How to Make Block Letters by Cutting Squares of Paper

By Ana Purna
Paper block letters are a fun decoration and learning tool.

Block letters are an excellent way to add text to a collage, scrapbook or poster. Squares of paper can be cut to form the letters of the alphabet, and can then be arranged to make words or initials on a display. These activities can also be a fun way for children to practice scissor work, and become familiar with letters and spelling.

Draw the letter you seek to cut out on your square of paper. Use capitals, and draw the letter somewhat faintly, as you will erase this original mark later on.

Using your pencil, trace the shape of the letter about one inch outside the original letter. You can adjust the distance to make the thickness you desire for your block letter.

Erase the original letter and any other marks that appear inside your block letter.

Cut out the block letter by carefully cutting along the pencil lines. Turn the paper to cut curves in letters such as "G" and "S."

Using the X-acto knife, cut out any interior parts of the letter, as for example in letters "A," "B" and "R".

Tip

You can use a ruler or straight edge to eliminate curves. These block letters will have a more blocky appearance, but are somewhat easier to cut out for small children.

Warning

Do not have young children use an X-acto knife. Cut out the inner pieces for them, or have them fold the paper and cut them out on their own.

About the Author

Ana Purna has covered outdoor adventure, travel, health and fitness for a variety of publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on the websites FeministReview and PaperDolls. Purna is a writer and radio producer in Texas who graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in history.