Recycled Wood Ampersand

Learn how to make ampersand using recycled wood in this post. It’ll test your carpentry skills, but the result is worth the effort.

We all are in love with the ever so trendy ampersand. You’ll be surprised to know that you can make one on your own. Make a trip to northern California, for recycled wood like we did or visit your local hardware store. Did you know that an ampersand is a logogram, which joins the word “and”? This symbol binds the letters in et, which is Latin for “and.” So, there’s a little lesson for today! For whatever reason, this little symbol has become popular in the design world, and so we decided to create one for our home!

What you will need

  • Some recycled wood (This can be anything! If you like the look of the texture of some wood, grab it!)
  • Scroll saw or jigsaw (Both can be rented)
  • A printed logogram of the ampersand
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sand paper
  • Wood stain (Optional, depending on the wood)

What to do

Print out a font you like of your logogram (this is optional, we just eyed it). Cut it out and lay on the wood surface (be sure to wipe down the surface, so it’s nice and clean). We found this fantastic slab of redwood from a house nearby that was renovating. Trace out your Ampersand on the wooden surface. Take your piece outside and cut using the scroll saw or jigsaw. Be careful as you follow your traced lines! Once you are done, sand the edges until they are smooth. Wipe off excess dust. Optional: you may want to keep as is, or you can stain the wood to bring out more of the color and detail. Then you are done! Wait for the stain to dry and enjoy your new decor!

You’ll feel a bit of satisfaction knowing that you recycled the wood in some way! What do you think of this trendy little logogram?

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