January 5, 2016

DIY Marble Monogram

I hope you’re not sick of seeing my favorite wooden letters from Target because I’ve used one again!

You’ll need the following materials to make a marble monogram of your own:

  • Wooden letter, $4
  • Marble contact paper (I’ve been using the same roll for a while)
  • Acrylic paint in the color of your choice, 96¢
  • Foam brush (already owned)
  • 320-grit sandpaper (not shown)
  • A paper plate (or something to squirt the paint onto)

  • Cutting mat
  • Utility knife

The Target letters are pretty smooth to begin with but the edges can be a little rough so I always sand them down with 320-grit sandpaper before painting them. Make sure to wipe the letter off before painting!

I painted the edge (side?) of my letter with matte black acrylic paint:

It was kind of tough to get into the nooks and crannies of the M but I squished the foam brush enough to make it work! If you get any paint on the front of your letter, let it dry and then sand it down so the letter is nice and smooth before you apply the marble contact paper.

The paint dried really quickly so I was able to apply a second coat right after I was done with the first. I don’t know if a second coat was necessary but I wanted to make sure all of the wood was covered :)

After the second coat of paint had dried completely (I waited a half an hour), I rolled out a small section of the marble contact paper that would fit my letter:

I cut the leftover paper off (I re-applied the backing so I could use it later), removed the backing paper and pressed my letter in place.

I used a utility knife to cut around the letter and trim off the excess paper.

Getting into the “V” part of the M was harder than I thought it would be! I don’t have any pictures of the process but I let the blade out of the utility knife as far as possible so I could get closer to the edge of the V without the knife’s casing getting in the way.

Once both edges were cut as close as possible, I flipped the letter over and lifted up the contact paper. I pressed my utility knife against the edge of the V’s curve and used my utility knife to carve away the contact paper.

The edges aren’t perfect but I’m trying to embrace my inner Elsa and “let it go” :)

I'm not sure if I want to add the M to one of our gallery walls (living room or office) or set it on a shelf and decorate around it.

What would you do with marble contact paper?


  1. Please post pics when you have it displayed!

  2. Love it!! Such a cute idea!!!

  3. Another wonderful and fabulous idea. I wanted to buy real industrial letters for the house but this makes me realize I can create my own! Looooove it!

    1. Thank you so much! Go scoop those Target letters up! They're so versatile :)

  4. Wow this is awesome! I think I might just try this, too. You make it look so easy and fun! Great job :)


    1. Thanks Amanda! If I didn't have to take photos for the blog, it probably would have taken me 15 minutes tops! The hardest part is waiting for the paint to dry haha

  5. This looks great! Just picked up some of these letters from target and now I'm wishing I'd purchased more

    1. Aren't the letters awesome?! I hope they never stop selling them!


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