Looking for an easy wedding gift idea? This DIY burlap monogram sign makes a beautiful custom gift plus it is super easy to make!
This homemade burlap monogram sign is so easy to make, and it’s a great DIY wedding gift! It’s a fun piece of art for any newlyweds to hang in their home. And if your handwriting isn’t great, don’t worry—the secret to this burlap sign is that you trace the monogram onto the burlap…no artistic skills necessary!
Simple DIY Burlap Monogram Sign
- Time spent doing stuff: 15 minutes
- Time spent waiting around: 0 minutes
- Total project time: 15 minutes
- a printer
- a black permanent marker
- a piece of burlap fabric
- a picture frame
The first thing you need to do is design your monogram. You can use Photoshop or Word to design your own, or if you like the version I used in this project, you can grab the basic Word document template I used at the bottom of this post.
Print out your monogram on a plain piece of paper.
Make sure your piece of burlap is about an inch bigger than will fit in your picture frame; we will cut it down to the exact size later, but for now it’s nice to have it a little extra big so you don’t need to worry about getting your tracing perfectly centered.
Place your printed monogram underneath your piece of burlap and start tracing with a black permanent marker.
You can tape the printed design down onto the table to keep it from sliding around. After you have the outlines of all your text traced, go back and fill in the middle of the text to make it solid black.
I used a regular black Sharpie for this project, but if you want to see more fine detail in your monogram you can use a fine point Sharpie. Just remember that burlap has a very loose weave, so you won’t be able to get too detailed; the details will get lost in the open spaces of the fabric itself.
Once your design is fully traced onto your burlap fabric, take the back of the picture frame and place it over your design, centering your design on the frame backer. Then trace the outside of the frame backer and cut the burlap down to the exact size it needs to be to fit inside your frame.
If you want a bit of color to show through your burlap, you can put a piece of colored paper in the frame, behind the burlap. I like the “natural” color of the particle board backer showing through, so I just left it as is.
Close up the back of the picture frame, and you’re done!
How easy is that?!
If you love crafting with burlap, check out this simple burlap wreath I made last fall!
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The fonts I used for this monogram are listed below. You need to have these fonts installed on your computer before you open the template, or it won’t show up correctly.
Feel free to modify the template with your own names and letters, or even change the font and sizing as needed for your specific monogram! Some of the fonts I used are part of my Adobe TypeKit subscription, so they aren’t free. But you can use this template with any font you want!
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Simple DIY Burlap Monogram Sign
- black permanent marker
- 1 piece burlap fabric
- 1 picture frame
- Design your monogram in Photoshop or Word, or any program that allows you to generate a printable PDF. Print out your monogram on a plain piece of paper. The basic Word document template I used for this project is available at the bottom of the post.
- Cut your burlap so that it is about an inch bigger than your picture frame on all sides.
- Place your printed monogram underneath your piece of burlap and begin tracing the outlines with a black permanent marker.
- After the outlines are done, go back and fill in the middle of the text to make it solid black.
- Once the design is fully traced onto your burlap fabric, place the back piece of the picture frame over the monogram, being sure to center it on the design. Trace the outside of the frame backer, then cut the burlap down to the exact size it needs to be to fit inside your frame.
- Put the burlap in the frame, add the back piece, close it all up, and you’re done!
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