How to Make Papercraft Typography

How to Make Papercraft Typography


– Hey everyone, so this video has been a year in the making. As in you guys started asking
me to make it a year ago and I’m only just getting
around to doing it now. You guys, I’m so good at doing things. So what thing will we be doing today? We will be making 3D
papercraft typography. Ever since I posted that video
about the Google Chromebook last year, you guys have been asking me how I made these letters. And so finally, a year
later, here’s how you do it. Disclaimer, disclaimer,
this is just my method. I’m not claiming to be any
kind of expert in papercraft and so if you know any
better or different ways, then feel free to leave
them in the comments below. So today we’re going to be making the Helvetica Bold lowercase “a”. I’ve put links to the PDF
patterns in the description below and also list of materials and all the instructions written out. Okay, let’s get started. (“Cloud Island” by Backpack Party) ♫ We flip police cars just for fun ♫ and all my friends are on the run ♫ from the law, it’s forbidden ♫ our personas, we keep hidden ♫ I say hello straight from my porch ♫ but in my left hand is a torch ♫ It’s so cold, in the snow ♫ it seems the winter might just know ♫ A Mr. Pibb, my brain is frozen ♫ give our neighbors what we owe them ♫ on the lawn, I don’t care ♫ shouting out until they stare ♫ Let’s watch this whole place burn ♫ refuse to learn refuse to learn ♫ Corrupt our restless minds ♫ what will we find, what will we find ♫ Let’s watch this whole place burn ♫ refuse to learn refuse to learn ♫ Corrupt our restless minds ♫ what will we find, what will we find ♫ Let’s take away from everything ♫ and I just found a diamond ring ♫ in the lobby, ruin
your life, it’s my hobby ♫ I’m a mess, mentally ♫ I used to say it’s meant to be ♫ but you blew it, take some Advil ♫ drops on your head like an anvil ♫ Now I’m famous on a planet ♫ where the humans look like bandits ♫ It’s because of your ways ♫ that I enjoy these cloudy days ♫ Leave a trail of some ash ♫ you will know when we have passed ♫ so you will know when we have passed ♫ Let’s watch this whole place burn ♫ refuse to learn refuse to learn ♫ Corrupt our restless minds ♫ what will we find, what will we find ♫ Let’s watch this whole place burn ♫ refuse to learn refuse to learn ♫ Corrupt our restless minds ♫ what will we find, what will we find ♫ Let’s watch this, watch this, watch this ♫ whole place burn ♫ What will we find ♫ Let’s watch this whole place burn ♫ refuse to learn refuse to learn ♫ Corrupt our restless minds ♫ what will we find, what will we find ♫ Let’s watch this whole place burn ♫ refuse to learn refuse to learn ♫ Corrupt our restless minds ♫ what will we find, what will we find ♫ – So once you have the
basic letter finished, before you put any glaze on it, you can paint it which is
what I did with this letter or you can just start on
colored paper instead of white which is what I did with this one. But putting the glaze on
afterwards just makes it shiny and it makes it a big
stronger and more durable. And don’t worry about it being perfect. I’ve made a ton of these
and I still have like places where it doesn’t quite match up. Just try to get those on the back so the front is as nice as it can be. And like any other skill,
it’ll just take practice. This is actually kind of a
difficult letter to start with since you have the internal shape and you also have a lot of curves, so if you want to start
with like an “x” or a “w”, with just a lot of straight lines, that might be easier to get started. So let me know in the comments if you have any questions and send me photos on Tumblr if you decide to make one yourself. There are so many possibilities here once you have the basics down, so I’d love to see what
you guys come up with. If you liked this video
and you wanna see more of my crafty how-to videos, you can check out how to
make a collaged wine bottle right here and then you can also check out how to lower a t-shirt’s
neckline right here. Thanks so much for watching. I’ll see you all next time. (“Cloud Island” by Backpack Party)

100 thoughts on “How to Make Papercraft Typography

  1. I'm not reading through all the comments but if you can have access to other letters just by typing them in a software program like Illustrator or Word , enlarge it and print it out.

    I'm either going to use thick scrap book paper or create my own designs and print them on cardstock and create baby names to put in the nursery. Love it!

  2. How can I make letters the same size if I don't have Word? Or where can I find them elsewhere. I've searched but can't find anything quite like this.

  3. You should put the pattern for the rest of the alphabet not just for the letter a. I want to make my name and my name is not aaaaa
    🙂

  4. thank you for this karen! I'm making the word "LOVE" for my brother's gastronomic valentine's themed presentation and this is a HUUUUGE help!

  5. Awesome tis is the coolest thing Eva !!!definately gonna try tis as soon as I can !! N hey subscribe fr tht Harry potter chain 😘😘😆

  6. Hi! I'm new on YouTube and I've just started a DIY channel. In my last video I made a simple and easy "love" word decor. I would appreciate if someone would have time to give me some feedback. Thank you!

  7. I love your videos they make me remember when I was at jr. high school taking a small graphic design workshop …and now I'm finishing my first year of Visual Information Design…your videos remember me of the fun about learning and doing design (specially for the crafty/handmade people 😉 ) thanks a lot for remembering why I choose this course for my life, I hope I grow to love the career as much as you do. Greetings from Mexico c: (btw I'll give it a try with Futura 😉 )

  8. I'm going to be doing this project with one of my classes at school! I'll let you know how it goes! (fingers crossed).

  9. Could you post templates for all the letters upper and lower case and some symbols. Or do a video showing how you did that. This made me subscribe. Very smart girl, I like that.

  10. i would love to do this… Especially because it's the first letter of my name…
    This account is by the way my mom's…

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