Mini Skulls Apothecary Jar

Here’s a super cheap and easy idea from Krista at The Gathering Place for creating your own haunted house ambiance. Krista found some mini skulls at the dollar store and aged them a bit with a mix of water and brown paint. Then into a jar they went with a bit of Spanish moss. I am loving the little “arsenic” tag Krista added. What a perfect finishing touch!

Mini Skulls Vase Filler

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Faux Stone Skull Vase

Last Halloween, Pottery Barn’s ceramic skull vases provided an easy target for all the knock-off lovers out there. I featured quite a few of the DIY versions here on KOD, including Nikki’s from 13 Black Cats Designs. To create her eerie vase, Nikki molded a skeleton face from clay and then attached it onto a craft store vase. She finished it up with some spray paint and acrylic paint for an aged stone effect.
Halloween Skull Vase

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Butterfly Shadow Box Art

While looking for affordable accessories for her master bedroom update, Steph from Building This Nest came across a colorful butterfly shadow box from IKEA. At $14.99, it was hardly expensive, but Steph knew it would be simple enough to recreate without a trip to the big blue store. Steph used an Xacto knife to cut out her butterflies, drizzled them with craft paint, and then popped them into a shadow box. I think this would make absolutely darling wall décor for a little girl’s room too!

butterfly shadow box art inspired by ikea

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Ombre Paint Stick Party Backdrop

Christine from Pure Joy Events has a passion for planning kids’ parties and finds Anthropologie’s window displays to be a great source of inspiration for her backdrops. I have been known to find creative uses for paint stirrers so it’s no wonder this ombre paint stick design caught my eye. Christine created her beachy backdrop by painting large paint stirrers and them simply sticking them on the wall with painter’s tape. How cute is this for a surf-themed birthday or pool party?

anthropologie inspired paint stick party backdrop

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Birds and Branches Wall Canvas

Christy from Planted and Blooming Girl fell in love with a painting for her daughter’s room that was the perfect mix of girly and outdoorsy. But, alas, it was way too expensive, especially for a girl who frequently likes to change out her décor. Christy challenged herself to grab a canvas and paints and create her own artwork. If you are thinking Christy obviously has artistic talent, she says it’s not the case. She’s just a “nurse on a budget” who was inspired to try her hand at something new!

birds and branches wall canvas inspired by pottery barn kids

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Decorative Spring Baskets

Sherry from Pondered Primed Perfected put a fresh spin on a project she completed last summer upcycling strawberry cartons. This go-round Sherry dressed up the cartons with pastel paint, glitter, and ribbons for a look that’s befitting of spring and Easter. Sherry’s steps result in a durable, waterproof finish so the containers can be used again and again as tabletop décor, mini Easter baskets, and even gift baskets for friends.

upcycled berry cartons

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Frosted Birch Candles

In three simple steps, Beth from Home Stories A to Z shares how she turned some plain white pillars from the dollar store into Pottery Barn-inspired beauties. A little craft paint, glue, and Epsom salt, and these lovely candles resemble a frosted forest!

pb inspired beaded birch candles

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Chevron Kitchen Mat

When you think of a kitchen mat, I am sure fun is not a word that comes to your mind. However, Laura from Markham Street Designs shows that a kitchen mat can be full of life and personality! Laura took her old foam kitchen mat and painted it to resemble a zigzag mat she spotted in a magazine. Even dishes would be a little more fun standing on this mat {wink}!

colorful chevron kitchen mat

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