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Cardboard lettering: Love free wall art printable pattern

Making cardboard lettering pieces is so much easier than it seems. So today I want to share with you how I made this simple cardboard lettering sign that says “Love”. This is made with a single layer of cardboard, but I also have a tutorial for a multilayer cardboard version and a wall sign made out of styrofoam. And as usual, download this pattern at the end of the post.

make a simple lettering sign

This last couple of days I've been sick and with a huge load of work, so today I decided to make something to relax me and take my mind off work, I was going to make this wall piece with cardboard and fabric at first but then I changed my mind and went with the super easy paint instead. (To make it easy in my cold)

This project only takes a few minutes and it can be done with cardboard (yes to recycling!) and covered with pretty much anything, I was also going to put paper flowers all over it but I guess that will be for another project =]

Of course, you can do freehand-lettering directly in your cardboard and just cut it, but this way is way faster!

The process

I created a PDF template for you, but remember that you can do this with any words and any fonts, if you are looking for cool FREE calligraphy fonts, check out this post.

marking the pattern

I know everyone has different ways to transfer patterns, but the way I did this was that after I printed the template and taped together the 3 sheets that contain the full word, I cut the outside shape and marked on my cardboard, then carefully cut and mark the inside.

printing and cutting

I cut the shape with an x-acto knife and used red paint to cover the front – just make sure you have fairly thick cardboard because there are some delicate areas while you cut, since my cardboard was pretty thin, I used super 77 and glue 2 pieces together and it worked like a charm.

After you cut your shape, with an X-acto, you should end up with something similar to what I have below

cutting the cardboard lettering

After your cardboard lettering is cut and ready, you can sand the edges to make them more smooth. Once you are happy you can paint it. I used regular craft paint in red, because it seemed like the color to go with for valentines. hehe.

painting cardboard sign

All done with the cardboard lettering sign

Now it's time for you to place your new sign anywhere you want! This project is perfect to add some temporary decorations depending on the season, like Valentines or Fall. Since you can switch the words and either paint them or add flowers, glitter or just anything you can think of!

love sign on the wall

I tried in a different part of the house but totally loved the way it looked in the wall with our pictures =]

view from far of the lettering sign
lettering sign cradboard
cardboard sign

I hope you enjoy this simple project and try it with either this word or a completely different one, this cardboard letter signs are perfect to use as the base for embellished word signs! So give them a try!

Download the “Love” pattern

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Have a wonderful day!

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Friday 27th of March 2015

OMG. you are so creative. I love this style!! Making my own now!


Sunday 9th of March 2014

Hi can you please make me a template that says my name? Czarina. That would be greatly appreciated!!!


Friday 3rd of May 2013

What is the font for this?


Monday 28th of May 2012

Hi, Love all of your ideas. Definitely putting you on my favorites list. Please can you tell me how to make my own template so I can make my own words? I think alot of people would be interested. or did I miss it on here? THANK YOU!


Thursday 17th of May 2012

Gosh! This is SO adorable and easy! What kind of paint did you use?

I have a perfect specimen of cardboard waiting to be used, and will DEFINITELY create an inspiring quote on the wall to remind me to keep rollin'!


Thursday 17th of May 2012

Hi Sissadora, I just used a kid's paint I found in my drawer, pretty much anything is good for cardboard =]