Kid-Made “Sandpaper” Letter Set

This “sandpaper” letter set was made by Emily as a gift to her little sister — and Clara adores them!

I have seen similar sets in pricey catalogs. We used 2″ felt alphabet stickers ($2.80) and 3″ wooden disks ($0.24 each x 26) from the craft store. For a grand total of just $9.04!

Emily lighted sanded each wooden disk and then adhered the stickers — one for each letter of the alphabet. She loved making these, and I was impressed with how well the stickers adhere to the wood!

Not all of the letters are perfectly centered, but I think it adds to the “charm” of the set, and it’s cute evidence that it was made by a six year old!

The girls love to lay out the pieces in alphabetical order, practice spelling words, and Clara loves to trace the letters with her finger as she pretends to write. Emily found a drawstring pouch that came with a set of pillowcases to keep all of these fun “sandpaper” letters together.

These would make a fun addition for a preschool or kindergarten classroom — you could easily have each child make one or two letters, then combine them to make the set! Perhaps add the matching lower case letters to the opposite side?

Have fun!!

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  1. That’s a cute idea!

  2. Dear Valerie,

    Thank goodness we don’t live in China, or this would be a very expensive project!


  3. Dear Valerie,

    As of 2004… 106,230 characters (In the Chinese dictionary) * 0.24 = $25,495.20!


  4. I think it’s really a great homemade present. The set looks awesome!

  5. This is a fabulous idea! Thank you! I’ve been wanting to get some sandpaper letters, but just couldn’t pay the price. I like your solution.

  6. Another
    Craft, Valerie!

  7. What a cute idea. I think it would be fun to do with kindergartners as part of a class party at the end of the year and as a gift for their teacher.

  8. Fantastic homemade version!

  9. I’ve nearly done that several times

  10. I like your version better than the store bought kind! We’re done with sandpaper letters but I’m tempted to make those for friends!

  11. What a great idea! I really like how the kids can trace over the letters. Now I want to get the supplies and make a set for my 3 year old niece!

  12. I love this idea. I wish I could easily get to a craft store. Ours is an hour and a half away, and there isn’t anything else we like to go to nearby, which means we never go. If I ever do, however, this project is on the top of my list.

  13. a much easier way to make sandpaper letters than cutting out pieces of sandpaper!

  14. What a great idea!

  15. Fantastic! What a sweet gift! I love Mark’s comments!

  16. oo what a super sweet gift and she did a great job making it! Looks like its well loved!

  17. Awesome! Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Thank you for the tip! We really just got started doing letters with our 3-year-old and I need all the help I can get!

  19. these are great

  20. brooke schaefer says

    Love it! Texture and learning. Good stuff

  21. Valerie, you are so inspiring. I’ve been saving metal juice concentrate lids for months, intending to make a letter magnet fishing game, but just haven’t gotten around to it. Now I’m not sure if I’ll use the metal lids, or wooden rounds, or both!
    And, if you’d like to see a project you inspired (without ever doing anything similar, as far as I know), check out my blog:
    Thanks to you, I’m looking at the world in a whole new way 🙂

  22. LOVE THESE!!!

  23. love this idea – perfect craft to do with the kids because they will be learning while they make it & a perfect addition to our “learning to read” homeschool stuff!

  24. Donna Cella says

    What a great idea. Wish I’d thought of this last year when I was cutting up sandpaper:-( Can you get bigger discs and smaller letters to do diagraphs and blends?

  25. LOVE these! I just bought sandpaper from the dollar store to cut out letters, but I may just steal this idea and run with it…soooo much easier! 🙂

  26. Those came out really cute, what a sweet gift for her sister.

  27. very cool!

  28. I made something similar and credited you for inspiration.

  29. Hi,
    I love this idea. May I please know where I can buy those discs. Thank You


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