monogram crafting with the kiddos

i’m pretty sure i’ve confessed it before, but i don’t really love crafting with the kids.  i think it may be partially because of my youngest’s age (and general nuttiness), but it tends to be more chaotic than fun.  and i think crafting should be fun!

but awhile back i decided to get off my tail and come up with a fun monogram craft.  my kids love their initials and have since they were first able to recognize “their letter”.

i found a bold font and printed just the outline of it on some white cardstock (i get mine from walmart).

i use every last scrap of fabric, so this pleased me so much to put to use the itty bittiest of pieces!

i helped guide silas in his color selections, but let the girls have free reign.

we glued inside the lines and i cut all the pieces small enough to fit inside, then let him place each piece wherever he wanted.

this was such an easy, quick craft that there wasn’t even any time for crying or complaining!

gracie wanted all of her pieces to fit exactly within the lines.

i love how different they all are, especially lily’s 2 random pieces!


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    This was a good idea! I will do it with my pupils!

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    SO cute…great idea. This would be great for school parties Monday using a heart/paper if fabric scraps arent available…cute and easy keepsake! Love your blog.

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    Super cute! I am also not a fan of crafting with my kids; 3 boys 6 & under. It always turns into such a mess & stresses me out! Love the extra scrap’s on Lily’s. They look like butterflies!

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    Too too cute!

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    Love how they turned out. I’d rather craft than play action figures any day. Just sayin!

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    oooooh lindsey…..i love this!! totally inspired to create a framed letter for my little girls room!!!!!

    great way to use all the scraps:))

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    What a GREAT idea! Those turned out SO cute.

    My posey pin makes me smile every day. I pinned it on one of my pillows before Christmas and can’t bear the thought of moving it. :)

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    what a fabulous idea!! they look great. so fun!

  9. 9

    So cute! That would be a great craft for my classroom!

  10. 10

    those are adorable!! what a fun little craft for your kiddos!

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    omg… thats adorable. I kinda wanna do it for myself. haha!

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    what an adorable craft! i always loved crafting with my mom when i was little. she was always eager to let me join in too….as long as i didn’t shake the table.

  13. 13

    Neat idea. I’ll tuck this away in case we have another snow day this winter…

  14. 14

    adorable idea. :)

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    SUPER cute! I love it!!!!

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    Those are TOO cute. What a great project.

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    cute! I typically save all of my scraps too. then there is that one day that I am so sick of seeing scraps/junk I have to throw the little pieces away!

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    CUTE! Yes, crafting with the kids can be more stressful then fun. My kids do a lot of that on their own at times. We have a span of 10 years between them so crafts that fit all never happens.

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    LOVE this! And I feel the same way about crafting with my kids. Twin 4 year old boys don’t really have an attention span…and they are completely spasmadic. BUT, I’m going to try this today!

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    Definitely stealing this idea. Thanks!

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    Chrissy N. says:

    hey, I appreciate your honesty about crafting with little ones because girl, I get ya there! but this is so cute! and I could definitely enjoy this with them. Thanks for sharing!!

  23. 23

    Super cute! What a great idea.

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    I love this! Perfect for a snow day like today!

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    I can handle crafting with kids…baking is another story.

    Super cute project!

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    What a cute idea! I did something similar this week with my little guy for vday (we used scrapbook paper instead of fabric), but I LOVE the idea of doing a letter…and what a great way for you to use up all of your extra fabric scraps! A few months ago, I did a big cross with the scrapbook paper pieces. Maybe I’ll have to do a post about that sometime, it was actually my favorite!

    Have a great day!

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    lily’s 2 random peices look like 2 kiss marks! what a fun project!

    we’re planning on making some valentines today. wish me luck!


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    So cute! I can totally relate on the crafting with kids thing. STREEESSSSFUL! I feel the same way about cooking with them. Gosh, I sound like a fun mom! ;)

    I’ll have to give this a try. But why oh WHY did I just throw away all those scraps last week?! Dang it!

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    Love Love Love this! I am always trying to find new ideas and this is a great one! Isn’t Lily a great name?! I have a Lili (Lilijana) too!

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    What a great idea! These are adorable and make me think of so many similar craft ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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    Oh so cute!! This would be a perfect craft for Craft Camp this summer. We still need to talk about that! :)

  32. 32

    very, very sweet idea! i have a little niece with a birthday coming up. what a great gift idea. i’ll package it up for her to make herself! she’ll love it! thanks so much!

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    Love this! A great use for fabric/paper scraps. I bet my boys would really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing!

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    fun! i’m with you, though…lily’s two pieces off to the side have to mean something, right? :) it’s too cute…

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    very, very cute! thanks for a great idea. i now know what our next craft project will be in this house…and i am with you. crafting with kiddos is a lot of work!

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    Those turned out so cute! That would actually be a fun “adult” craft, too! I can see making a cute sign with baby’s name on it for a nursery! And you gotta love any project that uses up all those little scraps!

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    Very cute idea! I love it! I am the same way with scraps of paper, fabric, etc. I keep it around “just in case”. This is such a clever way to use it all up!

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    I love cute…so easy. I was just thinking that my boys needed some monograms for their bedroom doors and what I would make,but these could certainly be framed for their shelves in their bedrooms. Thanks for the idea!

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    Such a fun idea!!
    you have such pretty fabric scraps
    and such lucky kids

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    If I had kids I would do this!!! So cute and not too overwhelming for the kids or the mommy! great idea!

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    Fantastic idea! Simple and easy. I, too, am not too fond of the kid crafty time – Gotta love preschool for that! We’ve been enjoying making “menus” lately – Cutting out food items from junk mail and pasting them onto “menus” for friends and family. So fun what kids can come up with on their own.

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    My daughter had a play date with triplets yesterday!!!As soon as I saw this, I ran out and bought the supplies. I substituted colorful paper for fabric. It was great and super easy! Thanks for the post:)

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    I completely agree about crafting with the kids. Maybe when my boys get older? Anyway, love this idea – we are totally doing this!

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    Love this idea! Might have to “steal” it and make me one for my craft room! :)

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    So cute! What a fabulous idea!!!

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    What a great idea! I knew I was going to be able to use all of those fabric scraps that I’ve been saving for someday. Thanks for sharing!!!

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    I loved this project, so fresh and innovative, and something that I think my six year old would love. Plus its something I can put in her room.

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    Love the countertop. I want it! and what a cute idea the scrap material monograms are! glad i just found your blog.

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    Thanks for the idea. I think this would be an adorable “new baby” gift. I don’t have the fabric scraps but I have tons of scrapbook paper scraps. My girls could help make the initial and then frame it, wrap it, gift it. So cute – thanks!

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    Love this idea!

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    Simple and cute, I will be borrowing this idea – for sure.

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    I’m going to do this at my soon-to-be 4 year old’s “craft” birthday party. Did you actually print the letters from the printer directly on the card stock or did you print out the letters and then trace them on to get the outline? What font did you use that allowed you to just print the outline?

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