How to use your computer and printer to make monograms to decorate your furniture and accessories as well as make monogram gift tags and more.
I made the monogram on top of a wood stool using software on my computer, giftwrap, Contact paper, and spray glue. Printable monograms are so easy to make to use just about anywhere.
I have posted How I Painted a Monogram on Furniture. I painted the monogram on a wood saddle style stool. The technique I used to make over my sewing machine stool requires no painting skills and is 100 times faster and easier – plus you can easily change it when you want a new look.
When I started blogging I learned all about Photoshop Elements. That is how I created the printable monogram, but you can do it in Microsoft Word and a few other software programs, too. To learn how to make the monogram using your computer you can find my post about it here – How to Make a Monogram to Print Using Microsoft Word.
Wood Stool Before
I went shopping in my basement and brought up this stool to use. I never repainted it since it is hidden under the sewing machine table that is covered with a tablecloth.
I painted this stool over 20 years ago. Sponge painting was big in the DIY world back then.
I was also inspired to do the stool makeover using some of the colorful gift wrap I have hanging on the wall in my studioffice. I purchased most of it at HomeGoods.
I am sure you have seen it – lined up all along the check-out line. Impulse buyers beware! When I see pretty, colorful gift wrap, I can’t pass it by – especially when it is only $2.99 a roll.
I knew if I used the paper to decorate the stool, it would need to be sealed along with the printed monogram. The only problem – water based sealers – Mod Podge or Polycrylic would make the paper wrinkle.
Since the center of the stool is flat, I experimented with using clear Contact paper and self adhesive laminating sheets over the giftwrap. I am happy to report – it worked beautifully!
How to Make a Computer Printed Monogram Stool
You only need the Polycrylic if you are painting your stool/furniture. It is not needed to make the monogram.
- Contact paper or Self Adhesive laminating paper
- Computer with a program that lets you move type layers or text boxes – Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Publisher, Microsoft Word, Power Point are a few that I know of.
- Printer with color ink
- Computer paper
- Spray adhesive
- Optional: If you have to paint your furniture first: Paint, paint brush, water based sealer
You can find clear Contact paper and Self Adhesive Laminating Sheets at Walmart. Clear Contact paper has a matte finish. The self-adhesive laminating sheets are glossy.
First paint the stool. Paint the area where the giftwrap/monogram is going to go- white. This will ensure the colors of the gift wrap are not changed when it is applied on top of a base color of paint. Use water based polyurethane to protect the paint, but do not put it where your giftwrap/monogram is going to go.
Cut monogram out. Next, cut a piece of giftwrap a bit larger than the area you want to cover.
1. To figure out how large a circle/shape you will need, use a compass. If there is a pattern on your paper – make sure it is centered before finding a center point. Find the center and spread out the compass to the diameter of the top.
2. Flip the paper over and draw the circle to the size of the compass measurement.
3. Carefully cut out the circle.
4. Use a light coat of spray adhesive on the back of the cut out monogram. Attach it to the center of your cut out giftwrap circle.
5. Once adhered, cover with a piece of Contact paper or a self-laminating sheet. Cut away the excess.
6. Apply spray glue to the back of the circle and let it get tacky. Center over stool and apply. Use a scrap of giftwrap folded up to smooth out any air bubbles as well as around the outer edge to make sure the edges are adhered.
Once you have the computer know-how to make the monogram, the rest takes less than 10 minutes.
Create Monograms For Other Items
Follow the same steps to make monograms to attach to plates, gift boxes, or to make gift tags.
After I made the monogram on my computer to size for my stool, I started thinking of other ways to use the Contact paper sealing technique. One thing led to another and I ended up creating a few more projects using computer printout monograms.
On a plate with a flat center. Same technique – a printout of a monogram glued to a cut out piece of gift wrap.
I covered this with a self adhesive laminating sheet since it has a glossier finish than clear Contact paper. It is simply attached to the plate using spray glue.
And 2 ways to decorate a gift.
To see all the fonts I used, check out this post all about Monogram Fonts.