grabbing tutorials from Pinterest (the ultimate DIY project finder). I created myself a board for inspiration and got right down to it. As soon as I began, I could not stop!

DIY_Monogram_StickersWell, this year, there is a second thing that I am obsessed with, and if you are an avid reader of Pearls and Polkadots, than you will know what that second thing is – monograms! In the past couple of weeks, I have covered my monogram wishlist, monogram etiquette and now I am giving you an easy and simple tutorial to create your own monogram stickers!!

Materials: 

  • Colour printer
  • Avery Print-to-the-Edge round labels {22817}
  • Silhouette Studio design software {free}

Creating your monogram. 

The first thing you will need to do, is design your monogram. For this, I use a free program called Silhouette Studio. This program is used for designing various pieces of artwork. Download the basic edition for this tutorial. Once you have downloaded it, open the program and select “design”, which will open a new, blank canvas.

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For monograms, there are many fonts that you can use. What is great about Silhouette Studio is that it pulls the fonts that you have on your computer. So if you want to go and download your own font, or use one you created, you can! For my monograms, I use a font I got a while ago called “Free Monogram Beta”. While on the blank canvas, select the text tool and type in your initials…

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If you like all of your initials to be the same size, then you can save your monogram graphic here (see steps below). However, I like my monogram to be fashioned in the traditional way (larger middle initial). In order to do that, select the two outer initials and downsize them accordingly (you can adjust the text size on the left hand menu).

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Once you have the sizing adjusted, you will want to rearrange your initials so that the letters interlock (like a traditional monogram). Right click on the text box you typed your initials in, and select “ungroup”. This will separate all of the initials, so that you can arrange them to your liking.

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Once your letters are interlocked and arranged the way you want them, select all of the letters by clicking and dragging your cursor over all of your initials, that way you are capturing the entire monogram at once. Once you have the initials selected, you need to weld the initials together.To do this, choose weld from the “Modify” menu on the right. By welding the initials, you transform the text to one shape that you can re-size and move around.

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This is what your welded monogram will look like:

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TIP: In order to change the colour and fill the shape, use the appropriate tools located across the top navigation panel (to the right of the screen). There, you will find icons for “fill colour” and “line colour”. For this tutorial, I changed my monogram to be outlined in hot pink, and filled with a softer pink colour:

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Saving your monogram.

Silhouette Studio is typically used for larger projects than this. Silhouette America manufactures a whole printing studio if you are doing projects with vinyl or harder material. I haven’t been able to save a .png or .jpeg of my monograms so far, so what I do as an alternative, is printscreen and save as an image using Paint.

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Printing your monogram.

With those simple steps, you have your monogram created!! Now, here is the fun part…printing your stickers!! You are going to need labels, first of all. The labels that I like to use are made by Avery. I use the round, print-to-the-edge glossy labels (22817). You can use any labels that you like, but what I love about Avery, is they provide an online label maker, where you can place your monogram, add a design, and know that they will be printed properly.

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In order to format your labels, go to www.avery.ca/print – there, you can type your template number into their database, and they will bring up the template for you to print your monogram on. All you have to do is import the image and you are good to go!!

Once you have your template designed and ready to print, hit the print button and watch your beautiful monogram stickers print out…

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…and enjoy your DIY monogram stickers!!

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This is my first DIY tutorial on Pearls and Polkadots and I am so excited that I got to bring you guys in on such a fun project that takes a few simple steps! Look forward to more of my summer DIY projects, and check out my DIY board on Pinterest to take a look at projects I have done in the past!!

Not bad for a style blogger… Enjoy!

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19 Comments

  1. July 3, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    LOVE THIS. I am a monogram queen and can’t wait to implement this once I get to my new house. I want to label my entire pantry. Be all fancy like those people on pinterest.

    • July 3, 2015 / 3:14 pm

      I have almost everything in my closet labelled using these DIY monogram stickers!! They are unbelievably addictive to make!!

  2. July 3, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    Those look amazing! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. July 3, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    AHHH thanks for sharing this.

  4. July 3, 2015 / 4:10 pm

    This was a great idea and something we can do for our daughters. Thanks! 🙂

    • July 3, 2015 / 5:57 pm

      Honestly, if I had kids, I would be labeling everything with their monogram – and this craft doesn’t just apply to monograms!! You any sticker you want with the round stickers 🙂 Definitely a craft for kids!!

  5. July 3, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    OMG! I never knew of a simple way to make monograms I always buy mine on Etsy!!!! I’m so doing this and SO sharing this! Love it!!!!!
    xo Adriana
    Daily Dose of Design

    • July 3, 2015 / 10:09 pm

      Thanks girl 🙂 I am going to try and share more monogram DIYs throughout the summer! Glad you like it 🙂

  6. July 3, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    Beautiful. And great job on your first DIY post. You did a great job explaining everything.

    • July 3, 2015 / 10:10 pm

      Thanks my dear!! My niche isn’t really to do with DIY, but I’m thinking of expanding into DIY because I love those projects and I find them to be so fun to write about!!

  7. July 7, 2015 / 3:10 pm

    Loved this tutorial! I’m a Cricut girl but always get a bit jealous because I find so many more Silhouette tutorials!

    • July 8, 2015 / 12:42 am

      Silhouette is really great and I love how much capability there is 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Shelly!!

  8. Allie
    July 19, 2017 / 1:32 am

    Hey my name is Allie and I love this! I want to put them on my sco notebooks. How do u make them perfect size for the sticker label and the background like the one with pineapples

  9. Allie
    July 19, 2017 / 11:43 am

    I also typed the product number in and it said they couldn’t find it

    • August 28, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      Hi Allie,

      Thanks for your comment. Due to this post being 1+ years old, the product numbers may have changed. I would suggest reaching out to the company who provided the labels.

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