Make your Own Monogram with Our Monogram Maker

Make your Own Monogram with Our Monogram Maker

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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? Follow the steps below to use our monogram maker.

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

monogram maker 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.

monogram maker Screenshot showing how to duplicate an overlay by right-clicking.

Right-click on the overlay and select Duplicate overlay from the menu.

monogram maker, Make a circle border for your duplicating the shape, resizing, and duplicating again.

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

Monogram maker Screenshot showing corner handles for resizing text.

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.

monogram maker Position text on your overlay by clicking and dragging.

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

Monogram maker sample DIY monogram graphic.

Finally, you can add the first names below the initials, if you like.

More looks

monogram maker Graphic showing three different monogram designs.

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. Use PicMonkey’s monogram maker tool to start your own design.


This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make good pictures and take over the world.