Make a Pillow Cover from Fabric Scraps

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Have some fabric scraps that are too small for a sewing project? Make them into a cowhide pillow like Jessica from Décor Adventures did! Jessica used free fabric sample books to make a one-of-a-kind cowhide pillow, complete with zig-zag contrast stitching. I honestly adore the color and texture of Jessica’s pillow even more than her Ballard inspiration!

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Faux Antique Brass Decorative Thumbtacks

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Morena of Morena’s Corner tried out a fun new product, Mod Melts, to recreate some fancy pushpins she had been eyeing from Ballard. It literally took Morena only 30 minutes from start to finish thanks to the simplicity of using a hot glue gun and the melt’s speedy drying time. Like Morena says, these pretty tacks definitely do not look like something you made with your hot glue gun. With a little gold and black paint, they resemble lovely antique pieces!

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Café Shelves for a Long Wall

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We all have that large, awkward wall in our homes that we just can’t figure out how to decorate. Lindsay from That Village House found the perfect solution for that wall in her kitchen in Ballard’s café shelves and was inspired to build her own. Lindsay says, “I’m really happy with how they turned out!! The total cost was about $47 for two shelves. Not bad when this look would have cost me $189 plus tax and shipping at Ballard.”

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Update a Glass Vase with a Woven Placemat

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Jennifer from Decorated Chaos loved the look of Ballard’s Seagrass Hurricanes for summer. While she wanted them badly, this thrifty chick wasn’t about to dish out an exorbitant amount of money for one! Instead, Jennifer gathered a thrifted set of seagrass placemats and some glass cylinders and made her own beachy vase and candle holder. [...Read More]

Painted Chevron Rug with Perfect Zig Zags

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When it comes to décor, Elisha from Pneumatic Addict Furniture likes to keep things on the neutral side. However, she decided to shake things up in her living room with a chevron rug (just to make sure she wasn’t erring on the “old lady” side). Elisha found a $20 rug at Wal-mart that was perfect for her experiment. She taped off her chevron pattern and painted away. Using her technique, Elisha had only crisp, clean zig-zags and zero bleed!

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Decorative Pear (That Looks Good Enough to Eat!)

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Elisha of Pneumatic Addict Furniture has admired Ballard’s Terra Cotta Pears for years, but it wasn’t until a recent craft store trip that she was inspired to make her own. Elisha combined a Styrofoam ball and cone to make her 13 inch pear form and then added texture and depth with tissue paper and paint. I think she did a great job giving it a realistic look!

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Welcome Summer with a Weathered Beach Sign

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It’s about the time of year that Angie of The Country Chic Cottage starts thinking about sand, sun, and waves. What better way to bring the fun home than with a beautiful weathered sign that’s reminiscent of family trips to the beach?!? Angie shares at Crafts Unleashed all the steps she took to paint her canvas and even give it a rusted appearance. You’ll have to check out her tutorial to find out what the secret ingredient is {wink}!

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Decorative Rope Spool

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While looking through the Ballard catalog, Jen from Life, Crafts, & Whatever couldn’t help but notice the rope spool side table. However, the price and nautical vibe just weren’t agreeing with her budget and style. Jen instead created a Mini Me version using wood plaques and a paper mache cylinder. At seven inches tall, it looks super cute sitting outside Jen’s bedroom door!

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