DIY Montessori Movable Alphabet

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Here’s another DIY post for the Montessori movable alphabet. The authentic material is beautiful, and I do hope to purchase it when I am in a more permanent location. Until then, I decided to make a very affordable alternative. 



  • 2 bags of wooden cut out alphabet (purchased from Amazon)
  • Cutting blade
  • Plastic corrugated board (I found mine for 50 cents at the local bookstore in the craft section)
  • Ruler/tape measure
  • Red and blue paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • Red and blue markers
  • White labels/masking tape
  • Glue gun
  • Large rectangular plastic/wooden box


  1. Measure the length of the longest letters and the inside of your box to determine the number of columns and rows needed to fit 26 letters.  Determine the length of the columns, width of the rows, and height (depth of the box).
  2. Or you can spread out the letters in the box and customize the section for each letter if your box has a unique shape.
  3. After measuring the width of my box and height, I cut out three rows from the plastic corrugated board.
  4. I used the glue gun to hold my rows in place.
  5. I spread out my letters and measured the length from the top of the row to the bottom, cut each piece out, and glued it in to separate each letter.
  6. For the letters, paint the top and sides of the consonants red and the vowels blue. Do not paint the bottom of the letters.
  7. In the box, label each section for the appropriate letter so the child knows where the letter goes.
  8. You can use a sealer to make your letters more durable.
  9. And voila!  Your moveable alphabet is ready for use at a reasonable price.

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Have a wonderful day!