Wednesday, September 14

Monogram Frame

Finally… I’m back in my craft room and it feels so good!!!

After a crazy summer, things are finally settling down around here and we are getting back to normal (Yippee).

I'm so glad you have stopped by...

Today, I want to share with you one of my “Go To” projects - Monogram Frame. It makes a great gift for a baby shower and/or a wedding present. I came across the idea (here) and adapted my own twist to this super simple project. 


This pretty little framed picture is one of several goodies that I'm making for a girlfriend who recently had a precious baby girl. She did Alexa’s nursery in bubblegum pink and green apple so this Monogram Frame will go perfect with her décor.

Honestly, there are endless possibilities for decorating this Monogram picture. I love the fun 3-D look you get by using different sizes and thickness of the alpha letter. I've made one with white background and glitter mixed in the paint, added a few tiny buttons and some twine (It was so cute - Sorry no pictures this was before I felt comfortable posting my projects). 

You can use almost any type of small embellishment (found in the scrapbook section of Craft Store) like a cow or monkey or even create one highlighting a favorite sports team. This is also a great project for all the re-purposed picture frames that you might have laying around the house (who me??).

Best of all, it’s a breeze to make and it’s easy on the wallet!

Side View

Here’s a list of supplies:

  1. Picture frame
  2. Thin Canvas or a heavy piece of cardboard measured to fit frame
  3. 1 Large Alphabet letter (chipboard)
  4. Various sizes and styles of Alphabet Letter - (I used medium size chipboard letters, then cut some letters (with my Cricut) out of cardboard and vinyl) You can buy stickers and pre-cut cardboard/chipboard letters if you don’t want/can't cut your own.
  5. 1 sheet of thin decorative paper or fabric to cover large letter
  6. 1 sheet of heavy card stock in background color (*only if using cardboard as canvas backing)  Note: Non-textured card stock works best.
  7. Embellishment (I used a flower from my scrapbooking stash). 
  8. Mod Podge – matte finish
  9. Acrylic Paint – foam brush & paintbrush
  10. Craft Glue  - clear
  11. Clear Acrylic Sealer – (optional) Only a light coat if you want to seal canvas


Different Size Letter
       Arrange Glue Paint
Mod Podge Letter         Paint Canvas            

Note: If you are repurposing your picture frame go ahead and paint it first so it can have proper time to dry.
  1. Cut paper to size of letter allowing at least 1/2 in overlay to have enough paper to completely cover front and sides of letter.
  2. Mod Podge your paper or fabric to your large letter. Spread generous amount onto the letter making sure to get the sides and center covered well. Gently smooth paper to get any wrinkles out. Set aside - Let dry. Once dry, spread a very light coat of Mod Podge to seal paper - Let dry.
  3. Glue various size letters onto the canvas (be very careful not to get excess glue on canvas because the paint will not cover the glue areas very well). Note: Make sure to leave enough room in center of canvas for covered letter and sides of canvas to allow for frame. Let dry for about 30 minutes before painting.
  4. Paint entire canvas and letters. It usually take 2 coats of paint. Let paint dry completely. Note: I have used spray paint however it is hard to get into the tiny areas of letters. If using letters that have a plastic covering you might want to prime letter first.
  5. Glue large covered letter to center of canvas. Tip: I put a heavy object on top of letter to make sure letter sticks. About 30 minutes.
  6. Add desired embellishment to large covered letter.  
  7. Place canvas in frame. 

    K Monogram Frame

Here is another one I made for a friend of mine – The picture is not very good (hard to see the flat letters) but you get the idea of how versatile this project can be. 

There you have it… super easy and super cute!

I'm sorry it was such a long post but I wanted to make sure I got the instructions listed for anyone who might want to make one of these cute little Monogram Frame. Now, if you have any questions about this craft or need clarification on the instructions, please just shoot me an email and I will be happy to try and help.

Now, I have to get to work and finish up the burp cloths, diaper clutch and the cutest little tote bag. I will be posting the rest of the goodies soon.

Until next time…

Simply AJ

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  1. Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by! I am truly blessed you did! I read your "About Me" and have to say... what a testimony you are to God's goodness! I love your heart! Praying for you today! Blessings- Carrie
    Oh and this post... ADORABLE!

  2. This is so so cute and what a lucky friend you have that you made one for her too! I LOVE it! Thank you so much for linking up! I am a new follower and can't wait to be inspired!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  3. Thanks for stopping by and linking up! This is a great gift idea! And thanks for the detailed tutorial! I'm going to make one of these someday! =)

  4. This is too sweet! What a great one-of-a-kind gift. Awesome job on the very organized tutorial. I am loving the way you have everything laid out. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog yesterday! Btw, new follower :)


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