How to Create a Monogram in Word

Finished Monogram

I <3 monograms. I think it’s safe to say I’m pretty much obsessed with them. Maybe it’s because my last name starts with “L,” and cursive “L’s” are kinda pretty. Maybe it’s because it makes me feel like I’m an official person or something…I have a monogram; I must be significant, right? ;) And maybe it’s just because they’re swirly and beautiful and girly looking, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love that?

I recently shared some inspiration photos for our little powder room makeover, one of which included a monogram. I decided to make ours myself because A. It’s cheaper! and B. I could make exactly what I wanted. Here’s what I did:

1. I wandered on over to dafont.com and downloaded monogram kk font.

monogram kk

2.Then I installed it on my computer. (Because why would you download and not install? :)) On my PC, a dialogue box popped up, and I chose to save the file. I then right-clicked on the file in the download box and selected “Open Containing Folder.”

open containing folder

I opened the monogram kk folder, then clicked on the monogram kk file:

click font file

Once opened, I simply clicked “Install,” and the font showed up in my font dropdown list.

Install

3. Now that I had the font installed, it was time for the fun part! I chose a background color by selecting “Page Color” under the “Page Layout” tab.

Page Color

4. I wanted to add an extra splash of color to my monogram, so I added a border using the “Shapes” tool. Under the “Insert” tab, pick “Shapes,” and choose the outline shape you would like. I chose the “Plaque” shape under the “Basic Shapes” heading.

Select Plaque

Draw your shape to the size you want and place it in the desired position on the page. Then select your outline and fill colors from the “Drawing Tools” tab. I chose “No Fill” as the fill color and a dark yellow, 6 pt weight for the outline.

Shape Outline Color and Weight

5. Now it’s monogram time! Click the “Insert” tab and select “Word Art.” You can pick any style of Word Art to start; you’ll change the shape and color later.
I like to start with the initial for the last name, which will be in the middle of the monogram. Type the letter and select “monogram kk” from the font drop down menu.

Word Art

6. You will now want to change the shape, size, and color of the letter. First, with the Word Art letter selected, click “Text Wrapping” under the “Word Art Tools” tab, and choose “In Front of Text.” This allows you to move the letter around the page more freely.

Text Wrapping

Next, change the shape by choosing “Change Shape” under the “Word Out” tab and selecting the straight line titled “Plain Text.”

Change Shape

Move the letter to the middle of your page, resize it to your liking, and change the outline and fill colors under the “Word Art” tab.

Recolor

7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 to add the other two initials. If you are creating a monogram of just one person’s initials, their first initial goes first (duh! ;)), followed by their (larger) surname initial, then their middle initial. So Jane Elizabeth Doe would have the monogram J D E.

If you are making a monogram for a couple, the wife’s initial goes first, followed by the initial of the couple’s last name and finally the husband’s initial. For example, my name is Abby and my husband is Donnie, so our monogram is A L D.

8. Once you have the letters arranged together, it may help to group them so that you can move them around the page as one unit instead of one at a time. To do this, select all three letters by holding down the “Ctl” key while clicking each letter. When you have all three highlighted, right click within the selected letters, and under “Grouping” choose “Group.”

**Update…Marlene from Live and Learn (and Teach too…) recently left me this helpful tip for grouping objects more easily: “Under the ‘HOME’ tab, way over to the right choose ‘select,’ then ‘select object,’ then using your mouse drag the dashed line around all the objects you want to group. Then ‘group’ ‘em!” So simple! Love it! Thanks, Marlene!

Group

And…voila!

Finished Monogram

That may have seemed like a lot of steps, but it is actually a simple process; the more you play around with it, the easier it will get. I’m warning you, though, pretty soon you will be as obsessed as I am and will be sticking monograms on everything in sight! Yay! Happy monogramming!

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Comments

  1. JaneEllen says

    Hi Abby I had to print out all 3 of your excellent tutorials so I can see how confused I can make myself, lol. I get pretty confused at the littlest thing so it will be very interesting how I comprehend your tutorial. Believe me it’s not your tutorials’ fault, it’s” mrs. digitally challenged” here.
    Love all the screens and how you show what you have to do. I don’t even know what to do with free fonts people offer, told ya, lol
    Are you using a particular version of Word? I don’t know what version I have, I bought my pc a year ago Black Friday, it’s Windows 7 HP. I’ll have to try to find out what I have. Is that important to know? Thanks for all your hard work putting all the tutorials together.
    Happy Weekend.

    • says

      Hi, Jane Ellen! I am using Word 2007. If you have a different version, the buttons may be in slightly different places, but they should still be close. If you have questions, let me know and I will try my best to answer them! Thanks so much for reading!

      ~Abby =)

  2. Karla says

    I created my monogram and I LOOOOOOVE IT!!! Can you give me instructions on how to save just the logo?? I guess… how do I crop it?? and then save it as an image file??

    • says

      Hm…I’m not familiar with RC. What type of program is it? If you let me know what it is more specifically, I’d be happy to try to figure it out! Thanks for stopping by, Rachel!

      ~Abby =)

        • says

          I’m sorry! I totally misunderstood what you were asking! The sources I have come across have said that if you don’t have a middle initial, you can do a two-letter monogram and just keep both letters the same size, rather than making your surname initial bigger. {http://goo.gl/yoW5p and http://goo.gl/Idl7L} You could always use a single letter monogram as well {either first or last works!} if you like that better. Hope this helps!

          ~Abby =)

          • rachel says

            Thank you! my brother started laughing at me and telling me to change my name so.. THANK YOU! He was pretty annoying ;)
            i cant wait to make my first monogram! :D

          • says

            Oh, brothers! Well, you’ll show him when you make your beautiful two-letter monogram! ;) Hope you are having a wonderful week!

            ~Abby =)

  3. heather says

    I love how you did this! For some reason my word saved the monogram under my fonts not under word art, do you know how to get it to save under word art?

    • says

      Hi, Heather! That is strange! Whenever I download the font, it comes up in my list of regular fonts and Word Art fonts. Maybe try closing out of Word and opening it up again? Or maybe read down the whole list of fonts and see if it put it in a weird spot or at the end of the list or something. That’s happened to me before too. Hope this helps!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Erin says

    I LOVE this!!! While reading this, I stopped at the part about how you do a monogram with a couple. I am getting married soon and a wedding director told me that before you get married, the woman’s name goes first, then last name, then man’s name. My name is Erin, our last name is McCloud, and my future husband’s name is Greg, so it would be EMG. BUT, after you’re married, the man’s name goes first, so it would be GME. Not sure on who’s correct! :) But I still love a monogram! Thanks for your tutorial!

    • says

      That’s so interesting! I did some checking online while I was writing this tutorial just to make sure I wasn’t leading people astray, and none of the websites I visited mentioned the switch. {http://goo.gl/GDg9o and http://goo.gl/zbwm6 were just a few!} Whatever the rule, I say it’s your monogram and your day, so do what YOU love! Congratulations on your engagement and good luck with all of your planning! Thanks for visiting the blog!

      ~Abby =)

      • Erin says

        Thanks! I followed the tutorial step by step, I even did the same colors you did and it only printed out the yellow border and everything else was white. So now I have a white piece of paper with a yellow plaque border. How do I get it all to print?

        • says

          That is so odd! I didn’t have that issue. I’m wondering if your printer isn’t recognizing the “page color” as a background color. Here’s a quick fix. Go to the “Insert” Tab, click “Shape” and choose the rectangle. Draw a rectangle that’s the size of your whole page and use the “Drawing Tools” toolbar to change it to the color you want. Then, also in the “Drawing Tools” toolbar, click “Send to Back.” It should now be behind your monogram and plaque border and I bet that since your printer recognized the plaque, it will recognize the rectangle as well, and it should look exactly the same as mine. Let me know if this doesn’t work and I’ll try to look into it further. Hope this helps!

          ~Abby =)

  5. says

    Oh my….your blog is AMAZING!! I just found it through Madigan Made today, and I have to say, I may be on here for hours later this evening! I see so much I want to just click on and pin…and click on and pin….you get the point :) I love this post and you have given me a new dangerous addiction! Yay!! – I see some printed fabric pillows in my future done with these…

    • says

      Thank you so much, Natasha! You are so sweet! Thank you so much for popping over to my blog! Heading over to yours now! Have a wonderful evening!

      ~Abby =)

    • says

      Ooh me too! I think I am subconsciously working my way into having one in each room. They’re just so fun! Have a wonderful weekend, Jeni! Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Abby =)

  6. says

    What a great tutorial Abby! It will come in useful for soooo many people!

    Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer last week! Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

  7. vmg206 says

    This is great! Thanks for the step by step.
    I’m visiting you today from Sundae Scoop. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I’d love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

    • says

      Hmmm…After you downloaded it, did you go to the folder with the zip file and double click the folder? If a dialogue box doesn’t pop up after you download, there should be a down arrow to the right of your navigation bar next to the little house icon (if you are using Firefox). If you click the arrow, you should be able to click on the zip folder. Inside that folder is a file called “monogram kk sc” and when you double click that, that’s when you should get the option to install. Hope this helps!

      ~Abby =)

  8. Anja says

    I tried downloading the font, but it is not working. Im using a Macbook Pro and I have Windows office on here too. Do you have any tips for Mac people?

    • says

      Hi, Anja! Thanks for checking out my tutorial! Fortunately, my husband also has a Macbook Pro, so I was able to do some investigating. When you click “download” at dafont.com, it puts a zip file on your desktop. Double click the file to unzip, and open the folder to find the .ttf file. In Finder, click “Macintosh HD” (your hard drive), choose “System”, then click “Library”, and select the “Fonts” folder. Drag the .ttf file into your “Fonts” folder (you may have to authenticate). Then restart your computer to use the font. I hope this works for you! I just did the whole process on his Mac, and it worked like a charm, so it should be fine. Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  9. cyndi says

    Hi i just got a macbook pro and wanted to know if you had any suggestions on how i can get the bunting banner done on this thing. My son is going to turn 3 this August and i wanted to make a mickeymouse pirate themed bunting banner.

    • says

      Hi, Cyndi! What a fun party theme! If you have Microsoft Office on your Mac, the steps should be pretty similar. {If you get stuck at any, let me know, and I can look at it on my hubby’s Mac.} If you don’t have Office, I would recommend picmonkey.com. You would just open a picture, use the “Overlays” to draw a big white box over it to make your canvas, and then use both the overlays {you can add your own overlays if you have specific graphics you want to use} and text features to create the banner. You would have to make one triangle at a time, but they will save as a .jpg and you can open it in whichever program you choose on your computer. Hope this helps! Have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  10. Kristen says

    This tutorial was so easy to do and the end product turned out great! I want to upload this to my iPhone but when I try do so I cant see anything. I think it is because there is no actual text, only word art and shapes. Do you know how to view it on an iPhone so I can make it my home screen. Again, great tutorial!!!!

    • says

      Thanks, Kristen! I think the easiest way to view it on your phone I would be to save it as a pdf. It should show up when you do that. If that doesn’t work, saving it as a .jpg (picture file) definitely will. Here’s how to do that: If you changed the page color of your document for your background, you will need to do it with a shape instead. Insert>Shape>Choose the rectangle, draw it the size of the whole screen, change the color to what you want, right click it and under “Order” choose “Send to back” to get it behind your monogram letters. Then you’ll want to “group” all of your pieces and save it as a picture by copying and pasting it into PowerPoint. My “Create Your Own Graphics in Word” tutorial gives detailed instructions on how to do that here (see steps 5 & 6): http://justagirlandherblog.com/create-graphics-in-microsoft-word/ . Hope this helps! If you have any more questions feel free to ask away! Have a wonderful Sunday!

      ~Abby =)

  11. says

    Thank you for the tutorials. They were very easy to follow! If you haven’t received this tip (or maybe you already know it), I found an easier way to “select” and “group”. Under the “HOME” tab, way over to the right choose “select”; then “select object”; then using your mouse drag the dashed line around all the objects you want to group. Then “group” ‘em!
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    • says

      That is a brilliant tip, Marlene! I didn’t know that one! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom! I updated the tutorial to include your tip and credited you with a link to your blog! Thanks again!

      ~Abby =)

  12. Kelly says

    When you make the monogram, do you print it on 8.5×11 paper/letter size? How do you find a frame to fit it since frames are either 11×14 with 8×10 matting or 8×10 and then parts get cut off?
    Just wondering the best way to print this and frame….

    • says

      Hi, Kelly! I had the monogram I made for my bathroom printed on card stock and I put it in an 11 x 14 frame, so there was plenty of room behind the mat for my extra inches, and my design was in the middle with room to spare, so it wasn’t cut off at all. If you just make sure your design is within the 8.5 x 11 limits, you can do what I did for an 11 x 14 or trim down the edges to fit it in an 8 x 10 frame. You could also use a document frame which is sized to fit letter-sized paper. Hope this helps!

      ~Abby =)

  13. Mary Jo says

    Great tutorial! Easy to follow and understand . . . you did a great job! Thank you for your willingness to share your talent.

  14. Patricia says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I was looking on the entire web about how to install monograms on a mac computer without success and I just found the answer for this on your comments. It works perfect! thank you again! :)

  15. Isy says

    hi
    i just wanted to ask how you made your website :) do you pay for it because it is a .com domain?:)
    I love your blog :))))
    xoxo

    • says

      Thanks, Isy! It is a self-hosted WordPress blog, so I pay for to register the domain and for hosting with Media Temple. I use the Genesis framework with Delightful child theme. Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

    • says

      Yay! I’m glad the tutorial was helpful! You can print it just like you would any other Word document. Go to the “File” menu and choose “Print.” You can select the number of copies you want from there. If you don’t want to print it at home, I had FedEx Office print mine for a little over a dollar! Hope this helps!

      ~Abby =)

    • Gabi says

      also i read a comment someone else had similar to mine and i exited out of word and still nothing but i downloaded it through google chrome.

      • says

        Hi, Gabi! Are you on a Mac by any chance? This tutorial was done on Word 2007 on a PC. For Macs, the font download process is a little different. (And maybe on newer versions of PCs. I’m not sure, as I switched to a Mac shortly after writing this tutorial.) When you click “download” at dafont.com, it puts a zip file on your desktop. Double click the file to unzip, and open the folder to find the .ttf file. In Finder, click “Macintosh HD” (your hard drive), choose “System”, then click “Library”, and select the “Fonts” folder. Drag the .ttf file into your “Fonts” folder (you may have to authenticate). Then restart your computer to use the font. I hope this helps! It is with questions like this that I wish I could be looking at your computer, because it is hard to troubleshoot without seeing what is going on! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Have a wonderful week!

        ~Abby =)

  16. Margret says

    Hi Abby,
    Thank you so much for the tutorial! Just wanted to let you know I found an amazing way to do the monogram so it will appear in the background with text over it…. I used the watermark feature in the newer version of word!! It blew my mind how easy it was and think it will be the way to incorporate it into the invitation I am creating!
    Thank you!

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