How to Cut Plastic Letters

There are many reasons you might wish to keep reusable letters on hand. One common use is to teach children the alphabet or spelling. You can attach Velcro or magnets to the back of your letters and hang them on the wall or on metal appliances or bulletin boards. The letters can be easily arranged on these surfaces, even by children. If you simply made these letters from notebook paper, they would wear out quickly. Construct letters encased in plastic laminate film that can be used many times over.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Brightly-colored permanent markers
  • Scissors


    • 1

      Outline alphabet letters on brightly-colored construction paper with a pencil, in case you make a mistake. Use block printed letters. Make each letter large enough that you can easily cut them out.

    • 2

      Go over the pencil lines with permanent markers. Washable markers may smear in the plastic laminating machine. Let the letters sit for five or ten minutes to make sure the marker pigment is dry.

    • 3

      Cut out each construction paper letter with sharp scissors. The thicker marker lines are easier to follow than pencil lines. Run each letter through a plastic laminating machine and let the finished sheets of laminate cool until they are no longer warm to the touch.

    • 4

      Cut the letters out of the plastic laminate sheeting. Do not cut too closely to the edge; allow about 1/8-inch border of plastic laminate all the way around. Use your finished plastic laminated letters as you wish.

Tips & Warnings

  • It may seem easier to put full sheets of construction paper through the laminating machine. But since plastic lamination seals where the layers touch, cutting out the letters after laminating may cause the laminate layers to peel apart.
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