How to Make a Paper Pattern to Hang a Sign

Before you get started, here are the tools you’ll need for this job:

  • Letters
  • Blank kraft paper or white paper
  • Straight edge ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil

Step 1: You will need to lay the white paper out and cut it so that will be long enough to fit your desired letter arrangement. Once you have enough paper, draw a horizontal line with a straight edge ruler that will represent a base line for the letter placement.

Remember to make this line longer than the letter spacing.

Step 2: Once this line is drawn, place the letters in order along the drawn line to spell out the intended message.

And remember that ALL rounded letters will ascend or descend below your horizontal guide line. This is just a natural occurrence with all fonts.

So, you will need to space letters accordingly. A good rule of thumb is to use the stroke width of the letter as the spacing width between the letters. You can always adjust as necessary to make it pleasing to the eye.

Step 3: once you have the letters properly spaced, you will trace fully around each letter. Be careful not to shift them.

Step 4: when all letters are fully traced, you can move all letters off the pattern. You will then have a completed outline of your letters to help you hang them.

The next time you have a sign and graphics project, contact FASTSIGNS. We create custom signs and visual graphic solutions for customers every day, from design through installation, and we’re more than ready to help you!