How to Make Wooden Letters

By Annie Wang

Wooden letters are a charming addition to any room's decor and can be painted or decorated to perfectly suit any room. You can spell a child's name on the nursery door, or hang letters from ribbons to create fun phrases and quotes. It's easy to make your own wooden letters using balsa wood. Balsa wood is a soft wood that is easy to work with and doesn't require special saws, making it an ideal material for this project.

How to Make Wooden Letters

Type out the letters of the alphabet which you'd like to translate into wooden letters. Make them the exact font and size you want the wooden letters to be.

Print out one letter per piece of paper. Cut out the letters with scissors, following the outline of the letters.

Place the paper cut-outs onto the balsa wood sheet, and trace the outline of the paper-cutouts onto the balsa wood.

Place the balsa wood onto a protected work surface.

Trace over the pencil outline with the Exact-o knife lightly first, then with more pressure. You may need to re-trace using your Exact-o knife several times to cut through the balsa wood, depending on its thickness.

Sand the edges of the cut-out wooden letters so that they are smooth.

About the Author

Based in Chicago, Annie Wang has been writing since 2008. Her work has appeared in World Architecture News and other online publications. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and art history from the University of California, Davis.