DIY Framed Monogram

Every once in a while, I get a little crafty idea in my head, and I give it a try.  I am so into monogrammed details, wooden letters, and personalizing almost anything.  So, I came up with the Shadowbox Letter idea and went with it.  Love!  It was super easy, and seriously did not take me long at all!

Maybe it’s the teacher in me, but I just love my name-or initials on things.  My mom says I’d make a great southern mommy….all the monograms and initials we have on things is probably a little nuts.  But alas, here I sit in Central Ohio creating monogrammed items for our home, my children’s clothing, etc.  If it’s a blank space, you can bet there is something on it-and likely an initial.  The area above our headboard was lacking a little, so why not create something to hang? I found that just the little extra depth of the shadowboxes worked well, and this is what I came up with.

DIY Framed Monogram


2 Shadowbox Frames (mine were 9×20)
9 in Wood Letters (I used a “C” and a “D”)
1/2 yard of fabric
Glue gun
Spray paint (I used Antique Bronze)


First,lay down some scrap newspaper or cardboard outside.  Spray paint the letters and leave them to dry.

Next, take out the back of the shadowbox (the part that you velcro the “memento” to) and lay it on the material.

Cut the material so you have about 2 inches around on each side of the backing.  Make sure your material is pattern side down.

Now, lay the backing face down on the material.  Run a line of hot glue down each side of the cardboard backing and fold the material over so it glues to the cardboard.  Repeat this for each shadowbox frame.

Position your letter on your material, making sure it’s where you want it.  Run a squiggle of hot glue all over the back of your letter and glue it to the material.

Then, let it dry flat for about 15 minutes.

Finally, when it’s dry, reassemble your shadowbox and it’s ready to hang on the wall. It incorporates my favorites…spray paint, fabric, and letters! I think this is a great gift idea for newlyweds, anniversaries, or even a new baby!



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