If you are looking for the easiest way to make monogrammed crafts with your Cricut or Silhouette, look no further! In this post, I’ll teach you a super simple way to design and upload monograms to Cricut Design Space.
Easy Monograms in Cricut Design Space
Monograms are a super cute way to personalize your crafts. You can add monograms to almost anything: shirts, tumblers, tote bags, and more!
In a previous tutorial, I showed you how to Make a Monogram in Cricut Design Space using custom fonts. But! There’s an even easier way to make monograms that I want to share with you today.
Here’s my trick for the easiest way to make monograms: Search and use an online monogram generator. And then turn your image into a custom cutting file in Cricut Design Space.
Making monogram projects for your Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine is really easy with this neat trick! Here are the basic steps:
- Choose your favorite monogram generator. (I’ve listed several great choices later on in this post!)
- Use the monogram generator to make a custom monogram .jpg file.
- Upload your monogram image to Cricut Design Space, and convert it to a cut file.
- Save your file, and make your project!
It’s really as simple as that! And I’ll walk you through the process.
But before we get started making monograms, you’ll need to make sure that you can open up the Cricut Design Space program. Cricut Design Space is free to download.
How to Download Cricut Design Space
If you don’t already have Cricut Design Space, you can download it for free following this easy download guide. You can use the program on Mac, Windows, iOS (iPhone or iPad), and Android devices. You will also need to register a Cricut ID, if you do not have one already. Note: A Cricut ID is free, and different from a membership to Cricut Access.
I really recommend that you check out Cricut Access! It’s so awesome and gives me tons of inspiration. Cricut Access gives you monthly or yearly access to the Cricut Image Library of 50,000+ non-licensed images, 1,000+ Ready-To-Make projects, and 400+ fonts — including a ton of beautiful monogram motifs! Go ahead and check out all of the amazing designs you can make with Cricut Access right now!
The Best Monogram Makers
If you search Google, you’ll find a bunch of Monogram Maker or Monogram Generator websites. These free monogram makers will help you make a monogram in just a few minutes time.
You can easily design a super custom monogram with these free monogram makers. Most monogram makers allow you to change the style, font, and colors to be exactly what you want. You can then download your monogram file to use with your Cricut crafts or other projects.
Here are my favorite monogram makers and generators:
Free Monogram Maker from Marks and Graham. This is my favorite free monogram generator. It is very easy to use, and there are 27 different monogram styles to choose from.
Free Monogram Creator from Monogram Frames. Here is another easy to use tool that comes with a bunch of fonts and frames for your monogram.
Free Monogram Generator from JooJoobs. This monogram generator has some simple and classic monogram designs.
Make and Download Your Custom Monogram
After you chosen your monogram maker, use the website to design your custom monogram.
You will input your initials, choose the design style, and make any adjustments as needed. When you are finished, click to download the monogram file. The file will download as a .jpg, or as a .svg/.png if you used the monogram maker from Monogramframes.com
Add your Monogram to Cricut Design Space
Now that you’ve got a custom monogram image, let’s upload it to Cricut Design Space.
Once you’ve opened a new project in Cricut Design Space, look at the bottom of the left-hand toolbar and click the Upload Button. Then, click “Upload Image” and select your monogram file.
After the image file has uploaded, select the image type. I almost always choose Complex, but you can make a different selection depending on your monogram.
Next, you will be prompted to click on any areas of the image that you want to remove. In this case, you will want to click on any white background areas. Don’t forget to remove the small areas of white background from the middle of letters like “a”, “o”, “e” and others.
Once you have removed all of the background areas, click continue. And then click “Save as a cut image.”
You will now see your monogram saved under “Recently Uploaded Images”. You can click on it, and then click the green “Insert Image” button in the bottom-right corner to add it to your canvas. From there, you can adjust the size and alignment of your monogram.
And there you have it! You’ve just created a custom monogram and converted it to a cut file using Cricut Design Space. Now you can use it cut paper, vinyl, or whatever you’d like!
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Sarah Stearns is an artist, maker, and blogger at sarahmaker.com
Her work has been featured in Scientific American, Good Housekeeping, Vox, Apartment Therapy, and more.
Sarah lives and works in North Carolina with her husband and young kids.