How to Make Box Letters

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Decorate your home with handmade, 3-D cardboard letters that spell your last name, your child's name, "Laundry" or "Sleep" for a washroom or a bedroom. With some old diaper or moving boxes and some craft supplies, you can keep up with home decor trends while feeding your need for homemade craft projects. Apply any sort of embellishments that match your existing decor or color scheme or consider using a pop of color to accent the room.

Things You'll Need

  • Word-processing software
  • Printer
  • Printer paper
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Craft glue
  • Craft knife
  • Open a new word processing document and type the alphabet letter you'd like to create from cardboard boxes. Enlarge the letter to a 6-inch height and adjust the font style to the preferred look.

  • Preview the print page to ensure that all parts of the letter are visible and within the printing parameters. Adjust the font size as needed and print the letter onto a piece of printer paper.

  • Cut the letter out using a pair of scissors and trace the outline of the paper letter onto a piece of stiff cardboard. Trace the letter onto a second piece of cardboard and set the stencil aside.

  • Cut out each of the cardboard letters using sharp scissors. Ensure that there are no jagged edges from the cuts.

  • Cut the remaining scraps of cardboard into 1 1/2-inch strips, ensuring that the corrugation is horizontal for ease in bending when making curvy letters such as S or O. The number of strips needed depends on the letter chosen.

  • Lay one of your letters onto a newspaper-covered work surface and squirt hot glue along the edge of the letter, six inches at a time to avoid the glue drying while attaching the cardboard strips. Press the edge of one of the cardboard strips on the hot glue, standing straight up. Continue with the glue and strips until the entire outer edge has been framed.

  • Allow the glue to cool, crumple newspapers and gently place them within the letter framing for added security. Squirt fast-drying craft glue over the exposed cardboard strip edges and carefully lay the second cardboard letter on the top of the letter frame.

  • Allow the letter to dry completely and trim off any mismatched edges with a craft knife on your work surface. The letters are ready for decorating.

Tips & Warnings

  • The letters may be modge-podged with scrapbook paper, painted with acrylic paint or covered with papier mache. Use your craft strengths to decorate your box letters.
  • If your letters are too rounded on the bottom, they may not stand alone and may require a support. Glue another piece of cardboard as the stand for the letters and decorate that as well.

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