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Beth at Home Stories from A to Z is a genius! She figured out how to get Pottery Barn coral without the PB price! I love great ideas and had to pass this one along to you all as well.

Side note – I HATE sideways pictures in blog posts and always take re-dos when this happens but my computer is acting all kinds of funky and this picture was taken as a ‘before’ that can’t be re-done. I’m sorry!

To start, go to the pet section of your local Wal-Mart…yes, that’s right, I said Wal-Mart. I very rarely go there but definitely made an exception for this! In the fish aisle, they have all of the decor for aquariums. Each of these toy pieces were $3-8 each!

I already had two different cans of white spray paint on hand and these babies definitely soaked up both cans of paint! I am thrilled with how they turned out and am so happy I saved at least $20 on each piece of ‘coral’ on our mantel.

Side note #2: The Valspar spray paint was can number two and worked MUCH better than the Krylon paint in the first picture above.

They are the perfect size to fit anywhere and helped transition my mantel from totally spring to getting ready for summer! This would be great for nightstands, bathroom counters, resting on top of a stack of books, you name it and it will be perfect!

I used the other three pieces of coral for our buffet in the dining room. I am working on this area and have many more changes, including DIY art and storage for table linens under the buffet, but this is a great start!

Aren’t they great?! I love the three different sizes and even the spindly, thin one in contrast to the thicker, chunkier pieces! This was super easy and super cheap. After finding these guys in the pet section, it was a ‘no-duh!’ type of moment but someone had to lead me to the light. I tell you, Beth is a genius!

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Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick recently featured a moss letter wreath that I have been wanting to do. After her very easy instructions, I got my supplies together and made one myself!

The inspiration came from Pottery Barn. While I love PB and its merchandise, the price isn’t always right. One letter will set you back $79. Thanks, but no thanks.

What I used: a glue gun (already had on hand), sheet moss from Hobby Lobby ($1.99 after the 50% discount), wood letter from Hobby Lobby ($1.99), yellow and white ribbon from Hobby Lobby ($1.99 after the 50% discount). PB = $79. LS = $5.98. LS = winner!

(P.S. Sarah said her project got a little messy, so I laid out newspaper before I started mine!)

I started by unwrapping the moss and laying it with the front side facing down. I laid the wood letter its front side facing down, on top of the moss. Using a pair of scissors and the glue gun, I cut little strips in the sheet moss and glued the cut moss on to the back of the letter. I gradually worked my way around the letter, cutting and gluing as needed.

Some parts were easier (the outside curves) and some were really difficult to get attached (the inside curves). I had pieces that were too thick on the back, so I would cut those off and set aside to use as filler after I finished gluing everything the first time. This letter fit perfectly on to the piece of sheet moss!

Here is the finished project, hanging on the mirror in our entryway! I cut two pieces of the yellow and white ribbon and glued it to the back of the letter. I used clear tape to attach the ribbon to the top of the mirror. It is the easiest way for me to hang things on this mirror each season.

I am so happy with how it turned out and how easy it was for me to do this! This took me about thirty minutes from start to finish, such a small amount of time for such a cute project! I think this would be a great gift to give to friends or family. Maybe the Easter Bunny should bring it to you?

Here is another view of our new entryway decor. I love how it turned out and love how cheap it was to replicate! It brings a little cheer and happy to the buffet. This will definitely be up through the spring and summer seasons in our house!

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I love when people comment on the blog, especially when comments include helpful tips like reader Jael left me one day!

I posted a while back about my dreams for outdoor entertaining and included a picture of this Pottery Barn drink bucket that I wanted to include in my furniture arrangement. The only problem with this awesome drink station was the price. At $110 for the bucket and stand, it was out of the picture. That money could definitely be used for better purposes!

Sweet Jael saw the post and left a comment about this awesome bucket and stand from Dollar General! For only $14, you get the exact same look, plus a tray at the bottom for extra glasses! What a great find.

Once she left the comment, I of course had to go out and purchase this before Dollar General ran out. My DG had several left and I was thrilled! It took about five minutes to put together and is now waiting for our first party to fill with ice and tasty beverages. Thanks so much, Jael! I appreciate the heads-up and my bank account does too!

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