Saturday, May 24, 2014

Diy Concrete Letter & Ampersand

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Whew, I'm pretty excited for this weekend because tomorrow I will be happily sitting in the stands to watch the Charlotte NASCAR race & to say I'm excited would be an understatement. Part of the reason I'm excited to go to the race is because it's my first one I'm going to & I'll be joining my dad in the stands! Anyways, I'm thrilled to share with you guys this concrete letter & ampersand because I'm loving the way they turned out.

Materials used:

I purchased mine at Lowe's.

10 lb bag of concrete
You can use any pound bag, I was experimenting with this diy to see if it turned out right & it does.

You can basically use anything to lay down, but I only had a sheet that I use for diys like this one.

Cardboard Ampersand & Letter
These can be purchased at Hobby Lobby & I got them for 50% off.

I found a random wood piece that worked perfectly for stirring the concrete.

Before mixing the concrete, I cut off the top parts of the cardboard, that way I could pour the concrete into the letter & ampersand. This was really easy to do & once you get a cut going, you can pretty much pull off the rest.

I then mixed the concrete & poured it into the letter & ampersand. I didn't care that it wasn't smooth because I planned on sanding it once it dried. I let it dry for a day & then sanded certain areas that needed it.

Once they were dried, the cardboard was moist, so all I had to do was peel off the cardboard, super easy!

That's it you guys! I find it weird that the texture is so different with both of them, considering I used the same concrete & poured it in at the same time, but I love the texture & look of them both. I plan on making a few other things, but I ran out of concrete this time around since I did a few other things with it, which you will see on the blog soon! So, what do you think of my concrete letter & ampersand? Have you made them before? I'd love to know! As always, thanks for stopping by!


  1. Uhm, yah... so I'm completely in love. I've been wanting to do some concrete projects FOREVER! I just need to get the supplies and get on it. Your's turned out adorable!

  2. I loved the way this turned out!!!! I'm always impressed with all your creativity girl!! Have fun at the race!

  3. Awesome! I also have been meaning to do some concrete projects, but I am waiting for some free time to gather supplies... Maybe I just need to do it now that I see how great these turned out!

  4. Oh goodness, this is SO cool! I can't wait to try it. :)

  5. You are so smart! This are beautiful!! Concrete is a super fun medium and I really need to use it more. I could see these looking great with neon color block or metallic.

  6. Those are so neat! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I love this idea, and your tutorial makes it look so simple! I think these would be awesome in a garden space or flower bed. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I LOVE these! And such a neat idea to use the cardboard letters as templates! I'm tempted to spell out whole words - but I think it would get too heavy for whatever I tried to set it on. lol

  9. how heavy do you think each one is?

  10. This is really cool! Thanks for sharing! I think these would be fun to inset in a garden and plant ground cover around them...or something that would make them stand out more- even paint them then surround them with pea gravel- really the sky is the limit!

  11. Love these! They would make fantastic DIY presents as well. Thanks for sharing this project.

  12. These are so great! I have been wanting to try a concrete project forever. Need to get on it! Thank you so much for sharing them with us at The Makers!

  13. Such a clever idea! Love these - they would look so amazing in my garden. Never would have thought to do this - I'll have to try it! And your pictures are gorgeous, too :)

  14. So cool! I love these! I'm pinning for sure :-)

  15. This is genius and would be so perfect for outside. So clever and they turned out great. Hope you had fun at the race and enjoyed your weekend! Thanks for partying at The Makers. Pinned :)
    Corey @

  16. These are really nice, Well Done!

  17. Oh my gosh I LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing at The Makers! Pinned :)

  18. Great idea! Thanks for sharing, I'll try it!

  19. Oh, awesome project! I am definitely going to give this a try!


  20. These are awesome! What a fabulous idea! :)

  21. this is such a great idea! impressed. i'm going to pass it along for my sister to use in her wedding.

  22. What a fabulous rustic industrial look! Terrific!! :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  23. Thanks for linking to Create Link Inspire at The Crafty Blog Stalker. You have been featured and pinned! Thank you for sharing.

  24. I absolutely LOVE these! They are gorgeous. What a creative idea!

  25. G'day from Oz. I've seen your project at a few linky parties and had to check out your post-wow! This is so cool. You are very clever!

    If you have a minute to spare I'd be thrilled if you could share this at my weekly Say G'day Saturday link up. It's on right now and this would be a perfect addition!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz.

  26. I <3 your concrete letters. Perfect for a doorstop, garden accent, any where! Pinned

  27. Katelyn, these are fabulous! I'm pinning for sure. Thanks for sharing at Do Tell Tuesday!

  28. Those came out great! I know if I tried something like this I would somehow end up stuck dried in the concrete. I am special that way!

  29. These are awesome! I'm semi-obssesed with ampersands ;)
    Ursula @

  30. These are so adorable! Super cute idea. I'd be thrilled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

  31. Great idea! Looks very cool:)

  32. I love these and want to make a few of my own! Congratulations! You're one of the features on this week's Fridays Unfolded!


  33. Blown away! I'm thinking about the round paper mache boxes that I could layer smooth stones in the bottom first then fill with concrete to make stepping stones, too! Those Ampersands and large letters are amazing. Guess I'll be stirring cement this weekend Ü Thanks for such a great idea

  34. i am going to get a 100 lb bag so i can go crazy xx

  35. Love these! So simple yet make such a bold statement. Would love if you wanted to link this up over at Motivational Monday or any other diy/home posts you have.


  36. These are gorg. I love them. SO MUCH!

  37. This is a very cool idea! I love mixing soft and more rustic decorations together. And this idea is right down my alley. It would be perfect in one of those expensive city lifts with a brick wall:).

  38. I really Love these! So simple yet make such a bold statement. Would love if you wanted to link this up over at Motivational Monday or any other diy/home posts you have.

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