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Knotted Jute Demijohns–with Bling!

Debi from Cameo Cottage Designs finally completed a project that she had been wanting to do for months – Ballard Designs-inspired demijohns!

And let me just say that they came out beautifully.

Debi hit up her stash of old glass bottles and then channeled her macramé days to create the fishing net effect around the bottles. Like Debi, I love that they have a little bit of bling!

ballard knock off demijohns

Demijohns are like artifacts from days gone by. They are one of those “antiques” that can easily be replicated and still bring about the same old-world charm as an original.

If you aren’t entirely familiar with what a demijohn is (or have seen them but didn’t know that’s what they’re called!), you can get a full backstory on these old wine bottles and their history here.

These bottles make such an interesting addition to so many decor styles, even beyond beach and nautical.

The problem is that design companies know this, and don’t sell them cheaply. So, as always, we welcome a great DIY story and tutorial.

Bottles and balls final

Two things go into creating this project. The first, of course, are the bottles.

Debi had a bunch of old bottles already on hand. If you don’t, you’re sure to find something close enough at a thrift store or flea market.

You can try your luck just buying a new one, but the bottles alone can run from $30 on up to $90 or more. Ouch!

Amazon has one that is a little fatter, but could work. It’s under $12.

Here are the supplies Debi used to complete her project. See the link below to her full tutorial!

Supplies needed for demijohn DIY

Finding bottles is one thing, and once you have one or two, you’re on your way. But what about this twine weaving?

Fortunately, Debi created an incredible tutorial just on this part of the project. You can check it out here.

Debi was inspired by the Knotted Jute Demijohns from Ballard Designs.

Read more about Debi’s experience making these and enjoy her amazing photo collection of her results at Cameo Cottage Designs.

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Debi Willhoite

Thursday 21st of August 2014

Thank you so much Beckie for sharing my demijohn knock offs!


Friday 22nd of August 2014

You did an awesome job, Debi. I am thrilled to have them on KOD! :-)

Tammy Holtzclaw

Wednesday 20th of August 2014

Please email me your tutorial! I love coastal rope clad bottles!

Yours turned out gorgeous!


Debi Willhoite

Friday 29th of August 2014

Hi Tammy! I finally have the tutorial done and live....Here is the link: I hope it was done well enough for everyone to understand.....Enjoy!

Debi Cameo Cottage Designs Demijohn Knock Off Bottles

Debi Willhoite

Thursday 21st of August 2014

Thank you Tammy for the compliment! I will definately send you the link to the tutorial as soon as it is finished. These are so fun to do and pretty easy. Thanks again!

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