How to Make 3d Letters With Nails and String

by Steve Thomson


  • 1 Bit of wood
  • Nails
  • String
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Using a word processor, or similar (Here I'm using Google Web Fonts), type out your desired word. Size it so that it is the same physical size you want the final product to be. Here I'm going for A4

    Step 2

    Tape some paper to the screen and mark out the defining points of each letter, try to capture each letter with as few points as possible. Note: you could also print the design and do this on the print

    Step 3

    Now go back over and add in extra dots along the straits to make it quite grid-like

    Step 4

    Clean up a piece of wood big enough to fit the design on.

    Step 5

    This part is optional but I decided to spruce up the wood by glueing on some scrap paper

    Step 6

    Lay the paper over the wood in the place you want the letters to be. Secure the paper with some tape.

    Step 7

    Now the fun bit! Pick a dot and start hammering in the nails. The depth is up to you but stay consistent.

    Step 8

    Here is one completed letter, as you can see I've decided to simplify the inside of the U as it would have been a bit crowded otherwise. Any nails that are leaning can be knocked back in to line.

    Step 9

    Here it is with all the nails in.

    Step 10

    Now peel off the paper.

    Step 11

    Now run a length of string around each letter and tie it back on to itself. Cut off any excess and you're done!