Place your personal stamp on the holidays with this monogram Christmas decoration. It’s as easy as wrapping cardboard letters with garland and adding the Christmas ornaments of your choice.
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Use our letter patterns as a guide, draw a letter freehand or print a letter in the font of your choice on a home computer. Check that the average lines and curves on the letter pattern are thinner than the diameter of the garland you choose.
From a cardboard box, cut a piece 26 inches square. Use spray adhesive if you need to join two boxes together for a piece the correct size. On each cardboard square, mark out a grid of 1-inch squares.
You can vary the size of the monogram by changing the ratio listed on the patterns. The ratio for each is 1/4 inch equals 1 inch on the cardboard.
Download Garland Monogram Christmas Decoration Letters A-R or Garland Monogram Christmas Decoration Letters S-9, depending on which letter or number you plan to make. Print the letter of your choice. Follow the grid on the pattern and mark out the shape of the letter on the grid drawn on the cardboard.
Use a utility knife to cut out the shape of the letter. Follow a straightedge where needed on the straight lines in the letter. From the leftover cardboard, cut eight 2-inch-square spacers. Stack the spacers in pairs and fasten them together with spray adhesive. Adhere the cardboard double squares evenly spaced on the back of the letter—they’re a good way to reinforce creases in the cardboard. Apply green spray paint (Spruce Green shown) to the cardboard shape and let dry.
Use an awl or nail to poke pairs of holes every 6-8 inches around the shape of the letter, starting at the bottom and centered on the letter shape.
Lay the letter on a flat surface and place garland around the shape of the letter. Cut pieces of floral wire about 6 inches long. Place a wire through one of the holes in the cardboard, wrap the wire around the garland and feed the end to the back of the cardboard through the other paired hole. Twist the wire ends together to hold the garland in place and clip off the excess wire. Repeat to continue wiring the garland in place until you reach the starting point. Trim off any excess garland as needed.
Using wire, attach ornaments to the garland. Make holes near the top of the cardboard to attach loops of floral wire for hanging the finished garland monogram.