How to Make a Script Monogram in Cricut Design Space
This post may contain Affiliate Links. Read my full disclosure for more info
When I got my Cricut Explore Air 2, the first thing I did was learn was how to make monograms. Since then, I have been monogramming everything! Today, I am going to share with you my tips and trips on how to make a script monogram using the Cricut software. If you prefer, circle monograms, then jump to my post on how to make circle monograms instead.
Before we begin, you will need to make sure that you have a script font to use. If you have a subscription to Cricut Access, you will have access to a lot of different fonts to use for this as a part of your membership. For the sake of this tutorial, we’ll use a free font that anyone can download to create script monograms for their own personal use.
Free Script Monogram Fonts
For this tutorial on how to make a script monogram, I will be using the Monogram KK font. But, I will leave 4 other free fonts that work well with script monograms as well. The Monogram KK is my favorite free font for script monograms because you can use it to make interlocking monograms.
What order do Initials go in a Monogram?
The order of the initials will depend on the type of monogram that you are creating. If you are creating a monogram where all 3 letters are the same size, the order will go: first name initial, middle name initial and last name initial.
Traditionally, monograms are created with 3 letters. The first and last will be the same size, with the middle letter being the largest. When monograms are created this way, the order for the monogram is: first name initial, last name initial, middle name initial.
For example, my initials are KAF. When creating a monogram with all letters the same size, the order is KAF. However, I prefer the traditional format where the middle letter is the largest. In this example, the order is KFA.
How to Make a Script Monogram in Design Space
If you don’t already have Cricut Design Space, you can download it and create a free account here. Before we get started, make sure you have your font downloaded that you plan to use as well.
Create Your Text
1. Open Cricut Design Space and select Create a New Project.
2. Type your first name initial using the text tool.
3. With your initial selected, choose the font. If you don’t want to see all of the Cricut Access fonts, click on “System” and only the fonts on your computer will show.
4. Resize your initial. You can use the resizing arrow on your letter to do this, or type a specific dimension manually.
5. Create your middle initial. To do this, click on the initial you already created and click “duplicate”. This will duplicate your letter so the font and size will match your original letter. Double click on the letter to change it to your middle initial.
6. Create your last name initial. Repeat the steps for duplicating the initial. Then resize your last name initial so it is about 40% larger than your other 2 initials. This doesn’t have to be exact math. Just make sure you like the way the sizing looks.
Align and Distribute
Arrange your initials to the spacing that you want them. They don’t have to be perfect, we will be able to perfectly align and distribute them once you have them in place. You may like your monogram with your letters overlapping or further apart. You can arrange it in different ways until you like the placement.
Once you have them in place, select all 3 initials and under the Align drop down menu, select Center Vertically. This will perfectly align all of the initials.
While all 3 initials are still selected, using the Align menu again, select Distribute Horizontally. This will evenly distribute each letter.
Weld or Attach
If your initials overlap like in this example, you will need to weld them together. But, if the initials do not touch, you will attach them together instead. If you skip this step, the letters will cut as individual letters, instead of how they are appear on the screen.
It’s time to prepare your vinyl and your Cricut Mat for cutting! NOTE: If using Iron-on, don’t forget to MIRROR your design!
Want to learn more? Check out all the Cricut Design Space tutorials!