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

    xoxo, Tanya

  2. This is really cute, i love it

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

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

  5. 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.
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  6. Kate, what a great idea! I think I will give it a go myself! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Thanks all for the kind comments!

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

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

    Fabrizia @

  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 @

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

  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

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

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

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

  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

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

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

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

  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.

  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

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

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

  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.

  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

  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

    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!

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