Since every southern girl needs a monogram for her bedroom, here’s an easy crafted version that’s customizable to any favorite color or style.
Somewhere last summer I read that southerners are a bit obsessed with monograms.
This may be accurate.
And since we’re talking about obsessions, I’ll mention blue.
That’s Hannah’s current obsession.
Everything (EVERYTHING) has to be blue right now.
But she’s 9 and being obsessed with blue is seriously not a bad thing, so I indulge her every chance I get because one day she may get a fancy for something that gets that “Um…NO!”
A little color fascination is a breeze and so everything is blue for her right now.
And since every southern girl needs a big monogram for her room (right?), I combined hers with lots of blue and came up with this simple project that will work with any color at all! 🙂
- 13.5″ MDF jumbo letter
- 2 sheets of scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge for paper
- paper flowers
- craft ribbon
- 22 gauge jewelry wire
- assorted beads
- washi tape (or small rope trim)
- sponge brush
- craft knife
- hot glue
You could use a solid wood letter if you prefer. I used MDF because it’s lightweight and that’s what was available at Hobby Lobby in the size I wanted.
Make a Crafted Monogram
Swipe a good coating of Mod Podge over the front of your letter and smooth the scrapbook paper over it. You’ll need to use a bit more than one sheet for this sized letter. If your paper has a pattern, be sure to match it up before attaching the second piece.
Now, just let it dry while you do something else.
After it dries, use a craft knife to trim the excess paper.
Cover the top with a second coat of Mod Podge and let it dry.
If you use a straight letter like I did, you can easily trim the edges with washi tape. For those curvy letters, I think a small decorative rope hot glued on would work better.
I attached all of the vertical pieces first…(and it doesn’t matter that they aren’t perfectly even along the edges just yet.)
then the horizontal pieces.
Making the Hanger
As much as Hannah loves blue, I love beads. I just don’t get tired of using them in all kinds of projects.
So, of course, I found a way to add a few to her blue monogram.
I used 22 gauge wire for these. It’s a little sturdier than the 26 gauge I used for the vintage canning jar lanterns. This time instead of wrapping the beaded wire around something else, I’m using it for the base. So something a little stronger works well.
Cut a length of wire about 1-1/2 times the length you want your hanger to be.
Using something round and sturdy, wrap a few loops at the end and start stringing beads. I learned something new with this project. That “something round” I found and grabbed is called a punch. I loved the little hexagonal shape it gave the wire.
Who knew it could be used for a bead crafting project?
Then, make more loops all along the wire between sections of beads, ending with a loop. I ended up making 7.
Now just run the ribbon through the loops.
I used hot glue to attach the ribbon/wire to the back.
And while it was hot and handy, I attached the paper flowers too.
I should mention that this blue obsession came after a long-standing pink affection, so she has cotton candy walls. Not a particularly bad combination though, in my opinion.
And does that washi tape bordered monogram remind anyone else of high school Letterman jackets?
Maybe we shouldn’t go there because now I’m feeling really old…
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