Framed monogram tutorial

As a female, I take up the majority of the bed and one of my favourite pastimes is duvet stealing (I say it makes up for the constant snoring I have to listen to every night). However I am still a firm believer in ‘your side’ and ‘my side’…a boundary that shouldn’t be crossed if that darling husband of mine wants to keep his body parts intact. Those pillows I have rigorously selected are mine and god forbid any should find their way onto his side, there will be hell to pay.

Which is why when I bought a few too many bargain Ikea frames I decided to take it upon myself to not only show the world which side of the bed is mine, but also create a simple yet effective design on an otherwise plain empty wall.

I do get a lot of comments and ‘where did you get these from?’ on my Instagram page with even a few followers recreating the look themselves – so I thought it would be a good idea to do a blog post on how I made these.

Time taken: 1 hour (including paint drying time – otherwise 10 minutes)
Cost: £28 approx

What you need –

  • Glue gun: you can pick these up for around £5 in most craft places – hobbycraft sell a fun mini pink or blue one which I absolutely love –
  • 2x Ikea RIBBA frames: I used the 50x50cm ones which are £9 each –
  • Paint or wallpaper: depending on the look you’d like. I painted the back of the frame with the same colour as my walls (wilkinsons ‘coastline’) to blend in for a simple effect however you could chose a contrasting colour or even pick up a couple of wallpaper samples to put behind for free from local DIY places. You will also need some white paint for the letters
  • Initials including an ‘&’ sign: I got mine from ebay (seller: lissaj2006 – item number 281436809326) which are 15cm high and cost £1.60 each including P&P. I went for the 15cm option.
  • Others – paintbrushes

Instructions –

  1. Firstly paint (or wallpaper) the back of your frame – I literally painted the paper that comes with the frame to show the dimensions when buying
  2. Secondly, paint your initials including ‘&’ sign
  3. Thirdly, once all the paint is dry, use your glue gun to stick the letter to the painted paper (making sure it is central to the mount). I also used my glue gun to stick the painted ‘&’ sign onto the wall in the middle of the two frames…probably not advisory if you want to remove and not redecorate however!
  4. And finally, hang the frames.

Et voila! Simples.

Love, Charlotte x



  1. January 16, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    Such a lovely idea! Cant wait to create this for my home 🙂 Thank you for sharing! x

  2. January 20, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    I made one today for my house after reading this. Amazed with how well they turn out! Thank you x

  3. January 23, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    These are lovely 🙂
    Does the glass fit over the letters or have you left the glass out the frame?

  4. January 25, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    Ahh amazing! So glad I could inspire somebody. Would love to see a pic of the finished project x

  5. January 25, 2015 / 3:05 pm

    The frames quite deep so the letters are inset nicely 🙂

  6. September 21, 2015 / 12:03 pm

    What thickness size are the letters ? X

  7. August 7, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    How thick are the letters you Bought? 🙂