3d Cardboard Ampersand

DIY 3d Cardboard Ampersand &

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.

3d ampersand tutorial &

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.

How to make a 3d & sign

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.

DIY & sign tutorial

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!

3d Cardboard & Sign

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!

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  1. Super cute! So smart how you used the styrofoam and cardboard.

  2. Love it!

  3. Great idea, using the cerial packet im trying this out today but the card keeps moving on my mat I guess I have to get the mat more stitcky again!
    not giving up tho!

  4. Great tutorial, love how easy you make it look to make this. What a fun accent piece!

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