How to make a monogram: 15 steps (with pictures)

How to make a monogram: 15 steps (with pictures)
How to make a monogram: 15 steps (with pictures)

This article explains how to design a monogram using Microsoft Word. Once you've made it, you can save your monogram as a template or image to use in other documents, like invitations or business cards. These steps also work for Word on Mac, and the general technique can be applied to other programs, such as Adobe Illustrator or Pages for Mac.


Part 1 of 3: Design a monogram

Make a Monogram Step 1

Step 1. Open Microsoft Word

Make a Monogram Step 2

Step 2. Click on the “Insert” menu, then click on “WordArt”

A WordArt text box is then added to your Word document.

Make a Monogram Step 3

Step 3. Erase the WordArt text, then type the letter that will be the widest part of your monogram

Make a Monogram Step 4

Step 4. Change the font type to Lucida Handwriting

This font is found in the standard font system on Windows and Mac.

You can use any font here

Make a Monogram Step 5

Step 5. Change the font size to the larger size, while having the letter selected

  • When you increase the font size, it is not always the case that the size of the WordArt frame increases as well. Click and drag the corners of the WordArt frame outward, until you can see the letter as a whole.
  • If you want the letter to be even larger, enter a number, for example 200, in the "Font size" field.
Make a Monogram Step 6

Step 6. Add two new WordArt letters, but setting their font size to at least half the size of the first letter

You can change the size of the letters at any time, but be aware that resizing the text frames will not change the font size

Make a Monogram Step 7

Step 7. Click and drag the letters until you are happy with their arrangement

Move the mouse over the WordArt until you see the 4 arrows at the cursor, then click and drag to move the WordArt.

You can also move WordArt using the keyboard. Click on a WordArt text box, then press the arrow keys to move the WordArt

Make a Monogram Step 8

Step 8. Format the styles of WordArt

On the "Format" tab, in the "Text styles" section, Word offers you the options for modifying WordArt styles.

  • Click on the “Quick Styles” button to choose from a gallery of WordArt styles.
  • Click the “Fill” drop-down arrow to choose a fill color for the WordArt. This allows you to change the color inside the lines of the letter.
  • Click on the “Line Style” drop-down arrow to change the letter border color, line thickness or add line effects.
  • Click the "Effects" button to add effects to WordArt, such as shadows and reflections.
Make a Monogram Step 9

Step 9. If you make a change you don't like, press CTRL + Z to undo it

Part 2 of 3: Add some more style to the monogram

Make a Monogram Step 10

Step 1. Add a shape around the monogram

Monograms are often incorporated into a shape, such as a circle or rectangular shape. Click on the “Insert” menu, then click on “Shape”. Find a shape you would like to use, then click and drag it into the Word document.

Make a Monogram Step 11

Step 2. Format the shape

In the “Format” tab, click on the arrow of the “Fill” drop-down menu, then click on “No fill”. Click on the “Line” menu arrow, then choose a color that matches the colors of your letters.

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Step 3. With the shape selected, click and drag the corners of the shape so that it is big enough that the letters are included inside

Make a Monogram Step 13

Step 4. Arrange the letters of the monogram inside the shape, until you are satisfied with the overall appearance

Part 3 of 3: save the monogram as a template

Make a Monogram Step 14

Step 1. Save the monogram

When you save a Word document as a template and open it, a copy of the file opens and you can edit it without worrying about the original. Click on the "File" menu, then click "Save As."

Make a Monogram Step 15

Step 2. Name and save the file

In the "Save" dialog box, name the monogram. Click the "Format" drop-down menu, then click "Word Template." Click on “Save”.

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