Don’t you love all the cardboard and metal letters that you see in home decor? They add such a fun and personal little accent to your decorations. The thing I don’t love is shelling out money for something I just know I could make! Such was the case when I saw a small metal ampersand at the store the other day. “This little & sign belongs on my Valentines mantel” I thought. I had it in my hand but I just couldn’t go through with it. I had to try and make my own.
I used the cardboard from a cereal box for my material. This particular ampersand is brought to you by the help of Rice Krispies cereal. I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut out the ampersand sign so that it would be nice and perfect. I chose one of the Perfect Flourish- Ampersand, and, & shapes from Kolette Hall found here. If you have ever wanted to know how to cut a cereal box with your Silhouette CAMEO, you can check out this post. I cut out two & signs, one a mirror image of the other. I grabbed a piece of styrofoam that I had lying around and cut it up into equal pieces and hot glued it the pieces onto the wrong side of one cardboard ampersand piece.
I started at the bottom when it was time to glue the other ampersand piece on. That way I could get it to stand up straight. Then I just kept gluing until I had glued all the styrofoam pieces on.
I tried 3 different ways of finishing off this & sign. The first one which I really wanted to do was make a flat leather covering for it. Fail. The second one I tried was wrapping it with washi tape. Fail. I needed something that was more flexible. I grabbed a strip of fabric and wrapped it around. Success!
This sweet little 3d cardboard ampersand has found a place on my Valentine’s Day mantel right next to a picture of my husband and I. I know that I will be able to use it after Valentine’s Day though which always makes a DIY girl smile!