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Hey crafty friends! Are you ready to monogram all of the things? I hope so! Because today you’ll learn three different ways you can design and make monograms with your Cricut cutting machine.
Learn better with video? No problem! Click on the quick links down below to take you directly to the ‘How to make Monograms with Cricut’ video.
What Font is Used for Monograms?
There are all kinds of fonts you can use for monograms. For the swirly classical monograms I use the font called Monogram KK. You can find this font on dafont.com and it’s free for personal use.
If you’re not sure how to download fonts to use them in design space see my post on text editing tips here.
That’s not the only one available though. So many gorgeous swirly fonts are being made every day. Another one I like is called Monogram for Crafter available on fontbundles.net. And the best thing is they always include a commercial license so you can sell your final products.
For split level monograms, the standard is to use a serif font. Serif fonts are the type where the letter look like a typewriter. There are thousands of varieties of serif fonts. For this example I used the font called Charter.
And for the circle monograms, that font is called Monogramos and you can also find that free for personal use on dafont.com
Make a Monogram with your Cricut
So let’s start with the easiest monogram to make and that’s the traditional script monogram. To start, click on the text icon on the left menu.
This will open up a text box for you to type your first letter in. Next, go to the top menu and click the font drop-down menu. Choose the font you are going to use, again I am using Monogram KK for this monogram.
With your first letter still selected, go over to the top of the layers menu on the right and click duplicate two times. This is a fast way to get your next two letters ready.
Next double click one of your duplicates to open the text box. Change the letter to the second letter in your initials. Repeat with the other duplicate and change it to your last initial.
Now that you have your three letters we can arrange and resize them for your monogram. The nice thing about duplicating is that all of your letters are now the same size. So we just need to make the center initial bigger.
Next you want to click and drag your letters in order. Then for your center initial click on the arrow on the bottom right corner and size it about one inch bigger than your other two initials.
Now click and drag your initials close together so that they are touching and overlapping each other.
Next, you’ll want to select all three of your initials, go up to the top menu and click on align. Then from the drop down click on align vertically. This will center all of your initials vertically so that they look nice an professional.
And finally, once everything is aligned make sure all three letters are still selected and click the weld button on the bottom right of the layers menu. This will keep all of your monogram initials together so they cut as one.
Now you can resize the whole monogram together to the size you need to your project and then click the make it button to have it cut!
How do you do a Split Monogram on Cricut?
The next monogram you’ll learn how to make is called a split level monogram. This is when one initial is split to add a name in the middle. These are commonly done with just first or last names.
You’re going to start this monogram the same way. Go to the left menu and click the text button and then type your letter into the text box.
Next go to the top menu and choose your font for the initial.
Standard fonts for this monogram are serif fonts, which look like typewriter letter. For this example I am using ‘Charter’, but you can choose any font you like.
Once your font is chosen click on the size arrow on the bottom right corner and make the letter big so we can see what we are doing. And then on the left menu click on shapes and select square from the menu.
Once the square pops up I like to change the color for more contrast to see what I am doing. Then click the lock on the bottom left of the square so we can make a rectangle. Use the 4-way arrows on the bottom right of the square to stretch it into a rectangle.
After you have a rectangle click and drag it down to the lower third of your monogram initial. Make adjustments as needed to the width and length of your rectangle.
When you’re happy with the way everything looks, select the letter and the rectangle together and then click the slice button on the bottom left of the layers menu.
This will cut the rectangle out of your monogram letter. After the slice is complete move your monogram letter out of the way. Then select everything else and delete it.
Now we need to make one more square. This time make it the same color as your monogram letter. Click the unlock button on the square as we did before. And make a long thin rectangle.
Click and drag the long rectangle to the top of the split in the letter like so..
Next duplicate that long thin rectangle and place the second one on the bottom of the split. To line everything up, select all three parts and lick align on the top menu and then center horizontally from the drop-down menu.
With everything still selected click on the weld button on the bottom right of the layers menu. This will keep all of the parts together so they cut as one.
Now you can add the name you want for the center of the split level monogram. This is typically done in a script font.
For this example the font I am using is called bounce script.
Again you can unlock the name and stretch it or condense it as much as you need. Just be careful stretching it out too much makes it look funky.
You can also use your align tools again to center the name within the monogram. Once you have everything how you want it, be sure to click the attach button on the bottom left layers menu so that everything goes to the cut mat together.
How to do a Circle Monogram on Cricut
I have a separate post on how to do circle monograms that you can find here. Plus you can get free frames for your circle monograms there too.
Or you can scroll down to the video and see how circle monograms are done there.
How do Initials go in a Monogram?
According to theknot.com theknot.com monogram initials go in order of first name, middle name and then last name if the initials are all the same size.
That changes though if you make the middle letter larger. They say you should then make your last initial the large center letter with your first name initial on the left and your middle name initial on the right.
I put my first initial as the large center letter in my monogram 🤷♀️ . It works lol.
But what about if you have two middle names? Or a married / maiden name. And then there’s the whole couples monogram too! They cover the ins and outs of all the monograms for you so you’re sure to get it right.
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Make Monograms with Cricut Video
Sometimes you just gotta see it being done. You’ll learn how to make all three monogram designs on your Cricut in this short video.
Chris Butler has helped thousands of crafters learn how to use their Cricut machine without feeling overwhelmed. She is a best selling author and an up and coming designer. For fun Chris enjoys designing SVG Files, hanging out with her family (preferably at the lake), traveling, and volunteering at her church. She is a wife and mom of two crazy fun kids.
Just bought the Cricut Maker. I’m overwhelmed and discouraged. I look forward to any help you can give me. Thanks !!
Hello. I was wondering if you could help. I’m trying to use monogrammos but I’m not sure what to do with them. They letter comes out as three letters in one. How do you separate them?
Thank you for any help!
Chris Butler says
Yes, you’ll need to use slice to remove the extra letters. There’s more instructions about that in this post https://dailydoseofdiy.com/make-circle-monogram-cricut/
The ideas you give on your videos are they included in your book?
This was spectacular!! I’ve had Monogramos forever and I can FINALLY use it!! Thank you!!
Nancy Darling says
I am new to Cricut (Joy) and “technologically impaired”. I followed your instructions for a monogram and it came out perfect. You are the first to be able to explain so I can actually understand. Thank you so much.
Nancy Darling says
P.S. I was about to purchase the book but does it pertain to the Joy? After making that purchase, I find there are so many things I cannot do with it~
I LOVED LOVED THIS I SEARCHED YOUTUBE VIDEOS BUT I FEEL THEY GO TO FAST FOR ME, THIS HELPS ME TO GO ON MY OWN PASTE!! THANK YOU I LEARNED A LOT!!