Large Faux Vintage Ampersand with Resin

Hi Infarrantly Creative friends! It’s Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs and I’m back to share a simple, vintage inspired letter tutorial – perfect for a gallery wall or to lean on a dresser or bookshelf!

I’ve admired large, vintage letters repurposed from buildings, but I’ve never found one within my budget. Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own vintage inspired, glossy letter for just a few dollars!

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This is super easy – promise! We were able to finish it in about 2 hours (not including resin drying time).

Materials:

1/4″ Plywood or MDF (I used a 1/4 sheet)
Veneer edging (available at home improvement store in the lumber section)
Heat gun or iron
Spray paint
Resin (available at any craft store)

Tools:
Pencil
Jigsaw
Scissors
Projector (or free hand or get printed large scale at copy store)

1.  To get started, print desired text on 8.5×11 paper and project onto 1/4″ Plywood or MDF. Trace the outline with a pencil. If you don’t have a projector, free hand if you’re comfortable or get it printed large at a copy store, cut it out and then trace it. (Image below taken from my marquee letter tutorial).

how to make a large shiny vintage letter

2.  Next, cut it out with a jigsaw. *Tip: when you get to a corner, back the saw out and cut at an angle towards the next point, go back once complete and cut off the extra pieces.

cutting letter out of wood

To cut any enclosed areas, drill a hole and then cut out with the jigsaw.

making a vintage letter

3.  Next, apply the veneer edging. I used a leftover piece from my oversize cork board, so it’s thinner than the standard edging. Just make sure that it creates a raised lip around the edge to hold the resin.

old vintage letter sign

4.  Carefully use the heat gun to apply the veneer edging, melting the adhesive. It helps to have an extra set of hands to hold the edging in place (away from the heat) while the other uses the gun. An iron can also be used, but would be tricky to use inside the letter.

make a vintage letter with wood

5.  Seal any gaps (on the back) with glue to prevent the resin from seeping out.

how to make vintage signage
6.  Spray paint the front. I used Liquitex Cadmium Yellow Light Hue.
liquitex yellow spray paint
7.  Get a glossy finish! Once the spray paint has dried, apply resin to the front. Mix per directions and carefully pour on top. To ensure even coverage, move the resin by picking up the letter and tilting it so the resin floats over the entire surface. Let it dry (24 – 72 hrs), per instructions, on a raised flat surface with cardboard or paper underneath.
large vintage ampersand

That’s it! Enjoy your custom, affordable letter reminiscent of those from vintage shops!

DIY vintage ampersand

This would be perfect in a gallery wall or simply leaned against a wall.

how to make a vintage looking ampersand
I love the glossy finish!
ampersand DIY

This was so easy, I can’t wait to make more!

vintage signage ampersand

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Free printable available here

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