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Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {Beginner Tutorial}

I love monograms! And this simple vinyl monogram is an easy project for beginners. This tutorial will show you everything you need to know for your first monogram vinyl project.

I’ve loved using the basics of this tutorial to create a monogram printable or monogrammed wreath!

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

Ever since I bought my Silhouette Cameo last spring, I’ve been wanting to try out cutting vinyl. So, during their Black Friday sale, I finally purchased the vinyl starter kit and some other fun colors.

Since I’m a beginner vinyl user, I thought I’d share my first ever project. Just in case there are any other beginners out there! It wasn’t perfect, but I think the end result was worth it.

Part 1. How to Create a Monogram

Step 1. Download the Monogram KK font from dafont.com

Create pretty monograms with the free Monogram KK font!

Step 2. Install the Monogram KK font to your computer.

On my Mac, I opened my downloads folder and selected the “Monogram KK” folder and selected “install font.” It automatically installed on my computer.

How to make monograms by installing Monogram KK font to your computer.

Click here to find out how to install a new font on a PC.

This will make it automatically pull up on your font library in Silhouette Studio. If not, shut down the Silhouette Studio and re-launch it.

Step 3. Design your monogram in the Silhouette Studio. 

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

{Side note: for a married couple’s monogram, which is what I’m doing here, you put the initials in this order: wife’s first name initial, married last name initial and then husband’s first name initial. So mine is LNJ.}

Monogram KK font is designed to create the perfectly sized monogram when you type the outer initials in lower case and the middle, larger initial in upper case. So, that’s what I did. Now, when you’ve typed them all out the letters won’t be overlapping, which is what we want in this project.

Simple Vinyl Monograms are easy with this Silhouette tutorial for beginners!

So, I ungrouped the letters and moved them around until I got them to overlap exactly how I wanted. {I know the side initials aren’t exactly even, but I thought they looked best this way.}

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

Step 4. Weld the letters together.

Once everything is overlapping perfectly, weld the letters together. This connects and re-groups the letters automatically and you have one single design.

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}
How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

Isn’t she pretty? I was getting excited at this point!

Step 5. Scale your monogram to make it fit your project. 

I don’t think I’ve told you yet, but I was putting my vinyl on top of a frame. So, it would be sticking to the top of the glass. I made sure to measure the inside of the frame. Just because it’s an 8×10 frame doesn’t mean your design can be that big. 🙂 I made mine about 7.5 x 9.5 because I wanted it to fill the frame up.

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

I scaled my monogram to exactly the size I needed it to be, which meant it became a little skinnier that it had been originally.

Part 2. How to Cut Vinyl to Create a Monogram

Step 6. Cut your Monogram with the Silhouette.

Now we’re ready to cut! This part is easy-peasy. I used a new cutting mat I just ordered, because my old mat isn’t very sticky and I found the vinyl wanted to roll up on it.

What you’ll need:
1. Vinyl <<— my favorite vinyl brand
2. Transfer Paper
3. Cutting mat
4. Hook
5. Scraper
6. Silhouette cutting machine <<— this bundle has everything you’ll need to get started!

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

I cut my vinyl to a little larger than my design and placed it on the cutting mat.

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

And then I just loaded the cutting mat (make sure you select “load cutting mat,” not “load media” on the Silhouette).

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

And I followed the settings in the Silhouette Studio for vinyl and clicked “cut.” Easy!

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

Step 7. Weed away the non-essential parts of the vinyl.

Then you just peel up the vinyl that isn’t part of your design.

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

I used my new hook tool to weed the smaller pieces of vinyl inside the design.

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

Now it’s ready to be transferred AKA here comes the tricky part!

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

Step 8. Transfer your vinyl with transfer paper.

Cut a piece of transfer paper to the size of your design. (It comes in a roll and is pictured in my supplies picture.) Then peel off the backing from the transfer paper. You’ll have a thin, sticky piece of paper left. This is the tricky part: lay it sticky-side-down on to your design. Press the scraper tool all over the design to make sure it’s good and stuck.

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

You can see how I had a few wrinkles in the top of mine. It was kind of hard to get it straight on there, but I did the best I could.

Then you’ll slowly peel away the design from its backing. You’ll now have the design {in reverse} stuck to your transfer paper. Now your monogram decal is ready to be placed wherever you want!

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

I attempted to place the design down on the glass from my frame, but I couldn’t really see what I was doing. So, I placed the glass on top of the design. This seemed to work much better.

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

Turn your frame over and press down on the design with the scraper tool. This will make sure the design is good and stuck, and also remove any air bubbles. Then slowly peel away the transfer paper.

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

And voila! Just like that you have a pretty framed monogram. I placed a piece of white cardstock in the frame as a background. But I think it would look good in an empty frame with the wall color showing through, or even something fun like burlap or fabric behind it.

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

I love how it looks on my gallery wall! {Read more about my gallery wall HERE.}

Let me know if you try it or have anything to add. Like I said, this is my first vinyl project so I know I still have a lot to learn. I’m a little like the blind leading the blind. 🙂 So, any vinyl experts out there, feel free to pass on your tips and tricks!!

How to Create a Simple Vinyl Monogram {A Silhouette Tutorial for Beginners}

Tell me below in the comments which items you’re going to monogram first!

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46 Comments

  1. I’m definitely going to need this tutorial soon! You’re being featured on Sunday Features {Give Me The Goods} and will be on my FB page tomorrow too 😉
    Hugs,
    Jamie

  2. Love this! I have been making monograms with my silhouette for a couple of years, using cardstock and scrapbook paper. Your idea of applying vinyl to the glass frame will be a great alternative for me! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I’m a sucker for Monograms and am loving how this turned out! Thank you for linking up to the Hit Me With Your Best Shot Link Party…I’m featuring you this morning on OneKriegerChick!

    Happy Weekend!
    ~Ariean

    1. The first project I did was with just some scrapbook paper I had on hand. It ate the paper because I had such a hard time getting it up. Now I have two mats, one that has lost a bit of the stickiness and I use it for paper. And the newer, stickier one for vinyl. I can’t wait to see some of your projects!

  4. You did a great job on both the project and the tutorial. And I didn’t know about that Monogram font, so thanks for the source for it.

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