June 21, 2012

Diaper Box Raffia Ampersand

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(Yup, I made that from a diaper box.)

Have you ever seen an ampersand - the and symbol - amongst the other letters and numbers for sale at craft stores? I've looked, but haven't been able to find one. 

We have an upcoming wedding to attend, and I wanted to give a small handcrafted gift in addition to the wedding cash we typically give. I never intended for this to become a diaper box craft, but after I struggled to find a pre-made ampersand, I figured I could just make one myself. 

I used raffia string to wrap my because the natural color and texture matched the style of several items on their gift registry. I only needed a handful of raffia strands from my large dollar store pack, thus the entire project cost only pennies to create. 

Wouldn't this also be cute in a baby's room? This would be an especially economical choice if mounting the entire alphabet, since the pre-made letters can get a little pricey when buying that many.

Here is how I made mine:
1. Print desired symbol or letter as large as possible
2. Use a light coat of spray adhesive to attach paper to box.
3. Cut with box knife (the craft knife blade was too short)
4. Wrap as desired.
5. Enjoy!

I was so happy with the raffia ampersand, that I made a second one to keep for myself! 

Have a great weekend everybody!

Linking: Shine On Fridays, Happy Hour Projects, Bear Rabbit Bear, Craftionary, Tatertots and Jello, Craft-O-Maniac, Lines Across, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, DebbieDoos Newbie Party, Sew Many Ways, Sugar Bee Crafts, The Kurtz Corner, Uncommon


  1. This is sooo cute! Visiting from Sew Many Ways

  2. Great Project I came from one artsy mommas link up I am gonna take this idea and use something different thanks for the inspiration.

  3. So simple! I love it! It turned out sooo great and who would have thought it was cardboard underneath. Very fun and creative idea. I want to give this a try in the near future!

  4. cute. I am about to pin it for inspiration.

  5. Love it! I love how you wrapped the & sign in raffia. Looks great on your shelf. Stopping by from Debbidoos.

  6. Very cute craft idea. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party. Could you please add my link to the newbie party as well...thanks.

  7. I like this idea for using raffia. It would be cute in other colors too! Thank you for sharing this super cute project! Met you through Debbiedoo's party. :)

  8. there is nothing a box of diapers can't do!!! Mama of 3

  9. I totally love an awesome craft you can create for just pennies! So glad I found your link on Debbiedoo's party!

  10. This is really cute and doable. It makes me think I can even do a few letters and make a J&J signs :)
    Thanks for sharing and I am following you now.

  11. You are very creative. I love how simple it is, but it turns out looking so nice. I was thinking that this was something I could do in my daughter rooms with their initials. Nice tutorial.

  12. What a great craft. I love projects that you can make with things you have already. It turned out great! I can't believe that was from a diaper box.

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  14. REALLY? A DIAPER BOX? Kudos to you! This is so cool and I am totally gonna attempt this! I love this kinda stuff:)) I am sure your friend will love it!
    Visiting from the newbie party!!

  15. Love it! I am a huge ampersand fan too, I think I figured out what I am doing today. :)

  16. That is super cute! I love ampersands too - might have to make one of those! Mine won't be out of a diaper box though - those days are long gone around here! My 'baby' turns 7 in november - gulp.

  17. This is adorable! I'm going to attempt making one of my own.... :) Would love for you to share it with my readers at my linky party! http://stringtownhome.blogspot.com/2012/06/tips-tricks_25.html

    Have a great week!

    Your newest follower,

  18. Such Creativity-thanks for participating in Tips/Trcks Tuesday with Heather and Me/will follow you
    Like Grammas House blog

  19. Ooh, I love the texture on this and how great that you made it yourself. I bought a metal one at Target on clearance and it was still pricey, but I love ampersands and had to have it and it is happily adorning my front windowsill and is seen in many shots on my blog. Too bad I didn't wait and learn this great idea from you first!

    1. Also wanted to let you know I'm your newest follower. Hope you'll stop over and visit me sometime and do the same!