Framed Sea Fan Artwork for the Ocean Lover

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After living n Hawaii for six years, Becca at From Gardners 2 Bergers has a deep love for the ocean. When she saw preserved sea fan art from Restoration Hardware, Becca knew it was just the touch she needed to bring her room to the level of perfection she strives for while reminding her of Hawaii’s rippling blue waters. Becca used a real sea fan she purchased online and a few craft store materials to make her artwork for a grand total of $25. That’s a saving of $525 compared to her inspiration!

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Colorful Flower Garland for a Spring Party

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After her daughter decided on a spring theme for her fourth birthday party, Jodi at Meaningful Mama started searching for inspiration. She came across a flower garland from Pottery Barn Kids and quickly realized she could make it herself and even had all the materials on-hand. Woohoo! I love the variety of textures, colors, and patterns Jodi used!

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Lamp Makeover a la Pottery Barn

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While on a shopping trip in Pottery Barn, Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage found a lamp and shade that she loved. The bad news is they were quite pricey. The good news is Gina is a pro at creating a “cheaper alternative,” like mimicking a $159+ lamp for less than $10 using secondhand finds. Gina’s revamped lamp is just as lovely as her inspiration but is even better since Gina translated words from one of hubby’s love notes for the script. Oohlala!

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No-Sew Fourth of July Pillow Cover

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With the Fourth of July just days away, I wanted to share a couple of projects that Debbie at Mountain Breaths created in honor of the occasion. Debbie replicated a patriotic pillow she saw in Pottery Barn’s catalog using fabric she actually picked up at Wal-mart years ago. What’s cool about Debbie’s pillow cover is that it requires absolutely no sewing. You’ll have to head over to Debbie’s site to read how she did it!

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Removable Butterfly Wall Mural

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Nicole from ART+POLITICS+Life was inspired by the work of Paul Villinski to make her own stunning wall mural for less than $20 using vinyl, a hand drawn stencil, and scissors. Nicole says, “It’s actually very simple and completely removable if you decide to redecorate. This project is perfect for dorm rooms or any other room that needs a statement piece.”

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Paint Can to Patterned Storage Pail

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As soon as she saw Pottery Barn Kids’ paper-wrapped bucket, Anna from My Life and Kids knew she could make her own. Anna used new paint cans from the hardware store and simply wrapped them with patterned scrapbook paper using Mod Podge. These are great for toy storage or used as “gift bags” as Anna did for a friend’s baby shower.

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DIY Decoupage Bird Art

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Honor from Home Heart Craft loves all of Anthropologie’s pretties but often finds herself gawking at their crazy prices. Like over a thousand dollars for a 10” by 10” piece of artwork… how’s that for crazy?!? Honor decided to create her own original artwork using tracing paper, Mod Podge, and a frame. Honor’s little trick of using the tracing paper makes it look like the birdie was painted right onto the old atlas pages.

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Shiny Silver Painted Seashells

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Becca at From Gardners to Bergers tested various techniques to create the perfect silver seashells. We can all thank Becca for saving us time and money in experimentation! She wanted her shells to be highly reflective and super shiny. This is a subtle way to add a bit of bling to your summer décor.

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