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I love when I see beautiful things in stores like Pottery Barn and realize I can copy them at home for either really cheap or free!

Several weeks ago, I was in Pottery Barn and saw these great displays. I loved it all and wanted to try my hand at recreating them for our dining room table. Since the weather here is already summer-like and we’re headed to the beach in a few weeks, I had no problem skipping over a spring table and moving straight into a summer one!

This big footed vase is actually from Pottery Barn but was super cheap. I found it right before our wedding and it was $15 instead of $80!! It was the deal of the decade and I have used it over and over – such a great purchase. The glass ball and starfish inside were both presents from my parents when they went to Florida last year. I love them!

This medium-sized container is from Target and is the perfect size for one of my spray painted toy coral pieces and another starfish from my parent’s trip to Florida. All of the random small shells I used in all three containers are ones I’ve had for a long time and collected at random stores each summer.

This last small container is also from Target and holds another DIY Faux Coral piece and lots of fun little shells. I love the way this all came together and how easy it was to mimic the expensive displays in the store. Score one for cheap and easy!

The only thing I had to buy for all of this was sand. For some reason I couldn’t find any of my old stuff so I purchased a bag of play sand at Lowe’s for $3.50. The smallest they had was 50 pounds – anyone need any sand? I have plenty leftover! 🙂

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Yesterday, I showed you the DIY tablecloth I made for our 4th of July tablescape! Today I’ll show you how I pulled it all together and made a DIY centerpiece to celebrate this great weekend.

This was my inspiration photo, courtesy of Pinterest. I loved the simplicity of the bottles with candles! I definitely wanted to recreate this feeling without spending a lot of money.

I started with 9 beer bottles, four taper candles (not pictured) and these flag cupcake toppers and sparkle picks from Hobby Lobby.

The bottles were brown so I spray painted them white to lighten them up. A clear bottle would have been ideal but I was working with what we had! The look on Conner’s face when I asked him not to throw away the bottle when he was finished drinking was priceless! The labels wiped off really easily after they had been soaked in hot, soapy water for about 30 minutes.

I started with the cupcake topper flags. They rest perfectly in between the white napkins and textured napkin rings! The white napkins were a steal of a deal – 12 for $9.99 from Bed, Bath & Beyond before I used a 20% off coupon. The napkin rings were a wedding present from Williams-Sonoma. I wanted just a touch of Americana on the table without being too corny or cheesy and think this small gesture is perfect.

Here is a look at the centerpiece! I love how the candles fit perfectly in the neck of the bottle and the sparkly picks add some fun and festive zest to the table. I ended up using several in one bottle because they were so skinny and thin. I like the bigger affect of several grouped together.

Here is another look at the table with the DIY tablecloth and DIY centerpiece. It is exactly what I was going for and I’m so pleased with the results! It was easy, quick and cheap – just what I wanted!

The little American flags gives each guest his/her own taste of the 4th and the candles and sparkle in the middle group everyone together. This look might not be for everyone, but I love it and am ready to serve up some barbecue! Happy 4th of July!

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I love this centerpiece that Pottery Barn is currently featuring!! I love the natural look but have never really gotten into the whole nest thing. So, I figured I could create this on my own.

Mine is a little more crazy, free flowing than the PB version but I like it! We (read: Conner) trimmed some branches off of our Magnolia tree and then I spray painted them silver.

I stuck the branches in a big hurricane vase we had from our wedding ($13 instead of $80!) and filled it with faux snow I had on hand. The red beady garland was leftover from a Christmas past and I thought gave the centerpiece a little pop of red.

The ice ornaments were purchased from Target two years ago and the crystal drops are from the original chandelier that was in the dining room. Unfortunately the top of my head and the bottom of the chandelier had a little accident so the chandelier went in the trash and the crystals that weren’t broken in half went into a plastic baggie, just for projects like this!

Here is a view from the back of the centerpiece, looking into the entryway and our Salvation Army buffet. I am very pleased with how it turned out! I am still on the hunt for a tablecloth/runner and napkins…hope to have an updated picture with that soon!

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