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DIY Vinyl Monogram

I am officially obsessed with my new Cricut Explore that my husband got me for Christmas.  I have been putting gold monograms on everything from my planner to wine glasses and coffee mugs.  Today, I am showing you to create a DIY vinyl monogram.

After getting a Cricut and discovering all of the vinyl projects these DIY Vinyl Monograms have become my favorite.  Place the vinyl on coffee mugs, wine glasses, you name it.  A perfect DIY gift idea!

Supplies you’ll need:

Cricut Explore

Outdoor Permanent Vinyl

– Photoshop

Cricut Tool Set

Transfer Tape


– A mug or glass to place your vinyl on

Open up Photoshop.  Start with a new file (I sized this one 8.5×11).

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I used the font Vine Monograms Font Family (which I paid for).   The free font Monogram KK I hear is also great.

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With the Vine Monogram Font you must use lowercase letters on either side and an uppercase letter for the middle initial to create that unique monogram look.

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Resize by going to Edit > Transform > Scale.  Then while holding down the Control key drag a corner and scale to the size that you’ll want your vinyl printout to be (mine was roughly about 3 inches x 3 inches).

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Then save the document as a jpeg file to your desktop.

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Open up your Cricut Design software.

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Click Insert Images on the toolbar on the left-hand side of the page:

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Select basic upload.

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Browse and select the file that we just created.

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I selected moderately complex image as we will need to delete the white background from some of the intricate parts of the monogram design.

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Once the file opens up start clicking on the white background until it all disappears from the design.

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Press continue and your image will then be seen on the cutting mat.  Drag into the top left-hand corner.

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Once in the left top-hand corner press the Cricut “Go” button on the top menu.

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Cut your vinyl to size and apply to the left top-hand corner of your cutting mat.  Press the arrow key on your Cricut machine to load the cutting mat.

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Once the mat is loaded properly press the Cricut logo button which should be flashing if everything is loaded properly.

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Your machine will begin cutting the image as seen on the screen.

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Peel your vinyl away from the cutting mat.

Then take your hook tool and gently begin peeling back all vinyl surrounding your monogram.  Be sure to move slowly as not to peel any vinyl away from the original design.

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Cut your transfer tape to size.

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Peel the backing off of the transfer tape.  And apply the grid-side over your monogram design.  Move slowly and smooth as you go to avoid bubbles.

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Use your Cricut spatula to smooth over your design and adhere the transfer tape.

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Turn your monogram over and gently peel the ORIGINAL backing away from the vinyl leaving the monogram imprinted onto the transfer tape.

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Use the transfer tape grid lines to determine where on your mug the vinyl should go.

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Using the spatula start from the middle and work outward.

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Then gently peel away the transfer tape.

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  • Brittney - Cute! Do you have a silhouette machine too? I’m trying to decide between the two and leaning towards the silhouette. Do you like one or the other more?