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How to Create Your Own Monogram Gallery Wall A step-by-step tutorial

November 19, 2013

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I have been so looking forward to writing today's post.  Today I am going to inspire youto create your own monogram gallery wall.  Are you ready?!  Here is my glorious monogram gallery wall in my foyer.

If you have checked out my other posts, you may have noticed that I am kind oftotally obsessed with typography.  I cannot get enough of it.  Frankly, I have to restrain myself from using it in every room.  Why do I love it so much?  One reason is that it allows me to create DIY art without being able to paint or draw beautiful images.  {How is that for a practical reason?}  The main reason is that it just speaks to me, the way painted canvases may speak to others.

When we moved into our contemporary home last December, I was completely unsure of what to do with the large foyer. I mean, I had never had a foyer before. How the heck do you decorate one?! The amount of the wall space completely overwhelmed me, particularly the large space above the front door.

BEFORE
 

After some pondering and seeing some beautiful images of monogram walls on Pinterest {sigh, I LOVE Pinterest}, I knew I had the perfect solution. Then the work began. Click “Read More” to learn about the step-by-step process I followed to create my monogram wall.

 
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO CREATE YOUR OWN MONOGRAM WALL
  1. I patiently searched for and gathered typography that I loved. This is the most important step. Do not just go around buying letters because they are available and because you need to fill space. BE PATIENT and buy only what you love! It took me about 2 months to find all of my As.
  2. Make sure the scale of the letters is appropriate for the space you are filling. In other words, if you have a large space like I did, you cannot fill it with a bunch of small letters and expect it to work. You have to search and find at least some large scale letters to make any impact on a large wall space.
  3. Do not hang anything until you have enough letters to MAKE AN IMPACT. That is not to say that your collection has to be totally complete {I am sure I will add to mine over time}, but you do not want to hang only three letters, which will cause the effect to be lost.
  4. Perfect your layout on the floor first. Measure and tape out an area on a floor somewhere that mimics the wall area you will be using for your monogram wall. Then play around until you find a layout that you love. Snap a photo of it for reference and get to hanging! {Some people cut out the shapes with paper and tape them on to the wall until they find a layout they like—I am way too impatient to do that. My method is fast and easy!}

That’s really it! ANYONE CAN DO THIS, I PROMISE.  Now, let me share with you some wonderful sources for finding letters that you love.

SOURCE LIST
 
  • Nos. 1 and 6- My stained wood letters came from Craft Cuts. It has almost limitless fonts, sizes and materials to choose from. Mine are the Baltic Birch Wood letters, 3/8 inch thick. They come unstained, so you can choose any stain you want to totally customize them to your needs. Choose your font, choose your material, choose your size. My largest wooden A (20 inches) cost $18.30.  Seriously, this is an amazing online source.
  • No. 2- The black A in the frame I purchased at A.C. Moore. It was white. I sprayed painted it black, but thought it looked a bit boring. So I added a piece of scrapbook paper full of script font behind the letter {I have no idea what it says, it’s in French} and put a silver frame around it.
  • No. 3- The gold canvas with multiple A’s on it was made by me. I simply purchased the canvas, added some nail heads around the edge, spray painted it gold and printed off the letter “A” in a variety of fonts and sizes in black from my regular old printer. Then I cut them out with regular old scissors and played around with the layout. Once I was satisfied, I used Mod Podge to adhere them to the canvas. This is probably my favorite in the bunch, probably because I came up with the idea all on my own. {Take that Pinterest!} Sorry I do not have photos of the process to show you—I made it pre-blog.
  • No. 4- The large, silver Times New Roman A came from Consumer Craftsand is the 23.5 inch.  It only cost $6.97. I spray painted it silver. Easy peasy.
  • No. 5-  The A in the oval frame was also made by me. I purchased a piece of burlap at A.C. Moore and printed off an A in a font and size that would fit within the frame. Then I used a plain old black sharpie to trace it and color it onto the burlap. Yep, that’s it. So easy!
  • No. 7-  This A at the top, riight in the gold frame is a photograph of a metal architectural A that I found on the internet and printed off on my regular old printer. I did not even pay to have this bad boy printed and it looks great. The gold frame I had for years, so I cannot recall where it came from.
  • No. 8 – My boxy, black paper mache A came from Consumer Crafts. It is the 8 inch size. I simply spray painted it black. It was less than $3.00.
You will notice that I stuck with neutral color palette (black, brown and metallics), which is similar to the color palette used in this beautiful monogram wall created by Emily at Jones Design Company.
 
 {Source:  Jones Design Company}
 
It is also similar to to the color palette used in this gorgeous monogram wall created by Kristin at 9 thand Mayne.
 
{Source: 9th and Mayne}

But you can absolutely inject some color. Here is a very successful monogram wall full of color by Michelle at Close 2 My Art.

  {Source: Close 2 My Art}

Now, go create a monogram wall of your own.  If you do, I would love to see the results.

I am thrilled to say this post has been featured on the following WONDERFUL blogs (check them out)!

 
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  1. Nola says:

    I am completely in love with this blog!

  2. kayG says:

    I would so love to try this cause I just moved into a new apartment and the walls are plain. My question is, can i use to to 3 diffeeent letters rather than just 1?

  3. […] surprise to you.  You all know how much I love typography, right?  And you know I have a monogram gallery wall featuring a big collection of “A”s in my foyer.  Well, I want that monogram gallery wall to continue to grow over the […]

  4. Kristin says:

    I’m so excited to be featured in your post!! I just found out about it! Thanks so much!! Love your blog!

    • Tasha says:

      Oh my goodness, Kristin! It is my pleasure. I just LOVE your monogram gallery wall! It was such an inspiration to me. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. michelle says:

    LOVE monograms & typography! beautiful post!
    thanks for including my wall, i’m honored :)
    xo-m

  6. Love this! So creative and unique. If you get a chance, please link up to my link party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/11/sunday-linky-36.html

  7. I have my own monogram wall in my dining room. Most of mine are vintage sign letters that I purchased from Ebay or Etsy. I like a little quirkiness in my decor, and they certainly fit the bill.

    http://www.imbusyprocrastinating.com/2012/05/vintage-letter-rs-on-wall.html

  8. Tausha says:

    Such a great finished project! I LOVE all things letters, so this project is right up my alley. Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Weekend!

    Tausha
    sassystyleredesign.com

  9. I love gallery walls and this one is so creative and easy to do! I love it& I’m pinning this! Definitely inspiring–glad I stopped by from Inspire Me Please.

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thank you, Carrie! You are so sweet. Thank you so much for stopping by. I would love for you to share your photos with me after you complete your project!

  10. KC Coake says:

    I love your monogram wall! It adds so much to that space and looks so neat.

  11. MONICA LIVAS says:

    LOVE the monograms in decoration! Thanks for ideas!

  12. I love this idea!! So unique and sophisticated!

  13. Love this!! Thanks so much for sharing your technique for the canvas! So creative :) I can’t wait to try it!

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