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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 saw this NOEL sign in the Pottery Barn catalog and loved it! Absolutely loved it. It was huge and metal and so cool…and $149. I’m sorry, say what?! Yeah, right. But then, I saw two great ladies (Frugal with a Flurish and Thrifty Decor Chick) who had made amazing knock-offs for pretty cheap. Now we’re talking.

I knew that I wanted to put this sign above the buffet in our dining room. This spot definitely needed something and I thought this would be perfect!

The N, O, E, and L were purchased at Hobby Lobby. The other girls used Burnt Umber acrylic paint and Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I had some Hammered Metal spray paint already on hand, so I used it!

Once I put the letters together and saw that it wasn’t going to be as big as I wanted, I knew I needed to come up with a plan B for how I was going to put the sign together. In our old master bedroom, I had three canvases I painted as a quick art for an empty wall. I took one of them and spray painted it with primer and then sprayed the whole thing candy apple red.

Once the canvas and letters dried, I spaced out the letters on the canvas and started attaching them one-by-one to the canvas with hot glue. This part took about three minutes – I love a fast project!

I LOVE how it turned out! It was exactly what I wanted in this spot – a pop of something different and a little flash of Christmas! I didn’t hang it as I didn’t want to make a nail hole on a wall that doesn’t usually have any art but I like it even more just resting on the buffet.

Here is a very bad quality close-up of the finished sign. It might not be as big as the original Pottery Barn one, but I think the color of the letters turned out really great!

Here is another shot of the finished project! It may be December 20 but at least we can enjoy it for another week. πŸ™‚

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Art knock-offs

I saw this art piece at my friend Shannon’s house last month. I love it! Most of the girls at her house knew the artist but I’m not up to speed on that stuff so I have no clue who it is who made these (sorry!). I just knew that I liked them and can’t wait to make my own! I think this will be a perfect project for dreary January or February.

The same artist made this piece that is hanging in her little boy’s nursery. How adorable is this?! I love the gray wash to it and want to make this for our master bedroom but change the quote. Have you all seen the quote from Winnie the Pooh? I love it! Some people use it for speeches at weddings and I think it is great for our master bedroom: “If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.” How sweet is that? I think this will be a perfect February project to do for Valentine’s Day!

When I showed this picture to my co-worker and we were talking about the Winnie the Pooh quote, she got me hip to Ben’s Garden and John Derian. Do you all know about this? I am in love!! I don’t need to collect anything else but man, I would love to have some of these plates!

The cool thing about Ben’s Garden is that you can submit a photo and they will make a custom decoupage tray for you! I would love to give this as a wedding or anniversary present! Or…receive as an anniversary present (hint! hint!) πŸ™‚

The John Derian plates are gorgeous! People hang them in their houses as collections or use them as trays for bathrooms and sink areas. They are crazy expensive but so gorgeous! There are word trays/plates and then also super cool pictures of animals or abstracts. Check the sites out when you have time. It is my new obsession!

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