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DIY Fall-Themed Monogram Wreaths

I’ve been seeing these monogram wreath’s all over the place, and thought it would be fun to make a couple fall themed ones just to see how they turn out!

Confession: I’ve NEVER had a wreath on my door…

Because we have those doors that have a grid of paned glass on the top half. It would just look weird with a wreath. But the beauty of these wooden ‘wreaths’ is that they can be displayed indoors as part of your seasonal décor too!

Make your own custom monogram wreath! {Sawdust and Embryos}

The first step is to create a monogram that is customized to your own family! Here is a really simple tutorial for how to create your file in Microsoft Word. There are also lots of tutorials out there for creating monograms in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, so feel free to google around for the best option for you!

Making a fall-themed monogram wreath using a scroll saw! {Sawdust and Embryos} (2)

The image of our initials above is Monogram KK font and is free to download! I actually ended up using a different font for this project, but I can’t find the exact font for the life of me, so you’ll just have to pretend. There are lots of pretty monogram fonts out there, so pick one that you love and roll with it!

I decided to make one of each of these! Right click and save the image below, and print the one you want to use onto a transparency, along with your monogram!

Fall-themed monogram wreath tutorial! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Then project your image onto a board with an overhead projector, and trace with a pencil. For this project, I used 1/2” plywood (18”square).

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Make sure than when you come back in to trace the letters in, you have them all overlapping. I traced the middle letter on first… making sure it was centered. And then moved the transparency slightly so each of the outside initials would fit and overlap appropriately.

Make a wooden pumpkin monogram using a scroll saw or jigsaw! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Notice how I put little scribbles where the overlap-age was happening? This was to remind me not to cut there! Then I put X’s on the parts that would need to be cut out, and drilled holes there to feed my blade through.

Make your own custom fall-themed monogram wreath... pumpkin shaped or spider web shaped! {Sawdust and Embryos}

I couldn’t decide between using a jigsaw for this, or my scroll saw… and in the end went with the tried and true scroll saw. I just feel more comfortable and precise with it. But if you rock the jig, you could totally go that direction too.

I cut out around the outside of my pumpkin first…

Create a pumpkin-shaped monogram wreath! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Then scrolled out each individual section. This might seem tedious to you, but you get in a groove… and it’s FUN! Each piece that comes out reveals the design more and more!

Use a scroll saw or jigsaw to create your own pumpkin (or spider web!) shaped monogram 'wreath' {Sawdust and Embryos}

This probably took me about 2 hours from start to finish… but dare I say it was a relaxing 2 hours! Just me and that gentle hum of the scroll saw. And the giggle of the twins using a 2×4 as a balance beam nearby.

Make your own fall-shaped Monogram Wreath (either pumpkin or spider web)! {Sawdust and Embryos}

I sanded a little with 220 grit just to knock down any rough edges and sand off any residual pencil lines. And would you look at that detail? I just love!

Use a scroll saw or jigsaw to create your own pumpkin (or spider web!) shaped monogram 'wreath' {Sawdust & Embryos}

To finish things off, I wiped on a little bright orange water-based stain (Unicorn Spit) with a cotton cloth.

DIY Pumpkin-shaped Monogram Wreath Tutorial {Sawdust and Embryos}

I think one of these would look beautiful set in front of a wheat or corn husk wreath on a front door… but I like how it looks on the wall in my house too.

Make your own fall-themed monogram wreath (either pumpkin-shaped or spider web-shaped!) -Sawdust&Embryos

You know I had to make a spider web version too! I went with a single ‘U’ initial for my friend Brooke’s family. She was the first person that came to mind when I was trying to think of a Halloween fanatic. Have you seen how many pumpkins they carve each year over at All Things Thrifty?! It’s cray!

Make your own fall-themed monogram wreath (either spider web or pumpkin shaped) Tutorial by Sawdust & Embryos


I love throwing together little impulsive ideas like this, and having an awesome thing to show for it! And monograms are fun and timeless… it’s impossible to go wrong!

Our family ‘monogram initials’ are decent  (NSB), but my actual initials are a little inapprope… BS! And my first and middle name initials? BJ! Poor me.

Do you have initials that are an unfortunate acronym or spell something silly? Come on, there has to be an ‘LOL’ out there somewhere!


PS! Be sure to check out these other fall-themed projects and recipes from our archives!

DIY Projects and Recipes to try this fall! {Sawdust and Embryos}

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Make your own Fall-Themed Monogram Wreath out of wood... using a scroll saw or jigsaw! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Wall-mounted Secretary Desk for Kids

Children's wall-mounted Secretary Desk {sawdust and Embryos}

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