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How To Make a Blog Header Without Really Trying

I think I actually did something to my blog that, shall I say….looks pretty decent?
It was by accident really.
Not really even trying.
Okay, I probably shouldn’t have started a tutorial post with such low confidence.
This is definitely why I am not ever going to be featured on Blogher’s home page.
I loved the blog header I had.
My friend Jen created it for me last fall and it was perfect.
But I get antsy every once in a while.
As evidenced by how many times I flip the furniture around in my house.

The above was all the same room.
In one year. 
Recently, I had been kind of noticing blog headers online.
Just stumbled upon them, I wasn’t even really looking.
I was on Etsy one day and noticed that they sell blog header packages.
The prices were pretty reasonable, like 30 dollars for a package.
But I am cheap.
And I am broke.
Our house turns 14 this year.
It is in this year that our home decided to crap out.
We have dumped 3000 dollars in repairs to our home since February.
Not on FUN stuff, things like a new water heater, a new dishwasher, a new air conditioner fan, and roof repair because of POLAR VORTEX and HAIL and LOCUSTS.
So 30 dollars to make my blog pretty wasn’t gonna make the cut.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.

The real itch started back in the fall or winter, not sure when exactly it was.
My friend Jeanette did this amazing header on her blog using only Pic Monkey.
I was stoked.

It was beautiful, simple and classic.
I wanted that header.
I put it on the back burner of my brain and revisited it every once in a while.

When all of a sudden out of the blue, a nibble.
A little nibble.
I got a cartoon caricature of myself as a gift for my birthday from my brother and sister in law.

It is the cutest idea and I had never even thought about something like this.
But I guess most people don’t go around trying to find a cartoon character of themselves.
I think you need a cartoon character of yourself.
Don’t you?

Here I am!

What a good hair day I was having!
And I look a lot like Ellen DeGeneres.
I love that. 
My sister in law sent in the headshot from Listen To Your Mother here:

Photo courtesy of Brandi and Balee Images

First I love that she used this picture because it will always remind me of my first and probably only professional headshot.
I never ever want to forget this experience, I mean, I know I won’t but it is cool that I will always have this picture to remind me that I had a time in the spotlight once.
And it was STELLAR.

For first time visitors, this is how my blog works.
I ramble.
If you aren’t keen on that kind of blog jive, you won’t be happy here.
You might want to move on to a more professional tutorial.

OK, are they gone?


I digress.

This is how you can create a header on your Blogger blog (I don’t “do” WordPress because I don’t “understand” WordPress)
Again, why I will never be on the home page of Blogher.

Go to Pic Monkey and open up the link at the top that says Design.

Aren’t my pictures great?
I was going to add little arrows and graphics to make it look all HuffPo pretty but alas, I got tired.
And bored.
And hungry.
So this is all you get.
I was the kid in fifth grade that made the diorama with a graham cracker box, tooth floss, and Easter grass and called it the “prehistoric era”.
You are welcome to all the kids who went after me. 

Once you click DESIGN, it will give you some options on the side bar.

One of such options is canvas color.
You can pick any color you like but I wanted either white or transparent.
I originally picked white but when I went to add it to the blog, you could see where the header began and space where it didn’t fill the entire top part of the blog ended.
It really didn’t look that bad but for OCD Kari?
It bothered me.
So I went back and checked off the Transparent canvas box.
Now you can’t see the line at all.

Next option I picked is size.
I found this tutorial on Pinterest which pointed me in the right direction for Blogger header sizes.
900 x 200.
Read here for more detail and quite honestly, just go there and don’t come back here because I am sure she will direct you better than I could ever do.
But DO come back when you are done with the header.
Because I really like you.

So you have resized the canvas to fit the top of your blog and choose the color of the canvas!
NOW you are ready to design your header, which is where the real fun begins.


I first worked on what I wanted my title to look like.
I have lots of fonts I love to use in Pic Monkey.
Channel and Mission Script are two of my favorites.
But I used Ostrich Sans Inline for the current title.

Which isn’t the font above.
Because if this were a good tutorial, I would have taken pictures of the ACTUAL FONT I USED.
By the way, when you check the box off that says TRANSPARENT, the background will look like above.
Little squares.
Which when you do this without a tutorial, will freak you out to the point of shaking.
AM I DRUNK?!?!?!?!

The squares are there, apparently, to prove to you that yes indeed it is transparent.
The squares are there to screw around with you.
Cocky little squares.
After you choose your font and get it all set with sizing etc., you might want to add a little something extra.
Like mustaches.
Or bowler hats.
Or cartoon pictures of yourself.
With big balls.

I like balls.
I said it.
Who the frick doesn’t???
I thought it would be fun to have balls all over my header.

You choose.
If I am choosing, I say balls.
If my mom were choosing, she would say circles.
This is why my mom is a better person than I.
She would disagree with this sentence.
But she is.

I just clicked on Overlays on the left side where the pretty butterfly is.
The butterfly holds the balls.
Well not literally.

Click on Geometric to go to the balls.
Or “circles”.
You can then change the colors from black to any color of the rainbow.

There are so many options from this point, that is why it is so much fun.
Play around with your balls.
Your triangles.
Your stars.
But definitely your balls.

* It was after I published this that I realized I never told you how I plugged in my cartoon self.
It was saved to my computer as a picture file.
All I did was add it to the canvas as a photo and voila! *

I had so much fun, I made four headers.




#3 and #4 look almost identical.
I kind of went nuts with the balls.
Or you aren’t ten years old.
Like me.

Which one do you like best?
I like that I have options.
Because we all know I move furniture and random people around in my house all the time because I get a wild hair and feel the need for change.
So let us say some crappy January day I decide to up and change my header?

So that is it!
I hope I helped you decide that even you can change your blog header.
OR I helped you decide to never follow any kind of tutorial on this blog again.
Yes, probably the second one.

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I love to write about my family, John Hughes, tacos and Bruce Hornsby. Not necessarily in that order.


  • Andrea

    Oh my gosh! Now I have no excuse for not having a relatively cool header (meaning it will not be as cool as yours)…Change scares me sometimes and I am indecisive, so I am hoping I can talk my 14 year old into believing this is the most fun she could possibly have this summer. I mean, she totally have my best interests at heart, right?

    • Kari at A Grace Full Life

      You can do this!!!
      Change scares me to death.
      Tell your 14 year old to create your header for you.
      Now THAT is some fun.

  • Shannon from Deepest Worth

    Your header is awesome, but that is not why I love this post. I love this post because it made me laugh. Loudly.

  • Andrea Mowery

    Or something like that.
    I don't "get" WordPress either. Not that I've tried to.

    Your tutorials sound like my recipes.
    Which means we must be friends.

    Is it weird that after reading your blog that I tend to think in short sentences?

    Watch out, blogger – Imma make mahself a new header. Thanks for the most awesome tutorial, Kari!

  • B. Wilson @ Windy {City} Wilsons

    Dang. You just might motivate me to update mine. I love picmonkey and use it all the time… but often don't use the creations on my actual blog. Guess I better get off my rear. your picture is awesome and amazing job on the header!

  • Joules (from Pocketful of Joules)

    You are too funny Kari girl. Just to make sure, you checked to see if you could use the illustration for anything you want, right? The last thing you want is small print in the artist release… I also got a hair up my butt about blog design over the weekend and made some updates. =)

  • Leigh Ann

    I'm on WP, but I may try this.
    And I'm making it my mission in life to teach you how to take a screenshot, so you don't have to actually take photos of your screen. Which is totally adorable.

  • Sandra

    Like I said, I LOVE IT! I used PicMonkey for my header, too. But that was a bazillion years ago. Maybe I need a new do, too. I'd read your tutorial any day. You always make me LOL!

  • Keith Stewart

    Thanks for the tips! It is so thoughtful of you to let us all use your caricature and everything! Wait, did you mean for us to use our own pics?

  • Pam Kessler

    All the time I have been on PicMonkey and I have never even remotely checked out what Design does? Now I feel pretty stupid. I love the new header and I love the cartoon you. Wonder if the cartoon people could do me, but only thirty pounds lighter and with my roots colored in?

    • Kari at A Grace Full Life

      I want to be a supermodel in my next cartoon.
      Maybe I will send in a picture of Gisele Bundchen.
      Or someone I like.

  • Melanie

    Ha ha ha…balls. I like #1 cuz there's lots of balls and #4 cuz there's big balls. Now who sounds 10 years old?! Anyway, your header is awesome. I've always made mine in PicMonkey but I like how you used images instead of photographs. Guess what I'm going to be fooling around with tonight, thanks to you? No, not balls…with my blogger header. (I move furniture and stuff all the time, too…but I think you have me beat with re-doing the same room 3 times in one year!)

    • Kari at A Grace Full Life

      In fairness to myself, I haven't moved it around since last year.
      That is a record for me!
      Have fun!!

  • Artsy VaVa

    Thanks for the great tutorial and for making me laugh! I've been wanting to change my header but was afraid I'd screw it up (my mother would have said "mess it up.") My blog is also too narrow. Any tips for fixing that?

    • Kari at A Grace Full Life

      Are you on Blogger?
      If so, go to Template, then Customize.
      Click on Adjust Widths to the left and that is where you can widen your blog.
      If it can't be widened any more, I am not sure what to tell you.
      Good luck!

  • Kari at A Grace Full Life

    I love your header!!! And I love your little face up there on it- you did an awesome job, and thanks for the link to me. I like balls to, but prefer to demurely call them dots. And then giggle behind my hand.

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