Papercraft alphabet

2012-07-01

This is the official announcement for the papercraft alphabet I just finished uploading. That was quite some work, especially with two hyperactive kids climbing all over me while I am typing. By the way, if you speak German: Hätte auch auf Deutsch funktioniert.

Anyway, the alphabet is now complete – a collection of 26 papercraft templates for all letters 0f the alphabet, each representing an animal, thing, or people starting with that letter:

 

You will find the complete list of templates here. You can use them for education, as toys, or to spell out whatever message you want to get across. Here is a tutorial on how to make the letters.

Here is a ZIP file containing all templates as PDFs.

Have fun with these – and if you do, I wouldn’t mind if you help to spread the word…

Edit: I have just uploaded numbers to go with the alphabet. They do not represent any objects, but there is a trick to them, too. Here they are.

Comments

  1. karina, Reply

    I would like a larger model,
    because i don’t want to waste paper therefore also the result would be bigger, always using A4 paper

    tnk

    1. admin, Reply

      Hi Karina,

      it’s very difficult to provide a larger model. I know that some of the letters do not fill the entire A4 page. However, some do, and since the letters have to have a similar size to work together, I cannot simply scale some and not others. I am afraid you have to live with the slight waste of paper.

  2. marina, Reply

    i found this on Pinterest and printed them. my husband made my twins names on cardstock for their birthday (he loves papercraft).
    they came out beautiful. thanks for sharing.

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  4. sophie, Reply

    Thank you so much for this sharing!!!! Can’t wait to use them for my daughter’s nursery.

  5. Tilly, Reply

    These are amazing. I would love to make them larger to mount on my grandson’s wall (about an A4 size for the main front image – I realise this will need to be done in sections). Any suggestions as to how I could do this? Also, JPEG would be better for me than PDF – again, if you can help here. I can’t wait to make them. Thank you so much. You are wonderful!

    1. admin, Reply

      Doing them in sections will be quite difficult. What I would do, instead, is to go to print shop and have them printed on a larger scale (say, A1). I would also use stronger cardboard for a larger scale version, something in the range of 300gsm.

      Sorry, unfortunately at the moment I am too busy to convert them to JPEGs, but for a print shop, PDFs work better anyway.

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  8. Suzy, Reply

    Thank you so much!!! This papercraft will inpsire me and kids in learning ABCs.
    Great thanks from Vietnam!!!

  9. teaha, Reply

    you guys awesome!!
    and lots of thanks for making it available for free.Thanks!

    ~regards from malaysia

  10. Julia, Reply

    I am always amazed when I see this kind of talent!!! Your creations are awesome and inspiring! Thank you so much for putting an amazed smile on my face. Hugggzzzz aplenty from Julia

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    1. admin, Reply

      Thanks – as for lower case letters, unfortunately I don’t have any at the moment. I may make some eventually, but it’s tricky: First, the shapes for some of them are much more intricate than the upper case version, and second I’d have to deal with the descenders.

  12. Janelle, Reply

    This is fun! I love working with paper and making new things. I put a little bit of rice in the letters before I sealed them up to make them stand up better. Thank you for providing this fun project and others.

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  15. Lotta San Pedro, Reply

    Whaooo!!! Thanx!!! I really LOVE this alphabet, thank you for sharing this lovely templates. I will glue som small stones at the bottom of the letters, think they will be more stady then.

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  19. Suzanne Vaughan, Reply

    These are super fun and with teacher appreciation week, these will be fun to print up and pass out!

  20. Lori, Reply

    You are insanely creative and clever to have come up with these. Love them, can’t wait to make them with my paper craft obsessed 11 year old! Thank you for sharing!

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  23. Deb Baker, Reply

    Wow – this is amazing. So much work!! Thank you, thank you – this will keep my kids entertained while we are stuck indoors due to floods in our part of the world..

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  27. Anna, Reply

    This is very clever! 18 of these letters may work in Italian too (Astronauta, Camaleonte, Dottore, Elefante, Gorilla, Indiano,Jolly, Leone, Mostro, Ninja, Pappagallo, Serpente, Tigre, Ufo, Vampiro, (Raggi)X, Yak, Zebra), so I will print them for my 3YO son! Thanks!

  28. Ali, Reply

    I love these! Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to use them in my classroom!

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  30. Shannon, Reply

    For now I just printed the first letter of my two older boys’ names. If they actually sit and make them like I hope, I will print out the rest!

  31. Sonia, Reply

    I just had to print these out for my 3 yr old. I had regular paper so I used cereal boxes to help them stand.

  32. Peg Farrell, Reply

    These are so clever and wonderful and simply delightful — thank you so very much for sharing them with us.

  33. Monique Rodgers, Reply

    This is AWESOME!!! I can’t wait to put it all together for my girl. Thank you!!!!!

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  35. Debbie, Reply

    First let me say thank you for these cute letters, I love’em. Also I was thining about the Q, could you not make a Queen? I can’t even pronounce quetzalcoatl. Just wondering.

    1. admin, Reply

      Tanks! Yes, a queen is a good idea. Will definitely consider it. Actually I have a couple of additional letters in mind.

  36. Roxana, Reply

    What a neat website you have. Excellent ideas. Thanks for sharing!!!!
    Hope my son will hook into these activities as I know I will. :)

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    1. admin, Reply

      Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately right now a lot of other projects are piling up on my desk. It would be nice to have the Icelandic characters in the alphabet, though. I will try to work on it when I have a bit more time (maybe around Christmas?).

      Since the other characters are modeled after things that start with the corresponding letter, would have any suggestions for Þ and Æ, i.e. any words that in Islandic start with these letters?

      Best,
      Markus

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    1. admin, Reply

      Wow, thanks for sharing! Give my regards to your granddaughter – she did a great job cutting! Great photos!

  46. Happy Nat, Reply

    Awesome work! I love them all. Would you by any chance have the same kind of alphabet but in French? Out of the 26 letters I could use 20 as these French words also start with that letter however 6 of them are not usable for the French alphabet (B, F, Q, R, W, X)? Just thought I would ask. Thanks a lot
    Cheers

    1. admin, Reply

      Sorry, for the time being I don’t have a complete French alphabet. As for the letters missing, any suggestions for suitable French words? I have to admit that my French is a bit rusty (to say the least). I can’t promise anything, and in the next couple of weeks I will be very busy, but if time permits, I will definitely consider adapting the alphabet to French words.

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  48. Elizabeth Toel, Reply

    Just wanted to let you know that we introduced students to your wonderful 3D letters. They all had such fun and had lots of ideas of what they wanted to do with them…make a baby’s name for a baby shower, put their own name on their shelves in their rooms, make their teacher’s name and give it as a teacher gift. They were all so excited and I gave them each the web address so they could find you!

    xoxo

    1. admin, Reply

      Thank you very much for sharing! I am very happy that your students liked the letters!

  49. Michelle, Reply

    Super cute!! I am working on cutting them all out right now and will be putting them together before long! Thank you so much for this awesome FREE (wow!) craft! :)

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  51. Lisa@hooplapalooza, Reply

    Oh.Em.Greatness! YOU are utterly awesome! That is a freakin’ ton of work you did and it turned out SOOOOOOO COOOOOL!!!! And FREE too?!?! I bow down to you! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! :)

  52. Kim, Reply

    I am really enjoying making these letters, my daughters are having a lot of fun playing with them – thank you for sharing your amazing creativity. The patience you must have! Looking forward to exploring the rest of your site!

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  55. chy, Reply

    You are such an amazing person for making this and for offering it for free! I have completed all the 26 letters in 2 weeks and I cannot wait to let my almost 3 year old boy play with them! (Who I am sure is going to smash it to bits in 5 seconds!) Thanks again!

    1. admin, Reply

      Thanks! I am happy to hear that you made all of them – congratulations! Yes, with a 3-year old the models will not get very old. But actually I find that quite charming about papercraft toys: They have a small environmental footprint, and if they break, you can either build a new version or let it be a lesson for the kids that things last as long as you take care of them.

  56. pneu, Reply

    These are splendid! Thanks so much for the work you put into these. I’ll spread the word. :)

  57. Steffi, Reply

    Die sind total super!!! Werde sie als Motivationsstütze in der LRS-Therapie benutzen. Vielen Dank!

  58. mary, Reply

    hmmm… “i” for “indian”? what happened to “i” for “ice cream”? they don’t have “r” for “russian”? or “e” for “eskimo”?

    1. admin, Reply

      Well, ‘ice cream’ didn’t work for me, as I wanted the whole alphabet to work both in English and German. Interestingly, there are not many non-abstract words starting with an ‘I’ both in English and German. I struggled a bit with ‘Indian’ myself, as this is the only letter representing a nationality. However, I put some effort into making this a nice, flattering character. If people feel uncomfortable with it, I will think about alternatives…

  59. Die Raumfee, Reply

    This is just great! Thank your for designing this and giving it to us all for free use. The letters are wonderful for a birthday or anything else.

    Greets, Katja

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  62. Amy in TX, Reply

    Super cute! My husband is a doctor, so I’ll have to make one for his desk. I’m here from the Grosgrain blog and I am overwhelmed by the awesomeness of your work. Can’t wait to dig in to more of your content!

  63. artis moon amarche, Reply

    how awesome! and generous of you to share! and hilarious, i had just said, right before stumbling upon this, as i try to work with my computer on the floor (recent move), ‘ahhh, that’s it, i’ve gotta set up my desk! i can’t work like this with two kids climbing all over me & my stuff!’ then i saw your post and it made me laugh…

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  65. Veron Tung, Reply

    Thanks for sharing! This is really sooo cool!
    Now i can make this as a gift for frens..! how wonderful…!!

  66. Sarah, Reply

    Thank you – what a beautiful concept, beautiful design, beautiful generosity. Just wonderful!

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  69. jean, Reply

    Thanks for sharing this. I pinned these and plan on printing them so my daughter can play with them. They are so cute!!

  70. Linda T, Reply

    This is so wicked! My kids will have a blast making these, thank you so much for sharing. And ditto the UFO – LOVE!!

  71. Monica, Reply

    Thank you so much for your generosity in publishing these unique alphabet letters for all the have! My husband & I have been looking through Etsy for a while now to find the perfect alphabet set for our son and haven’t found anything cutting the mustard, until this. I feel a little daunted about the construction, but I did read the comments and will try my best. Thank you again- you are very talented!

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  74. Alicia, Reply

    Just wanted to say you are fabulously creative and I can’t wait to try making these!

  75. holly f, Reply

    thank you so much for sharing for free!!! I appreciate the kindness so much. My grandson and I are having a blast!

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  77. jet, Reply

    wooow this is sooo funny and cute , well done, and thank you soooo much for sharing the free templates.
    Love it, awesome design!!!!

  78. Vinati Bhatt, Reply

    Oh! They are so lovely. Thanks for sharing your efforts with us. Can’t wait to make for my kid and myself too :)

  79. Christine, Reply

    Awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing!! Can’t wait to print out and start cutting!!!

    1. admin, Reply

      Definitely something a bit thicker. Cardstock is ideal – a weight of 50-80 lb is good. It should work with regular printer paper as well, but it’s a lot of work to make all of the letters, and with printer paper I’m afraid they won’t last very long.

      1. Cheri Jeralds, Reply

        I wonder if anyone has blown them up to a bigger size and put on cardstock to acutally have children in the classroo be able to manipulate?

        1. admin, Reply

          Interesting – someone else asked about that as well. If you don’t have access to a larger-sized printer, a print shop should be able to do that at reasonable costs. What do you think would be an ideal size?

  80. Suse, Reply

    I love these and my kids will love it too.
    Next week there’s a goodbye party in the kindergarden and the theme is ABC. I try to do something with your great offer. You’ll see it on my blog!
    Thank you soooo much!!

  81. Anony mouse, Reply

    I LOVE these!! I’m just a little confused as to the making of them because I have no experience in this…do I just fold on all the dotted lines? Is there any chance of a tutorial? ;) Or is this all much easier then I think it is?

    1. admin, Reply

      Unfortunately I don’t have a detailed tutorial ready at the moment. However, it’s indeed much easier than you think. Simply cut along the outlines / solid lines. Crease along the dotted lines with the back of your scissors, using a ruler as a guide. Then fold along the dotted lines (most are mountain folds, some are valley folds – this is not indicated, but in most cases easy to figure out). Glue the tabs to the opposing faces.

      For most letters, the templates consist of the two faces of the letter (back and front), plus an edge about 10mm wide. Since the edge needs to go around the whole letter, in some cases it can be somewhat difficult to assemble. In these cases, I suggest to glue the edge to one face first, and then – when everything is solidly glued – add the other face. Hope that helps…

  82. Sally, Reply

    I also loved the U the best, even though I wasn’t sure what it was until I read the previous comment! A UFO is cool! I also posted it on pinterest. Thanks so much. Really really cool.

  83. Stephanie Needham, Reply

    I think it was very generous of you to offer this adorable alphabet. I am a K-12 Art teacher and i just love collecting ABC’s of all types. I will add this to my collection and share it with my students. i also posted it on Pinterest. Thanks again!

    1. admin, Reply

      Glad you like it – hope your students do, too! And thanks for posting on Pinterest! I am really happy if I can expand the readership of the website, and who knows, maybe some day this will turn into a small community…

  84. Joan, Reply

    Those are adorable I saved my grand daughters names to print and when they come to grams they will make them. Very nice. Thank you

  85. Keller, Reply

    This is amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing. I’ll be using this for my sunday school kids’ activity ;)

  86. kat, Reply

    love these!
    my favorite is the monster!
    (now if only my name had a ‘M’ in it)
    going to make these!

  87. Ali, Reply

    These are so darling! Congrats on completing the project despite the distraction of the hyper kids!

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