By Christina “ICON” Shin, Staff Writer

I made a monogram plaque as part of my G-Little’s gift for her birthday and wanted to share because the project was so easy and inexpensive. You can make these plaques as gifts or make one for yourself.


  • A wooden plaque
  • Wood letters
  • Sand paper
  • Wood glue (or any strong glue like E600)
  • Paint(s) of your choice
  • Paintbrush
  • Any decor pieces like ribbon, stickers, and etc.


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  1. First, sand the wooden pieces to smooth down any rough edges.
  2. Then, paint the wood in the colors you like. Paint about three coats.
  3. Glue the letters onto the wooden plaque. Make sure you don’t use too much glue because the glue will bleed out onto the sides when you push down on the letters. If the glue bleeds, use a cotton swab to take the excess off before it dries.
  4. Allow the glue to dry. You can leave it as is or use different materials to decorate. 
  5. To display, you can either glue a ribbon on the back, attach picture frame hooks, or place it on a picture frame holder. To make the gift of the plaque more personal, you can write a letter or note to the person receiving the plaque just like you do on a paddle. The DIY monogram plaque is now finished! 



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