Ashley from My Craftily Ever After has lots of fun built-ins in her house but was lacking decorative accessories for the shelves. She decided to recreate some pretty candle holders from West Elm using a fun painting technique with food coloring. While Ashley’s inspiration was only $6, she was still about to beat it using all items she had around the house, making her candle holders freebies!
Like Bre of Average But Inspired do you love the low-maintenance nature of succulents? Bre created a stylish terrarium to hold succulents using a glass bowl from the dollar store and a piece of wood to create a vintage-inspired brass base. I love the look of the mixed materials and how the pedestal elevates the bowl slightly. Bre’s easy DIY terrarium cost only $7 and adds a touch of modern flair to her home.
Liz from Life in Projects loved a handwoven wool rug from West Elm. However, she says at $799 there was no way the rug would be making a debut in her home. That didn’t mean Liz couldn’t still incorporate the look into her space! Liz turned the design from the rug into wall art by simply “stamping” a drop cloth with the end of a piece of wood. I love how such a simple pattern can make such a impact!
Heather from What Does She Do All Day put her creativity to work to make a statement art piece for above her mantel. This is such a simple design that I believe anyone could replicate, artist or not. However, it still packs a lot of punch with bold color and texture. Heather walks you through the steps she took to create it and how she pulled it off for around twenty bucks!
Holly, one of the crafty gals behind My Sister’s Suitcase and a contributor at Tatertots & Jello, is quick to admit that she has “West Elm taste on a thrift store budget.” It was their wood tile furniture that flipped Holly’s DIY switch and motivated her on to update her current dresser with wood shims. The shims facilitated the project, allowing Holly to work with only limited tools and avoid cutting a bunch of wood. You’ve got to check out the before pics to appreciate how Holly totally changed the look of her dresser from traditional to modern.
Corey of Tiny Sidekick loves West Elm. Recently, she was browsing their store for inspiration and fell in love with the Wood Tripod Floor Lamp but didn’t have $250 dollars to spend. Corey says, “So my creative brain was in overdrive. I love the simplicity of this lamp and knew with a bit of planning I could recreate it for much less. So that is what I did! There are a few minor differences of course, but the end result is exactly what I was going for. Simple, clean, oh, and a light source!
We’ve all seen a painted rug or two but how about a Sharpie rug? Katie from Upcycled Treasures had been looking for the perfect rug to fit her new creative space AND her tight budget. Katie couldn’t believe her eyes when she found a 5×7 rug at Lowes for only $25. She quickly snatched it up and recreated a Moroccan design using a couple of Sharpies and cardboard cutouts. All I can say is, “WOW!”