Add Texture with a Ruffled Burlap Lampshade

burlap lampshade

Magan from Magan’s Lens added texture and interest to a plain lampshade with ruffles and burlap. If you can operate scissors and a hot glue gun, you can make your own! The imperfection of the frayed edges and wayward ruffles are part of the shade’s appeal so this is a very forgiving project. Here’s how Magan describes the impact of her new lampshade, “It really stands out in the living room, whereas our old one just blended right into the wall.”

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From Plastic to Zinc Letters

zinc letters

The wedding gurus over at Heart Love Weddings recreated Anthropologie’s popular zinc letters in miniature form to be used as cake toppers. In addition to being the perfect DIY for a rustic wedding, the metallic letters look great framed for table numbers or home and office décor. And would you believe they are made from plastic children’s magnetic alphabet letters? They sure do clean up nicely with some paint!

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Turn Sheets into Ruffled Curtains

anthropologie inspired ruffled curtains

As soon as Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs saw a shower curtain and set of drapes from Anthropologie that were layered with gorgeous ruffles, she knew she had to have them. Or at least some similar since they were priced at over $100 for the shower curtain and $200 per window panel! Yikes! Sarah decided it was time to work on her sewing skills and created her own ruffled curtains using sheets. Sarah breaks down the steps with easy-to-understand visuals and also explains how she did it without sewing the entire piece.

anthropologie inspired ruffled curtains

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Blue Upholstered Bench with Casters

upholstered bench

In my earlier feature of Sarah M Dorsey Design’s painted curtains, you may have noticed the beautiful blue bench situated below the window. That beauty just happens to be another knock-off created by the very talented Sarah. Sarah built the bench frame and then upholstered it and added special details like turned legs and casters. Sarah says she saved on some of her materials and splurged on others to create her bench for around $100. I am so impressed by her mad skills!

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Paper Chandelier from Cupcake Liners

rhododendron chandelier from anthropologie

While browsing through Anthropologie, Heather from Poppy Haus couldn’t help but take notice of how they use everyday items to create their eye-catching displays. Thus, she was inspired to recreate their stunning paper chandelier using an item you very well have in your kitchen right now – cupcake liners! Heather shares at Design Sponge how she added depth and texture to a paper lantern by covering it with solid cupcake liners inset with striped petite four papers. The soft glow and graphic effect are simply stunning!

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Wood Chalkboard Tablets

DIY Chalkboard Tablets

Got some scrap wood and chalkboard paint left over in your garage? Jen from The House of Wood shares a fun little project at Shanty 2 Chic for putting those DIY staples to use! Jen created the cutest little chalkboard tablets that are great for making lists and entertaining the kiddos on car trips. Jen says she also hangs hers by the front door when the kiddos are napping so any visitors will knock instead of ringing the doorbell. Genius! I am just drooling over that aqua-colored chalkboard paint!

DIY Chalkboard Tablets

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Cookout Food Labels

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Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time for backyard BBQs, bonfires, and pool parties. Jaime from That’s My Letter shares an idea for creating the perfect party table with her mini croquet mallet food labels. I mean how cute are these? Aside from just looking adorable, these food labels clearly mark all the grub so guests know what’s being served. They’re also versatile enough to be used as place cards or garden markers if you remove the base.

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Ruffled Apron with Rosette

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Anthropologie has some of the cutest aprons that would make great gifts for ladies who love to cook and entertain. Katie from Craptastic created a spot-on knock off of one of Anthro’s adorable aprons for her sister-in-law as a Christmas gift that features feminine ruffles and pleats, piping, and a rosette. Watch out June Cleaver!

anthropologie knock off tea and crumpet apron

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