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DIY monogram door letter

One little project I have been wanting to do ever since Maya was born was to find a letter ‘M’ to put on the outside of her door – you know, one of those DIY monogram door letters. It’s not like in our wee little house there was any question as to which room was hers (ha – we have 3 interior doors – total!), but I liked the idea of marking her room in some way. And plus, once we (hopefully) have our bigger pad, she will have more of a room all to herself – and not sharing with our small office.

I had been looking out for a big letter ready for crafting with. I didn’t really love any of the ‘M’s at Michael’s (my usual go-to place for craft supplies), so when I saw this one at Walmart I knew it was the one. It wasn’t a “frilly” font, was a good size, and a great price at only $2 on clearance.


I was trying to decide how I wanted to embellish it. I thought about a painting it to appear like a burnished aluminum, straight black, ribbon, etc. but then I was in my room I noticed this scarf that I have. I love the tribal-like pattern on it and thought that I could take this as inspiration and apply it to the letter.DSC_0068

I decided to go with a light grey as a background colour – the white letter itself was a bit marked, so I wanted a layer of paint on it before I applied the pattern. Then I lightly drew on the pattern free-handed. I wasn’t too careful or copied the scarf exactly, but I liked where I ended up.DSC_0066

Since this will go on a plain white door, and as it’s for a kids room, I went bold with the colours. I started with pink and aqua from the existing decor in Maya’s room, and then added in a darker turquoise and bright orange. It’s vibrant and fun, I think. DSC_0228

Nothing is too perfect, but I like the hand painted look to it. DSC_0225


To finish it off, I sprayed it with a clear top coat to keep it protected from chipping and fading. I haven’t actually added two little hooks on the back yet to hang it from a door, but I’ll post a pic when I do! DIY letter via the sweetestdigs

It was nice to get a little crafty again. I have been jonesing to do some creative stuff lately – with the travel and packing up our house – any DIY stuff has gone on the back burner. I already have another project on the go, so hopefully I am getting back into my groove again.

Have you ever put any letter or signage on the doors in your pad? I love a good vintage bathroom sign, or decal. 

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  • I love the colours you picked! It turned out so pretty.

    • gemma

      Thanks Katie!


  • LOVE IT! the colors you chose are super fun. Great hand stencilling!

  • This is a fabulous project! I love how creative, doable and inexpensive it was. I am thinking it was a lot of fun to paint. I also love how you took the reader through your thinking process. Amazing how an unexpected item like a scarf can trigger an idea for a completely different project!

  • What a sweet idea and that paint is so soft and perfect for a little girl’s room!

  • tia

    Cute and crafty! M is one of my favourite letters :)

  • I love monograms too! Yours turned out great. I’ll have to remember to check out Walmart for them!

  • Very cute and colourful :-) And I love that you free-handed the pattern – makes it all the more one-of-a-kind :-)

  • So cute – love the colours! What a sweet way to personalize her room.

    • gemma

      Thanks Dani!