At first glance, this fun DIY project might seem pretty straightforward: You type some stuff on a piece of paper, print it out, then cut it with a craft knife.
And then you realize, if you tried that, you’ve ruined it before you even finish the first letter, because it’s impossible to cut things out and have them still be stuck together in a single sheet…
Unless, of course, you know what you’re doing. British designer Kyleigh Orlebar shows you how to properly prep your type in order to hold everything together. Her how-to appears in this cool new ezine, Paper Runway, available in its entirety for free at Issuu. She suggests using a generously-seried typeface, like the Clarendon of her example, and provides some kerning suggestions so that the letter are attached but still distinct. Add in a few tiny connectors for security, and you’re good to go.
This would also be a great technique if you’re lucky enough to have access to an X/Y cutter, like a Cricut or Silhouette.