Fabric-Covered Garbage Can with Monogram

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Christy from Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer shows that even a garbage can be cute – without costing you $89! Christy took a run-of-the-mill plastic garbage can and turned it into a real beauty with fabric and trim. She even added a monogram to the fabric before adhering it to the waste basket for an extra special touch. Isn’t Christy’s decorative wastebasket a dead ringer for her Ballard inspiration?!?

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Decorative Rope Spool

decorative rope spool

While looking through the Ballard catalog, Jen from Life, Crafts, & Whatever couldn’t help but notice the rope spool side table. However, the price and nautical vibe just weren’t agreeing with her budget and style. Jen instead created a Mini Me version using wood plaques and a paper mache cylinder. At seven inches tall, it looks super cute sitting outside Jen’s bedroom door!

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Stenciled Curtains

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Beth from Home Stories A to Z knows the secret to getting designer-looking curtains at very little expense – stenciling! Beth made some plain IKEA panels super chic and modern with the help of a trellis patterned stencil.If you haven’t tried stenciling yet, I know Beth’s curtains will have your running out for supplies. Don’t they look UH-mazing?!?

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Mini Chair Wreaths

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Emily from Life on the V Side created a set of miniature wreaths to bring a little Christmas spirit to her chairs. All she needed was grapevine wreaths, floral wire, and some eucalyptus, which Emily preferred over the look of Ballard’s boxwood. That’s the beauty of DIY… you get just what you want without the expense, and quite honestly, I think Emily’s looks much more natural than Ballard’s rather plastic-y boxwood.

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Burlap Memo Board

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Lisa from Diary of {Wannabe} Domestic Diva found a burlap memo board from Ballard that was perfect for displaying project ideas in her new craft space. Not surprisingly, the price was the only thing that wasn’t perfect about it, but Lisa found a way to get that sought after Ballard look with items she already had. Looks just like the inspiration to me!

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Thanksgiving Door Tags

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If you are looking for a great alternative to a wreath for your front door this fall, Jaime from That’s My Letter has you covered! Jaime utilized Ballard’s beverage tag design to create decorative door tags with a Thanksgiving message. Of course these would be adorable for any holiday, and they only require a couple of basic materials.

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Burlap Window Panels

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I know I am not alone in saying that I love burlap and it’s price. The fact that I can get it for a couple of dollars a yard with a coupon makes me wonder why stores like Ballard are charging around $200 for one burlap panel. Sheesh! Alicia from Thrifty and Chic shows that you don’t have to pay those outrageous prices, not when you can make your own burlap curtains for $12, and that’s for two panels!

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Wood Market Sign

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It’s no secret that wall décor can get expensive, especially for larger pieces. Luckily, armed with wood, paint, and a bit of creativity, you can fill those walls without breaking the bank! Just check out this weathered wood plaque that Mimi from Blue Roof Cabin created with plywood and a jigsaw. The gorgeous shape and custom wording make for a truly unique piece of wall décor!

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