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3D Cardboard Letters


How many of you have seen this big cardboard or paper maché letters in the craft store? Beautiful, ah? And with a lot of options to decorate. But, when I see my daughter’s name length, I realize thata I was going to spend a lot of money in them. So, I decided to make them myself. It was not that difficult and the things that you need, you probably have them around your house. So, let’s begin!

You will need:

  • Cardboard box 
  • Stencil (I print some letters made in Word. Insert a Word Art in your Word document and make it big enough to cover almost all the page. I did it at 750 pt and the letters are like 9″ high.)
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Exacto knife 
  • Scissors
  • Things to decorate (Craft paper, gift wrap, acrylic paint, spray paint, or whatever you want to use to decorate them.)

      How to make it:

      1. Cut the stencil with the scissors.
      2. Put the stencil in the cardboard and draw it with the pencil. You can put a little tape so it doesn’t slip. You must trace 2 of each letter for the two sides.
      3. Cut the letters out with an Exacto knife. Use the ruler to make sure the lines are straight.
      4. For the sides, cut long cardboard strips of 1.5″ wide.
      5. Start the assembly putting hot glue and attaching the cardboard strips to the letter border. If the letter has a hole in the middle start making the hole border first. You must bend the cardboard so it fits in the borders.
      6. Put hot glue in the top of the finished border and put the other side of the letter.
      7. Cut any excess and you have made a 3D cardboard letter!
      8. Now it’s time to use your imagination and decorate them. Since mine are for my daughter’s Frozen birthday, I decorate some of them with a silver gift wrap with snowflakes that I had left from past Christmas. The other half, I painted them with acrylic paint and put some white cardstock simulating snow. You can use whatever you want and add flowers, beads or literally anything. 

        8 letters are as long as my rectangular eating table for 6 people

      Hope you liked this post. Please share and comment if you try to do this 3D cardboard letters and share your pics with us.

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      2 thoughts on “3D Cardboard Letters

        • A Reason to Craft says:

          They are aprox 9″ big. I printed them that big. Insert a WordArt with the letter you want and make it 750pt for aprox 9″ letters. They were big enough that I had to put them in the floor instead of the table. Hope it helps.

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