How do you cut paper letters?

When I make paper letters, I trace them using a stencil of the size I need and then cut them out with scissors. I usually use construction paper and often make the letters different colors. To make them last almost forever, I laminate them. If I have free access to a laminating machine, I use it, but clear contact paper does a good job, too. It just makes a softer finish than laminating material. An extra tip on the laminating part: cover one side of your letter/paper with clear tape, then cover the other side with clear tape too. Trim the tape down to match each other perfectly after its put on if you want. It makes a great seal, good for laminating, or mailbox signs- no water ever gets is!