Create a split letter monogram in Cricut Design Space so that you never have to pay for one again. Make one for free whenever you need one from now on!
If you find yourself looking for split letter monograms or are interested in creating your own, this article is for you. You can make a split monograms in Cricut Design Space in a fraction of the time it takes to go looking for a set to buy, and you can do it for free. You can save them and reuse them as many times as you want!
To make one takes only 5 easy steps. The most time-consuming part of making your own is looking for fun fonts to use to make the split monograms, and once you’ve found a few, you won’t have to go looking for more unless you really want to.
I promise that anyone of any skill set with Cricut Design Space can do this. All you have to do is follow my step-by-step instructions. Beginners and seasoned users alike can make a split letter monogram. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
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The split letter monogram that we will be creating
What you will need:
- Cricut Design Space
- 2 fonts you like. Cricut Access provides plenty to choose from. I will be using Monogram KK from dafont.com and Americana Std from Cricut Access. If you don’t have Cricut Access they have a 30-day free trial, or you can use fonts that came with your computer (system fonts) or download fonts from dafont.com or another site. Make sure they have a personal use license.
How to install a font on a Windows computer.
How to install a font on a Mac computer.
The screen shots and videos are from Cricut Design Space for Windows.
Step 1 – Create your split-letter-monogram initial letter
In this first step, we will create the monogram letter by typing our letter and selecting our font, then resizing it to a workable size.
- Open Cricut Design Space.
- Select “New Project” in the upper-right hand corner.
- On the left-hand menu, select “Text”.
- Type the letter you’d like to use for your monogram.
- In the upper-left menu, select the drop down for the fonts. Choose a font or search for the font you installed for the monogram letter (I’m using Monogram KK from dafont.com).
- Resize the monogram letter. In the “H” (height) box in the upper-middle panel, resize your letter. I chose 6″. Try 6″ and see how big it is. If it’s too big (or small), try smaller (or larger) until it is the size you want.
Step 2 – Slice your letter
In this step, we are going to create the “hole” in the monogram letter where we type the name. We will use a rectangle and the slice function to create the “hole”. This step may seem the most complicated, but it just has a few more steps.
- On the left-hand side, select “Shapes”, and select the square with the sharp edges. Click on the lock on the bottom left on the square to unlock the proportional scaling for the rectangle.
- On the bottom right, click, hold and drag the square with the arrows to create a rectangle the height of the hole/slice you’d like to create that will be large enough for the name in the monogram letter.
- Moving your cursor over the rectangle. Click, hold and drag the rectangle over the monogram letter into the middle where you’d like the hole to be. Continue to resize the rectangle if necessary.
- Click, hold and drag your cursor across the rectangle and the monogram letter to select the rectangle and the letter.
- While both are selected, select “Slice” on the lower right-hand menu.
- Click, hold and drag the monogram letter away from all the other pieces. Note that the monogram letter now has a “hole” in it.
- Click, hold and drag around all of the other pieces to select them. Press “delete” to remove the selected pieces. You should be left with your monogram letter with the hole in it.
Step 3 – Create 2 lines
In this step we are going to create the 2 bars that line the top and bottom pieces of the monogram letter where the slice has been removed.
- In the right-hand menu, select “Shapes”. Select the square with the sharp edges.
- Unlock the square in the bottom left and elongate and reduce the height of it.
- Click, hold and drag the square to the bottom of the monogram letter in the sliced area so there is no space between it and the monogram.
- In the upper menu, resize the width and length to the desired height and width. I used 0.13″ H x 5.5″ W.
- Right-click on the bar and select “copy”. Then, right-click and select “paste”. You can also select the bar and click on “duplicate” in the upper-right hand menu of the screen if you choose.
- Move the duplicated bar to the bottom of the sliced area on the monogram letter. We will align everything at the end.
Step 4 – Add the name
In this step we will use the second font to add the name to the sliced area between the bars.
- Select “Text” in the right-hand menu.
- Type the name you want to use in the text box.
- Go to the font area in the upper-left menu area and select the drop-down arrow.
- Search for or scroll to the font you would like to use for the name. Select the font. I am using Americana Std, available through Cricut Access. You can use this, or select the font that you have chosen for your name.
- Click, hold and drag the text box into place between the 2 bars in the sliced area in the monogram letter.
- Resize the text if necessary to fit using the resize circle on the bottom right of the text box or using the “H” (height) and “W” (width) boxes in the upper menu.
Step 5 – Weld everything together
Now that we have all the components for the split letter monogram, the only thing left to do is to put it all together in one piece. We will first align the bars and the name so they line up nicely, then use the Weld function to make it one.
- Click, hold and drag across everything so it is all selected.
- In the upper menu, select “Align”, “Center horizontally”. The 3 items should line up.
- Click, hold and drag around everything on the screen again.
- Select “Weld” in the lower-right hand corner.
That is all there is to creating a split letter monogram. Now that you know how to do it, you can create as many as you want! In fact, you can save the monogram after step 3 to reuse whenever you need that letter monogram (or do the same with any letter!)
You can create more split letter monograms in advance so that you have an entire alphabet if you would like. Would you like to create a split monogram using an image instead? Follow the same directions. Instead of slicing the letter “M”, you will slice whatever image you want to use.
Let me know in the comments what questions and issues you may have, or if there’s information you would like for me to include that’s not here.
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