Monday, September 9, 2013

Fall Copycat Project

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I got a catalog from Grandin Road a few weeks ago and their Harvest Leaves Collection caught my eye.   Specifically, the hanging basket pictured below.

Shortly after seeing this and bookmarking the page, I found three of these hanging baskets {with coconut liner} at a garage sale for $1.00 a piece.  I bought all three, kept two for myself and gave one to my daughter.  So that took care of the basket.  Please excuse the glam shots of my garage, where I put this together.

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I decided to go to the dollar store to see if I could put together something similar to the Grandin Road one on a budget.  The Grandin Road basket is $69.00.  The dollar store didn’t have too much Fall décor out at the time, but I bought two small resin pumpkins, 4 Oak leaf picks, 5 assorted Fall picks, foam for the basket, and a bag of Spanish moss, spending $11.00.  The project cost me $12.00 to make in total.

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I used a little hot glue for the foam in the basket liner.  Then just stuck the bunches into the foam.  I covered it up with the Spanish moss {used the whole bag} and then used hot glue on the resin pumpkins.

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I am going to make a second one, with the other basket I had gotten, for the shepherd’s hook I have near the garage door walkway.

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I also want to try and do their urn filler that they are selling for $159.00.  This does not include the urn it is just the filler.  I have an urn just like this outside our front door and this would bring me right up to when I decorate for Christmas.

I’m hoping to do that urn next and I will share that project with you, too, and then I’ll get a picture of the whole area.

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Catalogs can be great sources of inspiration for projects.  Most of the time you can come up with a reasonable facsimile of the item being offered but at a lower price if you make it yourself.  Have you copied something from a catalog recently?

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Linking up with:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

Fall Into Fall at DIY by Design

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here

Be Inspired at Common Ground

 

38 comments:

Tabitha said...

your basket are lovely Kathy! how lucky to find the baskets for only a buck...hugs

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

love your copy kat hangers. I have an empty container on my front porch so I think I'll try to do the same type décor.

As for copy kat-ing, I recently posted my knockoff Pottery Barn desk chair that I made for $35 as opposed to their $350 one.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Your basket turned out great! I can't wait to see the urn. I might have to copy you! I usually just stick a pumpkin in my urns. The one you picture is so much better!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

So cute! I have two of these hanging baskets sitting outside empty right now. This would be perfect for hanging on my front porch because they will not require watering. LOL! I will have to make a trip to the dollar store very soon. I love this idea!

Cheryl Thornton said...

Your version is lovely - and that urn picture gave me some great ideas of what to do with my urns - thanks for sharing!!

Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

holy moley thats beautiful~!!

now ya know I have to copy cat YOU:)

my version of course..

you did a really great job on that.. I bet all your neighbors are in awe of it too.

Okio B Designs said...

Looks great and so perfect for fall! Chilly here today but more heat coming back for Wednesday. ARGH!

Jeanine

NanaDiana said...

That turned out great, Kathy. I love to look in the catalogs for ideas and then do them for a whole lot less. You did a nice job and I LOVE the urn idea, too. WOW! xo Diana

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It is gorgeous, you did an amazing job of copying. Such a creative idea, I love it. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

Debra Oliver said...

really pretty Kathy! Prices on some of the catalog merch is just nuts, love that urn too, great job!!

Stitchfork said...

Love this time of year! Great job and stellar photos!

Linda Primmer said...

Kathy your copycat is beautiful. I love being inspired. I have also admired the urn floral arrangement you are going to create next. Thank you again for featuring my Elegant Wooden Box.

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

I saw these too, Kathy! I love them! Your basket is a fabulous copycat!I would love the have the fillers. I can't wait to see your copycat on these. Finally, I mailed the fabric to you! Better late than never- I hope!

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Kathy,
This is great. I love your better than Grandin Roads. Gorgeous and what a savings.
Kris

Lisa said...

This turned out so great! And you can't beat $11.00! It's nice to have a creative eye and the talent to carry it off! :)
Lisa

missy said...

Looks good Kathy..You're inspiring me to start decorating for fall..

Denise Duffy said...

Another gorgeous fall floral! Love it!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Your hanging basket looks wonderful. I won't tell you how long mine has had dead plants in it. I haven't copied anything from a catalog, but I may copy you on this one. My neighbors would probably appreciate it, too. :)

Judy K said...

Great copycat project. Yours is at an awesome price too!

Patty Rumaker said...

I seriously need to go to the Dollar Store. Your fall flower arrangement is beautiful.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Kathy, I love it, what a great copy cat project...And guess what ..Yours is much prettier!

Carol

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Awesome copy!

Angela Ryder said...

Beautiful Kathy! I can't believe you got all that from the dollar store! Fabulous!!~~Angela

At The Picket Fence said...

Love it Kathy! Well done! :-)
Vanessa

Becca said...

Wow, what a steal of a bargain, Kathy! Yours looks much more lush and expensive than the Grandin one! A+++++

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I love it Kathy....just beautiful..and yes, those catalogs are such great inspiration.

Carmen Whitehead said...

Thank you Kathy for the inspiration! I have an empty hanging basket just like this, now I know what to do with it!

Pamela said...

I have hanging baskets out front. I think I may have to do this too!

The Refeathered Roost said...

What a beautiful fall basket. I love looking at catalogs for inspiration and to think that you were able to create this with Dollar Store items...wow!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Oh my these are fabulous! What was I thinking when I passed over two of these at GW in Austin last weekend? They were a whopping $3 each :( You really nailed those copycats, and my gosh that urn will be gorgeous too! Can't believe it's still hot up there too. I lived in Ohio until I was 16 and all I can remember is how cold it was, which would be awesome now that I'm in my 50s LOL. Anyway, hope you are doing well, and I'll be looking for a way to copycat you now :)
xo, Andrea

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Wow the dollar store has uplifted the quality of their florals! Your basket looks lovely!!! I am a floral designer so have a few tips: you can use wire ACROSS the basket to hold the foam in better. Also, I ALWAYS cut a bush apart and spread each stem around the arrangement. Just some ideas for ya!!! Can't wait to see the urn, it is beautiful! XO, Pinky

20 North Ora said...

Great job! Yours looks as good as the one in the magazine! I don't understand why all retail places charge so much for floral arrangements. You did an awesome job

Judy

Debbiedoos said...

Oh my goodness Kathy..that looks fantastic! Great copy indeed.

Our Feathered Nest said...

Dont you just love Grandin Road?? I always find inspiration on those pages as well :) You did a beautiful job on the basket... love it! :)

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Gorgeous Kathy! I get their catalog too. Love the urn arrangement - I have a black urn like that too but I think I'm just going to do a pumpkin topiary in it since I already have tons of pumpkins. I'll be eager to see how you do your version!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

It turned out wonderful, Kathy! Thank you for sharing your pretty basket at the Open House party.
xx,
Sherry

Becca Diestelkamp-Woodham said...

Looks great! Fabulous idea. My hanging baskets are looking terrible right now. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/09/fridays-five-features-no-8.html

Babs Richman said...

Your basket turned out great, and what a good use for an extra hanging basket, or to spruce up an old one. Thanks for the inspiration.

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