DIY Craft: Decorative Cardboard Letters

January 16, 2014

diy craft: cardboard letters - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hi there lovely readers, Dani from the blog High Walls here to share a story and crafty project for you to try at home.

I was perusing my favorite home ware store the other day when I found myself in front of this giant display of decorative letters in various colors and styles. Immediately I found myself imagining all the different ways I could display initials or words around my home: on the walls or over my mantle, or even in my kitchen. I was 100% ready to snap up a few sets when I suddenly caught sight of the price tag… $15 PER LETTER? I’m sorry, but my bank balance won’t abide by those kind of prices! The letters stayed in the store, and instead I went home and whipped up a few crafty versions of my own.

Materials:
Patterned or colored card stock
Washi tape or invisible tape
Pencil and eraser
Scissors
A ruler

diy craft: decorative cardboard letters - drifter and the gypsy blog

Instructions:
1. Start by sketching out your letters on the front side of your card, using the ruler. You want each letter to be in block form and of even sizing. Measure out each side precisely. My letters are 6 in (15 cm) high and each ‘arm’ of the letter is 1 in (3 cm) wide.
2. Using your eraser, gently erase away any mistakes or excess lines and cut out your first letter.
3. Repeat step one to make a second letter, only this time sketch it out on the back side of the card so that it will be a mirror image of your original letter.
4. Set your letters aside, and cut strips of your card to make the sides of your letters – again, mine were 1 in (3 cm) thick and each was around the length of an A4 sheet of paper. I needed two for each letter, so cut a few.
5. One at a time, measure one side of your letter and then measure out the same distance on one of the strips you just cut. At the measured point, fold the strip over to mark the end of that side. Moving around the edge of the letter, repeat the process of measuring the distance of the edge and matching it to the strip of paper. As you fold the strip should hopefully start to form the shape of your letter. If you run out of room on the first strip, start again with the second – you can join the two later.

diy craft: decorative cardboard letters - drifter and the gypsy blog

6. Once you have all the pieces ready to join, attach the side to your front letter with the tape, starting from the first sectioned off fold you made. If using Washi tape, try to ensure that the tape sits evenly over the joins for a polished end look.
7. Slowly and carefully, make your way around the edge, taping the side pieces to the letter front. This can be a fiddly process so take it slowly.
8. You should now have an empty 3D letter – from this point you can do one of two things:
– If you decide to leave the letter empty and simply attach the rear piece to the sides and then display as is – stick to the wall, hang from a mobile, sit on a shelf
– For heavier letters, fill the inside with rice or pebbles prior to attaching the rear piece. You can then use your letters as book ends of paper weights or just to sturdy up your shelf display

diy craft: decorative cardboard letters - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: decorative cardboard letters - drifter and the gypsy blog

Using this method, you can make a whole alphabet of letters for less than the price of one store bought letter. How can you go wrong with a bargain like that?

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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