DIY Monogram Tutorial
This is the summer of weddings for us. We’re attending four, three of which I’m standing in, as a Bridesmaid. Lets just say things are a little bit crazy. A maker that I follow on Instagram creates these round monograms, and it inspired me to try something like this on my own. I thought it would make the perfect shower gift!
So I figured I’d show you all what I did, and give you instructions in case you wanted to make one of your own!
NOTE: I will tell you in advance, the way I drew the letter B did not require the “insides” of the B, so I cut this right through, if you wanted to use a more simple font, you may have to add a backer in order to accommodate, in this case, you should probably add an extra piece of ½” plywood to your order below!
How to make a wood Monogram:
What I used:
1 x ½” Plywood 24” x 24” works perfect!
1 x ¼” Red Oak Plywood (cut in 4” strips)
1 x Wood glue
Drill & Drill Bits
Dremel with Sanding attachment (Optional)
Stain of your choosing
Rollers & Brushes
Spray can of clear coat.
Wall Hanging Hardware
Printer / Computer Screen
Step 1: Using your wood glue, and your two types of plywood, glue your ¼” plywood strips onto the ½” plywood square. I used a dime as a spacer in order to get the ‘Shiplap’ effect. I only had two clamps, so I used a piece of MDF and clamped it on to the round. This way it would hold everything on snug while the glue dried
Step 2: Draw a circle. What I used was a cymbal l that Dave had lying around from his drum kit. I traced it with a pencil. If you don’t have anything round to trace, you can measure out the centre of your board lightly hammer in a small nail and tie a piece of string that’s about 23” to one side, and on the other side, tie a pencil, you can then use the string as a guide for a perfect circle.
Step 3: Use your jigsaw to follow the line you drew. This next part may sound silly, but make sure you’ve got it on full speed, with a fresh blade in order for it to cut its cleanest. I didn’t realize at first, if I didn’t have it at full speed, it was splitting the wood. I just assumed if I only press the button halfway, it will move slower, but the fact is, you control how fast you push the saw, the speed of the blade doesn’t control that.
Step 4: Now you’ve got your nice round circle, take your palm sander and smooth out any grooves or nicks on the outside. The great thing about these, they’re designed to be a little more rustic.
Step 5: Plan your letter. If I were to do this again, I wouldn’t include the date, I love the look of it, but I think I would have been more comfortable just cutting the main letter, rather than painting the date on. I actually traced the letter B onto a piece of printer paper, off the screen of a computer, it sounds silly, but it was so easy to do. (and my printer was broken!) I then cut out the letter and used it as a template on the wood circle.
Step 6: I drilled a small hole in any of the “tight” corners so I could get the jig saw in and started cutting out the letter B. Take your time and follow your lines, they are your best friend. I found myself repeatedly blowing the shavings off the round.
Step 7: Sand down the insides of the letter. I actually used the palm sander to get a nice smooth finish anywhere the sander fit in. This is where the Dremel came in handy. I was able to use this to get into the tighter spots. My only problem was that the thickness was greater than the height of the Dremel.
Step 8: Once I had everything sanded down, as I liked it, I added my first coat of stain. You can use any type, I went a bit dark, but I knew I was going to cover it in white paint afterwards. Once your stain dries, (according to the manufacturers directions) add another coat and wait some more!
Step 9: I rolled two coats of white paint. I tried to avoid getting this on the insides of the B (and where I did, I sanded it down after!) You can use a cheap latex paint for this and it will work just fine. I used some left over trim paint I had.
Step 10: Lightly sand using a piece of sand paper (in the direction of the grain) to distress. I don’t recommend the palm sander in this case as it will be too strong, and take off more than the paint. I was a little more aggressive on the edges of the B, and the outside edges of the circle as I wanted to make sure the stain came through.
Step 11: This is where I painted the year 2017 on. I drew it on in Pencil first, to make sure I didn't screw anything up!
Step 12: Spray with a clear coat. We had a wood finishing clear coat that was meant for exterior use, but it worked well to seal the piece.
Step 13: Add the wall hanger to the back of your piece, hang and enjoy!
Do you think you will tackle something like this on your own? What do you think of the final project?