Monogrammed furniture, notebooks, totes and stationary are sought-after items in every store and catalog this spring.
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By using a few things from around the house and spending less than $10 at your local craft store, you can monogram just about anything you would like.
Believe it or not, it is very easy to create your own monogram stamps, and you may have everything you need to do it right in your own home. Take a look through your cupboards and extra crafting materials and get started!
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To create your own monogram stamps you will need:
- Empty jar, canister or lid
- Ink pad or paint
- Foam sheet of paper with sticky back
- Spray adhesive (if you do not have foam paper with a sticky backing)
- Craft knife or pencil and scissors
- Piece of cardboard
- Anything you would like to monogram (fabric, stationary, dishware, etc.)
Start making stamps:
Gather all of your materials.
Choose a font you like and size the letters to fit the items you would like to monogram. Print them out onto regular printer paper. I chose a font called Rokkit from PicMonkey.
Place printed paper over foam paper and place cardboard underneath if you plan to cut your letters with a craft knife.
Using a craft knife, trace each of your letters. They should cut through to the foam paper with ease. Make sure you are tracing your letter in reverse so that when you stamp, it will appear in the correct direction. If you do not have a craft knife, you can trace over each letter with a pencil, pressing firmly to imprint the letter onto the foam paper. Cut out the imprinted letter from the foam paper with scissors.
If you have foam paper with a peel-off backing, simply stick the cut-out to your jar or canister lid. If it does not have a sticky back, spray generously with spray adhesive and then press onto your jar lid for 30 seconds. Again, make sure you are applying your letter in reverse.
Place stamp on ink and cover all areas of the stamp's surface completely. If you are using paint, brush the paint on lightly to cover the stamp and ensure that there are no areas that will drip excess paint onto your material.
Firmly press stamp onto the surface you would like to monogram. Apply equal pressure to entire stamp for even application.
Using a paintbrush, touch up any areas that may not have been adequately covered. Let your design dry completely before moving to another surface.
Enjoy your custom monogram stamps — the possibilities are endless!