How to make Wooden Letter Disks

How to create wooden letter disks for preschool activities:

First print off the letters. You can download my uppercase and lowercase letters here.

Next I used a 1 1/2″ circle punch to cut out my letters, but you can also use scissors!

Then I ran them through the Xyron Sticker Maker. I then stuck them onto 1 1/2″ wooden disks.

I know some people Modge Podge the disks when done, but I didn’t and they seem to be holding up fine. Well, that’s it! Super easy and fun!

Tip from the trenches: Make a couple copies of commonly used letters as some words contain more than one of the same letter, like cookie for example 🙂

Now go visit my alphabet ideas and have fun learning your letters!


  • Andy and Jenn October 28, 2009 at 7:30 am

    That means I have to buy all those scrapbooking items! Do you think it would be ok to not "laminate" the bottle caps? Thanks for all the useful tips!Jenn Price

    • Christina Limin November 25, 2013 at 5:58 am

      I think laminating is a good way to help prevent the cards or paper from getting wet, or worn out too quickly from constant use. If you don’t want to use laminate, I find good use in Large roles of clear cello tape (clear scotch packing tape), to use for smaller laminating projects. Its only because I can’t access a laminating machine or laminating sheets where we are. a laminator is a good investment that will help keep things clean as well, then if you have younger children, you can reuse the things that were laminated again instead of remaking them. you’ll save a bundle! 😀

  • Confessions of a Homeschooler October 28, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I don't laminate the bottle caps themselves, just the page with the picture that they go on. I don't think the xyron sticker maker stuff would stick to the letters if they were laminated first. Some people modge podge the letter disks too instead of using the xyron.You probably don't have to laminate the picture card either if you don't want to.

  • Tonya October 28, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    So when I used the punch to cut out the letters, I was running into the next letter. Any tips on how to get them as even as yours? I know I'm a dork and want everything to look pretty! LOL

  • Confessions of a Homeschooler October 28, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Hi, sorry, I actually cut the letters into strips then used the circle punch to cut them out. I re-made the file though and spread the letters out so its easier for everyone, sorry! Download the link again, hope this one works better. Let me know! Thanks!

  • schmobes November 2, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I just came across your blog (from a post on the Homeschool Share forum) and I have to say WOW! And THANK YOU! I have a pre-Ker, and I can hardly wait to start using some of your ideas! Thanks so much!

  • Amy December 7, 2009 at 11:06 am

    yes, I should've finished reading instead of jumping into this! LOL. spray adhesive does not work! I will have to go dig out my sticker maker….thanks for posting how to do this.

  • Kristine December 18, 2009 at 10:05 am

    thank you for all your pre k posts! such great ideas!! I am going to start pre k with my daughter in jan.

  • The Culbertsons August 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Would the letters hold up, if you just laminated them front and back and cut them out? Or would it be harder for little hands to pick them up?

  • Confessions Of A Homeschooler August 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Culbertsons: I think they'd be okay, its not like they take super harsh treatment or anything, but it does make them a little hard to pick up.

  • Melanie October 27, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I laminated them and then cut them out. It would work fine unless you have a child who is a super perfectionist or in my case has autism and gets very frustrated when the letters slide around on the laminated picture so I'm heading to Hobby Lobby tonight to buy the wooden pieces. Love this site!!

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