DIY Holiday Gifts with a Knock-Off Twist


Navigating through crazy traffic, waiting in long lines, and fighting off exhaustion… If you joined in the holiday shopping madness this weekend, this may sound all too familiar. While it may show your friends and family just how much you care, in my opinion nothing beats a good old fashion handmade gift. So for the next week I will be sharing DIY gift ideas sure to please everyone on your list – knock-off style of course!

Gift Idea Collage

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Moss-Covered Letters for Front Door Décor


Bonnie from Uncommon Designs created these moss letters after seeing how amazing they looked in the Garnet Hill catalog. She did a stellar job covering the wood letters, even taking the time to carefully wrap each edge for a truly professional finish. Here’s what Bonnie has to say about her new front door letters: “They are a fun and whimsical twist on a traditional Christmas door décor. I cannot wait to decorate my porch after Thanksgiving and incorporate these fabulous moss letters.”

joy moss letters

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A Pair of Perfectly Painted Rugs


Ursula from Home Made by Carmona adores Lulu & Georgia’s Arrowhead and Paint Dot rugs, but $58 and $78 rugs are nowhere in her little budget’s future. Ursula says, “When all else fails, make it yourself!’ For nine dollars, Ursula created her own inspired versions of these two designer bath rugs. All it takes is a seven dollar rug from Target, some paint, and patient attention to detail!

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Old Candle Holder + Old Cake Pan = New Pedestal


While browsing online, Laurel of The North End Loft came across a rustic pedestal and thought, “I bet I can make that!” Right she was! Laurel created her pedestal using a chunky wood pillar holder and weathered cake pan she got from the thrift store. I love all the decorating possibilities with this little stand, and of course, the fact that it’s from repurposed materials makes me love it all the more!

diy pedestal

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Handstitched Burlap Heart Ornaments

burlap ornaments

Morena of Morena’s Corner shares at Crafts Unleashed how she as inspired to create her own burlap ornaments. She says, “I adore the simplicity and versatility of burlap. I saw these adorable printed burlap ornaments in a catalog and decided to make my own. You can easily make several of these homemade ornaments in one sitting, and they would make lovely gifts that would be cherished for many Christmases to come!”

burlap ornaments

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DIY Wood Bead Chandelier with Chalk Paint


Sarah from Life on Virginia Street had her heart set on a wood bead chandelier for her office. Unfortunately, the price tags on the fixtures Sarah loved weren’t cooperating with her design plans. Sarah instead landed on plan B – refabbing an existing fixture. Equipped with spray paint, chalk paint, and wax, Sarah turned a nickel chandelier with green and purple beads into a pretty convincing knock-off. Would you ever guess those aren’t real wood beads?!?

diy wood bead chandelier

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Garage Sale Iron Bed


Debra from Mountain Breaths had been eyeing an iron bed for her guest room. She says, “I love the early 20th century time worn iron bedsteads. You may have heard me squealing when I found a similar one for ten dollars.” Yep, you heard right – $10! Debra pretty much stole both the headboard and footboard from a garage sale for only ten bucks. All the pieces needed were a light sanding and coat of spray paint, and now they’re ready to receive guests!

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Modern Tripod Lamp from Piping

diy tripod lamp

Even a cross-country move cannot squelch the design and DIY savvy of Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey. The girl is uber talented! Sarah busted just enough of her tools out of boxes to create this modern tripod floor lamp from copper piping. DIYing an entire lamp may sound challenging, but believe me when I say that Sarah’s tutorial makes it as easy as pie!

diy tripod lamp

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