Café Shelves on a Budget

Aime of Aime Christine Interiors had been swooning over Ballard’s café shelves for some time. But $100 for one small shelf? Not happening! Aime instead turned to DIY to get the same look and built a set of shelves for only $50. The good news is that it’s a simple DIY too! Aime says, “This […Read More]

Pet Food Storage Tin

Tidy Mom Cheryl shares a cute idea for storing your pets’ food in style using an old popcorn tin from Christmas. Cheryl painted over Santa with a bright yellow spray paint and then decorated the exterior with vinyl cut by her Silhouette and some ribbon. Here’s what Cheryl has to say: “I LOVE the way my  designer pet food canister turned out!………and Ballard Designs doesn’t offer yellow! {wink}”

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Large DIY Chalkboard on the CHEAP

Aimee of The Crazy Craft Lady had been wanting to add a large chalkboard to the wall between her living and dining areas. However, after scouting out chalkboards, she quickly realized that they are all way overpriced. Aimee took inspiration from a vintage schoolhouse chalkboard from Ballard Designs and knocked it off for about $16 […Read More]

Free Printable Watercolor Feather Art

Linda from burlap + blue loves decorating her home with nature-inspired art. So it was no surprise Linda was smitten as soon as she saw Ballard’s feather art prints. She decided to save herself (and you!) some money by creating similar artwork AND offering it to her readers as a free printable. Linda says, “Framed […Read More]

Vintage Industrial Chalkboard Shelf

Scott from Saws on Skates was inspired by a chalkboard shelf from Ballard Designs and knew he could knock it off for way less than $159. Scott’s shelf is nearly identical to Ballard’s, featuring the same crate-like design, metal-strapped corners, and chalkboard back. Scott says, “Not only is it attractive, but it’s really easy to […Read More]

Dollar Store French Script Wall Art

While perusing Ballard Designs’ website and dreaming of what she would buy, Jennifer from Brass & Whatnots came across French script wall art that she absolutely loved. Jennifer was inspired to create her own smaller version using frames from the dollar store and images she created herself (and shares for FREE!). Jennifer says, “I have […Read More]

Outdoor Bar Console and Counter Stools

One of Ana White’s readers purchased outdoor furniture for his covered porch from Ballard Designs last year. He also looked at the matching bar with stools and quickly realized spending another $2,500 wasn’t going to happen. Instead, he decided to take the plunge (using everything he’d learned from Ana!) and build the bar and stools […Read More]

DIY Moss Ball Topiary

Cassie from Live, Laugh, & Craft says she loves topiaries but just can’t justify the $59 price tag to buy them from Ballard. Instead, she made her own by covering Styrofoam balls with moss, attaching them together with stained wood dowels, and placing them into a vase with a piece of foam. Cassie says, “I […Read More]