How to Cut Letter Stencils

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Letter stencils are help tools for scrapbooking, notice board design and several other craft projects. You can purchase pre-cut letter stencils from craft stores, and some office supply stores, but you are limited in the size and style of the letters with store-bought stencils. Create your own letter stencils with a few inexpensive supplies so you can have the stencils in any size and font you want so they better suit the project you are working on.

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Things you need

  • Printer
  • Printer paper
  • Pencil
  • Temporary spray adhesive
  • Clear transparencies
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat

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    Print the letters you want to make a stencil for in the font and size you want the stencils to be. For letters such as "A" or "O" you will have to draw connecting lines from the outside of the letter to the inside hole of the letter so the two pieces don't get cut apart.

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    Spray temporary adhesive on the front of a clear transparency. Place the printed letters on the transparency, or on more than one transparency, if necessary. Smooth out any air bubbles with your hands. The number of transparencies needed will depend on the size of the stencils. You can fit one printer sheet to one transparency.

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    Place the transparency, with printer sheet attached, on a cutting mat, with the paper-covered side facing up. Trace the outline of the letter, and any connecting lines you added, with a craft knife. You may need to trace more than once to cut all the way through the transparency.

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    Peel the printer paper off the transparency. Now you have a stencil you can use again and again.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also use thin plastic cutting boards, rather than clear transparencies, for making your stencils. They may be more expensive and harder to find, however.
  • Clear transparencies are sold at office supply stores.

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