Mother’s Day Knock Off Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just two weeks away! For those of us who love a DIY, that means it’s time to get crafty and make Momma or Granny (or any other lovely lady you’d like to honor) a gift she is going to love. I’ve got some awesome tutorials all lined up with gifts that will make Mom feel pretty, pampered, and most of all LOVED and appreciated this Mother’s Day!

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DIY 5-Minute Abstract Black and White Art

Bethany from Dwellings by DeVore decided to jump on the bandwagon and try her hand at creating graphic artwork a la West Elm. Bethany says she literally just did a couple of brush strokes across a piece of poster board and then popped her new abstract art into a frame once it was dry. She says, “I think it took me about 5 minutes to complete. You can’t beat that for quick and easy.”

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Simple Handmade Knit Pillow Cover

While browsing Crate & Barrel, Brittany from Just B Crafty noticed that many of the items had a handmade feel to them, like some knitted pillows that were selling for $50. Brittany says, “Good thing I have a perfectly good set of knitting needles, piles of yarn at home, and a couple free evenings…” Good thing indeed because Brittany was able to make this pretty knitted pillow for only $4 for the insert!

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Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods for a HUGE Window

Sarah from Cheerful Nest knew it was going to be expensive to purchase a custom rod for the mondo-sized window in her living room. Fortunately, she was able to recreate the look of industrial pipe rods from West Elm in the length she needed and the price she wanted. The guys and gals at the hardware will do most the work for you, cutting the pipe to length and rethreading it, so this is a pretty simple DIY. Basically all you have to do is paint the pieces, if so desired, and then assemble. Easy peasy!

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Liven Up Your Table with a Painted Stripe Tablecloth

Jordan from Oh Happy Day and her team worked together to create this bright and beautiful striped tablecloth – with PAINT! I am a huge fan of painting on fabric, so this project is right up my alley. Jordan simply taped off stripes on a store-bought tablecloth and then painted them in with fabric paint. […Read More]

From IKEA to West Elm Dresser Makeover

Corinna from For My Love Of needed a real wood dresser for CHEAP. She didn’t want to wait around for one to materialize on Craigslist, so instead Corinna took the two-and-a-half hour trek to the nearest IKEA for their Rast Dresser. She doctored it up by gluing wood pieces on the drawer fronts to look just like the dresser she’d been eyeing from West Elm. Talk about a simple update!

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Stunning Slatted Wood Bench

Becki and Chris of The Uncommon Common Law were this year’s winner of Creating with the Stars at East Coast Creative. And looking at this stunning bench they made, it’s not too hard to see why! The couple recreated the infamous Nelson Bench for only $136, and it’s a dead ringer for the original. I simply love the look of the natural maple and ebony legs and am amazed by Becki and Chris’ workmanship. Gorgeous!

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DIY “Sea Glass” Candle Holders

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!

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