I’m a Southern girl, and us Southern girls love our monograms! I’ve got a fun DIY project for you today that I know you’ll love! I want to show you how to make your own DIY Wood Etched Monogram Clipboard!!
The hardest part of this whole project for me was actually creating the monogram to etch onto my clipboard! But I’m saving you the hassle and showing you exactly what I did.
Head over to Mark & Graham and use their monogram maker to create your own monogram:
Type in your initials (in the correct order) in the space provided, then scroll through their selection of available monogram styles.
You can click on each one to see what it will look like. This was the one I chose.
Then click on Save + Share, enter your email address, and your monogram will be emailed to you for free download!
Next, you’ll need to determine the size of your soon-to-be wood etched monogram. For my clipboard, I wanted mine to be about 3″ in diameter.
Open a new Word doc and insert your new monogram onto the blank page. The monogram graphic is about 3″, but there’s a lot of white space, and I wanted my actual monogram to be 3″.
Add a text box to your desired dimensions. Set the “text fill” to no fill so you can see your monogram behind the text box, then stretch your monogram to fill the box.
You can delete the text box at this point if you’d like. Now just print your monogram, and you’re ready to get started!
I picked up my clipboard at Target for a couple bucks. To make this project, you’ll also need a wood etching, or wood burning, tool, which you can find at your local craft store. Mine came from Michael’s and cost around $30, and it came with several types of tips.
First, tape your monogram to the desired location on your clipboard. I used washi tape so it would easily peel off when I’m finished.
To do the outline of your monogram, you’ll need to use the pointy tip, like a pencil.
Slowly trace around the outline of your monogram. You’ll know it’s working when your wood etching tool burns through the paper onto the clipboard. Contine this for the entire outline.
Peel away your paper and you’ll see the outline of your monogram.
Carefully go back over the entire outline again with the same pointy tip, until you have something like this:
Now it’s time to fill it in.
Allow your wood etching tool to cool completely, then change the tip to the rounded tip to fill in the monogram.
Slowly color in the entire monogram until it’s full.
And that’s it! You have a one-of-a-kind monogram clipboard!
These would make great gifts, too. My bestie Debbie is addicted to monograms and has already put in her request for one!
Have you tried wood etching yet? What will you create with this technique?
You can also etch cork with the same tool & technique, like I did for my Christmas garland!