For a dose of DIY style in the kitchen, embellish a culinary tool with a monogram, then display your creation on a wall or shelf. Here, a plain wooden cutting board gets a chic makeover with paint, floral wire, and ribbon.
A monogram near the front door is a simple yet effective way to put a personal stamp on your home's exterior. There are many ways to approach the project. In the example shown, a letter cut from outdoor-rated MDF has been painted a playful pattern and augmented with bright-yellow house numbers.
Printable transfer paper makes it a breeze to create your own monogrammed fabric, which you can then use however you like. One idea is to create your own signature window treatment like this one, installed over a conspicuous window in the kitchen, the most popular room in many households.
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For the Birds
Introduce a note of whimsy to your yard—and in the process, treat local birds—with this clever idea, which gives a functional purpose to a decorative, tree-hung monogram. To make yours, simply spread honey on a papier-mâché letter, then sprinkle it all over with birdseed, before finally suspending it from a length of twine.
This budget-friendly monogram comes together so easily and looks very sweet in a nursery or playroom. The hardest part is cutting the crayons to size. The rest is an uncomplicated matter of hot-gluing the pieces to a paper backing set within a wood frame.
Don't overlook coasters as a way to scatter small pops of color and style around a room. If you love monograms, why not dress up a set of inexpensive cork rounds with your initials on one side, stenciled stripes on the other?
Consider making over a simple vase by using etching cream. Once you've tried it, you'll see how easy it can be to add monograms or other designs to all sorts of glass containers, everything from mason jars to trifle bowls.merrimentdesign.com
A papier-mâché letter filled with floral foam and fresh blooms is a gorgeous way to send a message or pay tribute to a party's guest of honor. To make a lasting display, use silk flowers.
A monogram makes a chair or ottoman unmistakably yours and can be quickly added to any piece that's upholstered with solid-colored fabric. Don't stop there—the combination of stencils and fabric paint also works on pillows, doormats, tablecloths and countless other accents in the home.
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