You don’t have to be a fourth generation Rockefeller or a Nantucket vacationeer to have a monogram. A monogram is a great way to personalize paper ephemera — thank you cards, wedding table numbers, place cards, and programs — as well as your stylin’ duds. Whether traditional and elaborate or modern and minimal, PicMonkey will teach you how to make a monogram that jives with your personality and aesthetic. And wouldn’t you rather have a DIY monogram than the common off-the-shelf variety?
1. Choose your monogram canvas
On the homepage, hover over the “Design” button and select the square canvas from the menu. When the Editor opens, click “Transparent canvas” under the canvas color picker and click “Apply.”
2. Make your monogram shape
Go to the Overlays tab and choose Geometric. Click a shape and it will appear on the canvas. Grab the corner handle and stretch it to a size that covers most of the canvas. Use the Color picker to choose a color.
Right-click on the overlay and select “Duplicate overlay” from the menu.
Resize the second circle to be smaller than the first, place it in the center, and choose its color. Right-click on the smaller circle, duplicate it, resize and choose a third color. Click the Merge button on the top toolbar so that you can add text without accidentally selecting an overlay.
3. Personalize your monogram
In the Text tab, choose a font. We chose EcuyerDAX. Click “Add Text” button and enter the first initial of your last name (or the initial you’d like to have in the center of your monogram) into the text box. When finished, click outside the text box and use the text palette to adjust the color and size. To center the text, drag the left and right sides of the text box to the outer edges of the canvas and click the Center icon in the Text palette.
Repeat text steps above to create smaller initials. For a married couple, the traditional approach was to make the first initial is the woman’s first name, the middle is the couple’s last name, and the last is the man’s first name, but that may not apply to you.
4. Add names to your monogram
Finally, you can add the first names below the initials, if you like.
Here are some different looks you can go for, as you create your own DIY monogram: trendy, classic, and traditional. Our overlay sets have quite a few options for adding objects and flourishes to complement your design.