In today’s post, you’ll learn how to easily and quickly create a custom monogram in any shape.
This is a fun project for a truly unique decal. Use it to label baby bottles, sippy cups…the sky’s the limit! The free SVG files are in my Resource Library. You can get the password for the library by filling out the form at the bottom of this post.
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Here is the step by step tutorial for this easy and fun project.
Here’s What You’ll Need
Add a custom monogram to baby bottles and sippy cups for daycare.
I began this project for my adorable grandson! His day care provider fell in love with these baby bottle kits and she shared her love of them with all the other moms, who then just had to have them also. Naturally, that meant that now all the bottles looked alike!
My daughter could have just slapped any old decal on them to mark the bottles as his. But she has a Silhouette CAMEO to make cute ones instead. Besides, I was there visiting and she knew she could get me to
help her do it. Here’s how you, too, can make custom monograms for your own baby bottles, sippy cups, or anything else.
How to make personalized monograms.
Making custom monogram decals has never been such fun! We chose an anchor shape. You can follow the tutorial to use any other shape you like. Some shapes go better than others with certain letters and fonts, so play around with different shapes and fonts until you get what you like.
I use my Silhouette CAMEO to do all of my cutting, but you can replicate what you see here cutting by hand! That said, if you have been curious about a cutting machine for a while, I can tell you it is without a doubt the best crafting tool I’ve ever used. The svg file in my free Resource Library can be used with most cutting machines.
Choose your image.
Open your shape in Silhouette Studio. Then type your initial in the font you wish. Drag the letter on top of the shape and size it to fit. Once it’s sized, make a copy of the letter and set it off to the side. See my D on top of the anchor and a copy of it off to the side?
Modify the shape.
Select BOTH the letter and the shape. Then from the top menu, select Object, Modify, Subtract. This will subtract the overlapping parts of the two items you selected.
And here’s the result. Now you’ll want to clean up a bit more and delete any extra parts you don’t want. This will be different for each shape and letter, so just play around with it to get the look you want. Here, I want to delete the part right smack in the center.
Add monogram to modified shape.
Now drag that extra letter (the one you duplicated and set aside earlier) into the shape. Enlarge it ever so slightly to ensure it overlaps with the shape. Zoom in really close so you can see if any gaps remain.
Weld them together.
Select both the monogram AND the modified shape. Right-click, select WELD and the two items will now be one shape, welded together and ready to cut!
Here’s the result.
Finally, size to fit your project.
Resize the monogram shape to suit your project. For my project, I then filled the entire page using the replicate panel on the right and cut out a whole sheet. I used what I needed and left the rest for future decals. This was all done in a very short time!
Watch the video to learn how to make your own monogram shape.
If you prefer video tutorials, check out my youtube video to learn how to add a monogram to any shape.
So are you ready to do this? If so, and you like anchors, here’s the file!
FREE CUT FILES & PATTERN
Get the password for the library with the free files here by filling out this form:
First download the anchor pattern from my Resource Library. The file is saved as a zip file which is compressed. So when you download it, you have to “unzip” it or uncompress it to get the file. Now you can see the SVG cut file for your automatic cutting machine.
If you make personalized monogram decals, I’d love to see what you create — send me a photo at [email protected] or post it on
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