I made these Ballard knock off oars to go in my nautical themed bathroom some time ago. They are so easy to make I thought I would share the complete step by step instructions with y’all. Follow along below to see how to make all four oars….y’all they are so much easier to make than you think they are!
These 5 minute painted Easter eggs are the perfect quick craft for spring. Grab a few supplies and make up a dozen or so of these to add to your home decor for Easter. These are really so quick and easy that you will wonder why you never thought of it before! This one was originally posted over at Darice but I am publishing here just in case y’all missed it.
I love glass buoys. I have wanted some for forever. So when I saw a glass buoy vase filler in the Pottery Barn catalog I knew it was destiny. That is until I saw the price. Surely there is a way to knock this off for less? Oh yes. There is. This tutorial was originally posted over at Crafts Unleashed as part of my design team status. I am compensated for my participation however all projects and opinions are my own.
I painted my container with the white paint. It actually took 3 coats to get really good coverage. I allowed the vase to dry well in between coats.
After the container had dried, I cut the hand off of my skeleton with a pair or scissors and used hot glue to put it on the front of my vase.
Yes that is it. A $1 skeleton hand on a painted Goodwill vase. Looks pretty darn good right? I put it with a few other Halloween crafts that I have made over the years.
The Macbeth Halloween decor pictured is one of my favorite Halloween crafts of all time. You too can make those jars, the witch’s spell, and the cauldron. Just head over to see how.
For now I will be admiring my cute (and affordable) bone hand vase. Grab a skeleton at your local dollar store to make your own Pottery Barn knock off this Halloween. You will love the results.
The original versions of the beaded candles are actually not available through PB anymore. So I guess if you want your own you will just have to make them. Supplies needed to create your own Pottery Barn Knock Off Candles:
The candles are actually a little domed at the top so I just lit them for a while to get the center to be sunk in. I then painted on two coats of white paint leaving areas unpainted as shown below. NOTE: The picture below is after only one coat of paint. This does not have to be perfect. Leave random areas unpainted. Don’t fret over making it perfect.
I then gathered my Mod Podge and beads. You will see two packages of beads pictured. I actually only used a tiny fraction of one package for two candles. Those packages will go a long, long way.
I poured the beads into a paper plate. Coated about 1/2 of my candle with Mod Podge then rolled the candle in the beads.
Just repeat until your candles are completely covered in beads. Set them aside to dry. I just want to show y’all the plate below. It is the remainder of one package of beads after my candles were complete. Seriously there are plenty of beads in one package to cover several candles.
These are my candles drying. I would recommend putting them on a paper plate and touching them all over when they are dry. You will have a few stray beads fall off.
And here is my faux beaded birch bark candle all ready for display! I love the glitter of the beads on the outside of the candle. These would be perfect in any home and any time of the year. I think these would look lovely in a fall themed display.
The originals for the turned pillar candles can be found on the PB website. To make my version you will need:
- Wood Candlestick 6 3/4″
- Wood Candlestick 9″
- Candle Lamp 1 7/8″ (need 2)
- Wood Plaque 5″ (need 4)
- Krylon Dual Black Spray Paint
I gathered up my wood supplies from Consumer Crafts (complete list above). I just played with fitting the pieces together dry until I had the look I wanted. You will note that I have two 6 3/4″ candlesticks below but I only used one of them. Really it is trial and error that made the final product.
I just glued the pieces together using E-6000 and allowed them to dry. I spray painted mine black using Krylon Dual in black (it is paint and primer in one). Both the E-6000 and the Krylon will go a long way and make many candle holders.
My candle holders have held up over the past year even though you see them all the time in use here around the blog. Plus my kids even knocked them over a time or two. So grab your supplies and make your own Pottery Barn knock off candle holders and candles today.
- 12 inch Paper Mache Letters
- Scrapbooking Paper (I used the Royal Garden Stack from DCWV)
- Decoupage Medium
- Craft Knife
- Craft Paint in your choice of color (I used white on the H and Glamour Dust supplied by DecoArt on the R)
Turn your letter upside down on the BACK of your paper. (Please place a non-cut mat or old magazines under your paper to protect your work surface.) Use your craft knife to carefully cut all the way around your letter.
Decoupage the paper right on top of the letter. Believe it or not that is all. You have a still life monogram knock off in just a few minutes.
These are wonderful to display anywhere in your home. I do love the peacock version that my daughter chose. The “H” is all mine however.
Get that Anthro look for just a fraction of the price. Plus the options to personalize these great letters are endless. Take your kids to the craft store and let them pick their favorite paper in the scrapbook section to get your own project started. They will love the results and you will love the price tag. Make your still life monogram this weekend!
Boy it doesn’t look like much there does it? It was right out of the 1970s and was in need of a new home. I first painted the entire thing with an off white paint from DecoArt. The lid received a coat of the same color paint just a very light coat. Then it was time to paint that decorative detail on the front.
I printed out an extra large copy of the PB version and grabbed my graphite paper. I traced the PB image right onto the front of my canister using the graphite paper. No it is not perfect but the lines are close enough for me to paint in a facsimile of the original.
I play around with blues and blacks until I landed on a paint color I loved. I then started filling in the lines I made on my canister with paint. I kept my picture of the original version close at hand and tried to mimic the brush strokes. The writing at the very bottom was hardest of all. I actually traced the letters with a blue fine line marker before painting them.
I am using my Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister to store the dog’s treats. Stay tuned tomorrow as I show you where this one ended up and the changes I have made in my kitchen organization.
I am a member of the DecoArt core blogger program and I have been compensated for my participation. However the project and opinions are all my own.
- 18″ x 24″ Canvas ($10.97 for 2)
- Graphite Paper ($1.97)
- Black Paint ($0.77)
- Blue Paint ($0.77)
- White Paint ($0.77)
- Spray Sealer ($5.87)
- Cinnamon ($1.00) (yes you need cinnamon for this project!)
While you are waiting for your completed canvas to dry, pick a font on your computer that mimics the original inspiration. Print your BEACH letters as large as you can while still fitting on the canvas. I used whole sheets of paper and taped them together to fit.
Once you are happy with your letters and their placement, put your graphite paper under your copy paper.
Trace around each letter and the graphite will transfer your letters to the canvas.
I then free handed a line all the way around the outside edge of my canvas in white.
Then I painted freehand four of these rough circle shapes. I loved how the original appeared to have rusty holes where it had been hanging somewhere for years. Since I had room, I put four of these holes on mine instead of just two. Allow your entire canvas to dry before continuing to the next step.
Now it is time for our secret ingredient…cinnamon. No, I am not crazy. Cinnamon makes a really lovely rust on any surface. Plus, it is so super simple to use, so lets give it a try.
Spray small areas of your sign with the sealer and while it is still wet, sprinkle with cinnamon. You can play with different techniques on different areas. For instance, on my “bolt holes” I sprinkled the cinnamon on the wet sealer then took my finger and traced the circle. So the “rust” also comes out looking circular!
Try a light dusting of cinnamon in some areas. It gives the appearance that the “rust” is just starting to peek through the paint. Other areas of the sign I really dumped on the cinnamon to give large “rusty” areas. You can also experiment with the spray, sprinkle, spray technique. Spray on your sealer, sprinkle on cinnamon, then immediately spray again. This gives a whole other look to your “rust” techniques.
Keep layering on sealer and cinnamon rust until you are happy with your finished sign. You can control just how rustic this sign gets. You can go over the same area multiple times if you are not happy with your results the first time. When you are finished, give your completed sign a few really good coats of the spray sealer right on the top. Allow the entire thing to dry and you are ready to display your rustic sign creation. I would say this looks pretty good especially for 12% of the original price. Order some canvases today and stock up on cinnamon. You will want to use this technique over and over again once you get the hang of it.
Now here is a bit of an unconventional tip for you. I have been using this method to hang plates on my walls for years and knew the same method would work for this mirror. Just take a small piece of ribbon…
Then use your hot glue to adhere a loop to the back of your finished woven mirror. It is simple, easy, inexpensive, and most importantly it works great.