Knock Off Crafts {week 3}

Did you all khave a fabulous weekend?  I sure did.  I spent it at The Creative Connection having so much fun and meeting so many inspiring creative people!  If any of you can swing it, you should all try to make it next year.  It really was a fantastic, inspiring (slightly overwhelmingly so) weekend.

The clear winner of last weeks challenge was Celeste @ Celestial’s Creations and her Floor Poufs.

I have always been a fan of pouf and never would have thought to use an old bean bag to make some.  How great is that!?

Since there was the tie last week, two crafters will be leaving us today.  Those two are Allie @ Miss Lovie Creations and Robin @ The T-Shirt Diaries.  Their Tier Eyelet Skirt with Flower Top and New Fall Shirts were so great, but the competition was though.

I say it every season, but it’s still true – I hate letting people go thte first few weeks.  I feel like we don’t have enough time to get to know them!

Now, on to this week – Knock Off Crafts!  Just like always, the poll will be open until 9 pm CST on Friday night.

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Craft #1 – Kitchen Art PB Knockoff – Margo @ Art Surrounds Us

For this weeks challenge I went on search for the perfect thing to dive into knocking off. The second I found this I knew I had to do it and just how I wanted to do it for my kitchen.

I couldn’t be any happier with the way that it turned out! I stuck with just the natural colors of the wood and the transferring gave the pieces a vintage look which just made them perfect. This picture is listed as being on sale for 229.00 at the moment (the original price was $299.00). I was able to make my version for $52.00!

Craft #2 – Bernhardt Cabrillo Nailhead Chest Knockoff – Jessica @ Mad In Crafts

bernhardt cabrillo nailhead chest

I first saw the Cabrillo Nailhead Chest in an ad in Architectural Digest.  I immediately dog-eared the page and looked up the company’s website.  I found the listing for the chest, as well as dozens of other lovely pieces, but noticed that the prices of the furniture were conspicuously absent from the Bernhardt website.  As I figured, it was a case of “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.”  After some more research, I found that the Cabrillo chest retails for over $1300!

entry table collage

In this collage, you can see the inspiration piece from Bernhardt, a before picture of my snoozer of an entry table (I know you have something just like this somewhere in your house), and the finished product!  Huge difference, right?

faux nailhead trim with thumbtacks

I was able to achieve a reasonable knockoff of the original piece with patience, perseverance, and $6.  Yes, you read that right.  Six. Dollars.
Even if this pattern is too busy for your tastes, you can still use the same process I used to add faux nailhead trim to mirror frames, chairs, inexpensive IKEA furniture….  You are only limited by your imagination!

bernhardt cabrillo nailhead diy

I love that my new entryway table greets our guests with a massive dose of style and design.  It was such a bland space before, now it demands attention!

Craft #3 – Turquoise Knot Necklace – Terra @ Mama Says Sew

I came across this necklace on pinterest and fell in love.  When I clicked on the link, it took me to Karma Loop, and said that it was out of stock. Not to worry, I’ll just make my own. {Okay, who am I kidding? I probably would have been to cheap to buy it anyway.}
Mine didn’t turn out exactly like the original, but I’m still happy with the results.  And my children are happy with all the leftover beads. Since it was out of stock, I have no idea what the price was to compare, but I can almost guarantee that it was more than my grand total of $3.
I love the color, I love the simplicity, I just love this necklace.

Craft #4 – Jumbo Framed Chalkboard – Heather @ Dragonfly Designs

Okay seriously, how much fun was this challenge!?!  I love, love, love a good knock-off and the theme this week gave me the push I needed to try one of my very own.
I give you the…
Jumbo Framed Chalkboard
 While scrolling through Pottery Barn Kids {and drooling} I found this fabulous chalkboard that would look darling in my kitchen {and keep the kids entertained}.  PB $367.77 vs. Mine $31.27.
How do you like those savings?!
 I broke out the mitre box and nail gun for this one girls!  Two coats of chalkboard paint and 50 million coats of red acrylic paint and my masterpiece was complete!
I love that not only do my kids have something to keep them occupied while I’m cooking dinner but I also have a place to put my favorite quotes ~ subway art style.

Craft #5 – Anthropologie Inspired Musing Dishes – Celeste @ Celestial’s Creations

I was struck by the simplicity of these Anthropologie dishes.

I love a bowl that still looks good when there’s nothing in it.  I also like paying about $4 instead of around $50.

For the words on my knock-off bowl, I used William Carlos Williams’ poem “This is Just to Say.”  It had more words and filled more of the bowl than I thought it would, but I still like it.  It’s a poem about plums, which seemed fitting for a fruit bowl, but it also reminds me to make more sincere apologies for even minor offenses.

I also ended up liking my “test plate.”  Winnie the Pooh is one wise little bear.

“When having a smackerel of something with a friend, don’t eat so much that you get stuck in the doorway trying to get out.”  Can’t beat that logic.

Craft #6 – Anthro Inspired Shower Curtain – Emily @ Nap Time Creations

Well, I must say I took the term “knock-off” pretty loosely. I didn’t really mean too, it just sort of happened and I really love the finished product. But, does it look anything like the original… not really. I do love the diagonal pattern of the flowers and the overall ambiance of the curtain though.Photobucket

From the beginning of this project I knew I was going to make it quite a bit different from the original. I had a flower shape in mind and just went with it. Some supply and dying issues got in the way, but I was able to overcome.


The finished product looks incredible hanging in our (dingy, little) bathroom. I am waiting for the spray paint smell to leave, but I already love it and can’t wait to use it. Totally wishing I had an awesome bathroom like in the Anthro catalog, but at least I have a great new shower curtain!

Craft #7 – Dinnerware Rack – Carlee @ Lady Bird Lane

I have an awkward area in my kitchen were a chimney used to be, and have been searching for a way to decorate it.  When I found the Place Setting Hook Rack from Anthropologie, I knew it was just the thing to fill the space, and provide storage for my aprons.  Being a DIY’er I gaped at the $40 price tag, and knew I could make it just how I wanted for much less.
It is hard to tell from the picture, but Anthropologie’s version is small, it is only 12 inches wide. I needed something wider to fill the space, my knock-off version is 22.5 inches wide. Also, I did not like the solid gray color, I wanted something with more depth. I painted mine ivory, and distressed both the decorative piece, and the silverware. Additionally, I decided to make the handles the opposite direction so I could show off the cutest part of the utensil, the stem.
By finding a fun rod iron decorative piece, thrift store utensils for mere pennies, I created a one of a kind charming piece that is both functional and decorative. My aprons have never been so happy!

Craft #8 – Ruffled White Anthropologie Bedding – Bessie @ Besserina

I knew I wanted to make this gorgeous Anthropologie bedding as soon as I saw it! Don’t you just want to throw youself in this bed and stay there all day? 
This set will set you back at least $600, I made this “Knock Off” for…..can you guess?
Just as dreamy and romantic, and I made it to fit my little girls toddler bed! 
My version includes a ruffled duvet cover and two pillow shams.  There are 4 different types of flowers covering the pillow and duvet, just like the original.  Each petal was handcut an sewn into place ~this took the alot of time, but the results were worth it!
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  1. Denice says

    well, I assume that I am to cast my vote for one project. can’t do it. sorry. teriffic ideas, wonderful craft work to all. ♥

  2. Shirley says

    I just have to say that I definitely wanted to vote 3 or 4 times! You ladies have some talent!! I loved the pottery barn kitchen plaque knock off so much more than the original. Love the vintage feel of it. And the Anthro bedding…gorgeous! And the necklace, seriously and….I want tutorials for everything!! Great job!

  3. Dona Russell says

    Are there going to be tutorials to follow? I really want to see how these were done, especially the plumb poem plate! Loved it.

  4. says

    Wow! I think this week is the toughest time I have had choosing since I started following this blog. I still don’t know who I am going to pick. Great job and inspiring ! Its a toss up btw the chalkboard (I am a sucker for a chalk board), kitchen art, and flat ware rack! Plus I like that bedding too. Decisions, decisions!

  5. Barb says

    I am not sure if there is anything you can do about this, but I have noticed that when I use the “share this” button on the poll itself, a picture come up from this week’s projects. I always click on the box that says “no thumbnail” to make sure that someone doesn’t think I am promoting one or the other of the contestants.

    Do you think you could set it up that your logo is the only picture available when using the poll share feature?