Sunday, January 13, 2013

Dollar Store Ampersand Art

I really like the wood grain art I have seen popping up around the blogosphere recently, and was inspired to do my own take but on the cheap.  I mean really cheap.  I mean Dollar Store cheap!

What does Dollar Store have that is wood grain.........drawer liners of course!

I whizzed round my local store and picked up these supplies.  I printed out the Ampersand sign in a variety of fonts (I'm slightly obsessed with "&" art at the mo. but this would look just as great with your initial).


(Side Note: how amazing are these Dollar Store 11x14 frames!  I picked up two but will be going back for more).

I cut out the paper sign, traced the outline onto my wood grain drawer liner and cut around it with my Exacto knife.  I made sure the piece I used had a nice wood knot to really highlight the grain.


As if wood grain paper for $1 wasn't amazing enough, it's sticky so is super easy to mount on whatever colour background you choose.  I went for black card that we already had.  I added a simple matte and this is how it looked.


So for $2 I have some funky new art and if I still need to line my drawers, there's plenty left!


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35 comments:

  1. This is so cool Kate! I love the wood ampersand and how thrifty this project was :)

    xoxo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  2. This is really cute, i love it

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  3. Love this! The final project looks way more expensive than $2! Great job!
    Allison

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  4. This looks awesome! I'm a new follower ;)

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  5. I love this combination! Wood grain and ampersands are two of my favorite things! I might need to make one for myself.

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  6. Saw this awesome piece of art on Home Stories A to Z. What a great idea. I will be running to my dollar store soon.
    New Follower
    http://inthekitchenandonthecouch.blogspot.com/

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  7. Kate, what a great idea! I think I will give it a go myself! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. What a great piece of art. I am hosting a new link party and would love if you link up.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/tuesday-link-party-2.html

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  9. Love your idea! Thanks for the inspiration. I am your newest follower!

    Fabrizia @ www.fabtwigs.com

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  10. Wow! This is great. I think I'm going to copy you and do the same! Thanks for sharing. Found you via Home Stories A to Z.

    JQ @ http://itsalwaysruetten.blogspot.com

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  11. This is really clever and turned out beautifully! Hopped over from Wow Us Wednesday...thanks for sharing! I'm a new follower!

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  12. This little project is such a good idea! I've been looking for a cute ampersand for a photography prop, and I think this would be perfect! Newest follower! :)

    April Hoff
    housebyhoff.blogspot.com

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  13. I soooo love this!! And featured it today as well. Come check it out, and grab a button if you like too!

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  14. This is great! I love ampersands, too. I have a whole Pinterest board for them. I'll be adding yours. :)

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  15. Love the wood grain liner. I may have to pick some up.

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  16. Creative idea! I love anything from the dollar store. I saw you linked up at the Shabby Nest.
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    Beth @ The First Year Blog

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  17. What a great project! Can't wait to try it out.

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  18. love this--so simple and cute! that fan next to it is pretty cool, too :)

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  19. OH, this a great project! I like the wood look.

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  20. I can't believe you created that from items at the Dollar store! I'm newly inspired. Pinning! Found you through 30 Handmade Days.

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  21. What a great idea...until I read the post I thought it was a block of wood. I'm totally gonna try this project!!!

    Thanks, Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

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  22. Adorable! And that paper totally looks like wood. Great job!

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  23. This is such an awesome idea! Love it so much! New blog follower :)

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  24. I am featuring this today on my blog. Thanks for linking it up. The next party starts today in a few hours, I hope you will link up again. Thanks.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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  25. Hi! Love your "&" sign! I found you at the If It's Not Baroque Link party and definitely following you! Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    ~ Darlene
    www.MyHoneyBunch.CO

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  26. I found you from C.R.A.F.T and when I pulled up your blog and noticed the name I wondered to myself if you were from Bham because of the "Magic City". I really didn't think you would be - I don't know why, but I don't know any bloggers from the South except for a few. I live in the Bham area - so glad to see another Alabamian! lol

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    1. Thanks Jonella, yes, I'm here in Bham. I'm sure you'll recognise lots of the thrift stores and antiques malls I'm always mentioning, such an amazing choice!

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  27. Love this art! Never would have guessed it was from contact paper. Thanks for sharing!

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