Introduction: 3d Papercut Alphabets Fully Customisable by Using Free Software
I'll show you how to make a any lettering out of paper letters.
You can make 3d letters of your choice of font, size, color, thickness. The difficulty depends on mainly the font, if you select straight block fonts like i does it is very easy to make yourself and your children will be happy to help you.
You can simply hang them up as decoration or make fridge magnets or paste on canvas or cardboard to make interesting displays. They make a great gift.
The software i used to make them are freely available and very easy to use but if you want to save the trouble you can find download the templates from following link and jump to step 5, rest all Lets begin!
1) Card stock paper
2) Art or craft knife
3) Cutting Board
Step 1: Choose the Font
It all start with asking yourself what you want to make. Once you know go to any free fonts website and download the font you want.
TIP: If you are new to paper cutting start with straight box shaped fonts with minimum curves. Avoid italic and handwriting
I have downloaded mine from
i used this font
Install the font on your laptop/PC. On windows lift click on font file and select "Install for all Users".
Step 2: Inkscape
It is a open source vector graphics editing software. It is great that you are familiar with this name, if not no worries, you don't need to learn a new software just use these shortkeys and you are done
Download the software here
Install and launch
Select 'Create and edit Text Objetcs(F8)'
Type the letters you want to print one at a time.
on right hand side select the font you installed earlier and fond size '200'.
Select 'Edit paths by nodes(F2)' on left hand side toolbar.
Click 'Convert selected object to path(Cntrl+Shift+C)'
go to File on home bar and save as inkscape SVG(*.svg) file
Step 3: TinkerCAD
after signup/sign in select 'Create new design'
Import the .SVG file you saved
select the letter to change the size to your liking and export the selected shape as '.STL' file.
Step 4: Pepakura Time
This is most fascinating software. I learned about it from this awesome Instructable
visit it you can learn more about this method
Okay so to continue download and install another free software here
Launch Pepakura and open the .STL file
Orient the letter as intended or just skip that step but define the scale
now unfold the model. Pepakura is very easy to use and you can find instructions here
this software will convert your 3d letter to 2d printable template which you can save as a pdf.
Step 5: Print, Score, Cut and Glue
Print the template on card stock paper 140-200 gsm or may be more if your printer allow.
Score the dotted lines and cut the solid lines, fold and glue the flaps.
Your model is ready, Post some pictures of your make.
Feel free to ask if you are facing any difficulty
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