In this instructable we will be making 3D letters out of paper. More specifically we will be trying to create, channel letters. These letters will cost you next to nothing to make yet when executed well, can seem like a profession piece for any designer firm, office, or room. I have mounted these letters in my office, you can see the dramatic effect it gives off.
Channel letters provide a great flexibility of design and offer a very dramatic appearance. One of the most attractive benefits of using channel letters is the limitless range of fonts available; the unique construction on channel letters makes it possible for their use to extend beyond the traditional worded sign to consist of contour boxes, logos, and even pictures to give each sign a distinctive appearance. Font and colour personalization is one of the many benefits of creating channel letters.
You will need:
Foam board (OPTIONAL)
We do not use tabs (as seen in many papercraft pieces) to close our 3d letters. If you have ever felt the pain of closing a simple origami cube with tabs lost inside you will have a much more difficult time trying to line up all the flaps in a piece like this. This is why we use support spacers to do all the work for us. This leaves us with a simple and easy process. Read more to find out :)
Step 1: Preparation
This first step is to cut out your letter. Make sure that you create two pieces and that both pieces are identical. You can create pretty letters by printing them and carefully cutting them out with a knife. In this project i used the cult font Helvetica Bold.
You will also need spacers. I used poster board to create my spacers so that i will know that each piece is always of the same thickness. You may substitute with anything else of a similar shape, you may even want to use paper to create spacers. My spacers are 0.8 cm in width
Finally you need strips to cover the side of the letter. Cut these to a width which match your spacers. My trim is 0.9 cm in width
Step 2: Create Skeleton
After all the spacers are in,glue the second piece onto the opposite side. be sure that the spacers line up with the edge of the newly applied layer. Now you have a skeleton. We're almost there :)
Step 3: Add Trim
Step 4: Finished!
Thank you for reading :)