Anthropologie Inspired: Polka Dot Napkins

Craftivity Designs | February 28, 2013 | 5 Comments so far
This post is part of our Anthro Love Blog Series -- where we are spending February sharing some Love for Anthro by creating our own DIY Versions of some great products. If you'd like to see all of the posts from this series, go here.

While searching for items to use in our Anthro Love series, Lora sent me these napkins to check out!  I love polka dots and bright colors so this was the perfect combination! To re-create these, I started with a 4-pack of bright colored napkins from Target's Room Essential's brand.  To create the gold polka dot effect, I took gold metallic fabric paint and a circle sponge.


After washing and ironing the napkins, I squeezed some fabric paint onto a plate and took a paintbrush to mix it up. Then I laid the napkins out flat on a table and began using the sponge and the paint to make small gold polka dots on the fabric napkins. Here is the finished look:


Supplies and Cost:
  • Solid colored napkins (purchased in 4-pack): Target $7, (similar)
  • Metallic Fabric Paint: Hobby Lobby $1 (w/coupon), (similar)
  • Circle Sponge: Already owned-purchased in brush set (similar)

What knock-off items have you made for your home lately?


Today wraps up our Anthro Love series, to review the previous posts, go here.

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Anthropologie Inspired: Bud Vase

Craftivity Designs | February 26, 2013 | 2 Comments so far
This post is part of our Anthro Love Blog Series -- where we are spending February sharing some Love for Anthro by creating our own DIY Versions of some great products. If you'd like to see all of the posts from this series, go here.


I think these colorful bud vases from Anthropologie are so fresh and sweet for spring.

While completing the YHL Macklemore Challenge with Erica, I came across this flower pin.


It immediately reminded me of those cute Anthro bud vases. So I added a colorful vase to my shopping list, and found it in the same store on the day we completed the challenge.

The first step was to preform flower pin surgery...

...which gave me a nice smooth surface on the back of the pin to apply a dab of  E-6000 glue.


After applying the glue, I stuck it onto the vase. This did not go so well. Here's why:

(1) Glue is slippery
(2) Vases are slippery

Shocking, I know, but I didn't anticipate that problem ahead of time and the flower pin was just sliding all over the vase, getting glue everywhere. So I wiped it off to start over.

To hold the pin in place, I rigged up this fancy rubberband contraption {putting that engineering degree to work}.


But, alas, another problem. This time it was a glue drip.

Luckily a quick swipe with an exact-o knife and it was fixed.


The thrifted flower pin was a little pricey in my opinion, at $5. But for $6.50 total, I'm quite happy with this colorful little bud vase.

Vase - thrifted, $1.50
Flower Pin - thrifted, $5
Glue - already owned
TOTAL = $6.50

Here it is in my sunroom!



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Anthropologie Inspired: Chalkboard Jars

Craftivity Designs | February 21, 2013 | 6 Comments so far
This post is part of our Anthro Love Blog Series -- where we are spending February sharing some Love for Anthro by creating our own DIY Versions of some great products. If you'd like to see all of the posts from this series, go here.
I love chalkboards so naturally these adorable chalkboard jars at Anthropologie caught my eye.  I've been working on my office area recently and I thought these jars would be great to hold paper clips and other small office supplies.  You could definitely also use these in the kitchen for spices or in kids rooms to hold small game pieces, etc.

I decided that I wanted to re-create these jars so I could make the lids be a color that better matched my office area.  To get the project started, I gathered some of my nephews empty baby food jars (6 oz. size) and began by scrubbing off the labels and washing them out.  Next, I took the jars outside and spray painted the outsides with white spray paint.  I then took the lids and spray painted them in a bright pink color called Watermelon.  To make the labels, I took chalkboard contact paper and drew out the labels I wanted using a pencil and the grid on the backside of the paper.  Next, I cut the labels out and used my Making Memories Corner Rounder to give the corners a nice rounded look.
After finishing creating the labels, I removed the backing to reveal the adhesive side and slowly applied a label to each jar making sure to smooth out any bubbles that were created.  Lastly, I took a fine point black Sharpie and out lined the black label on the white part of the jar by making small black dashes. I decided I would use the jars to hold rubber bands, paper clips, and thumb tacks so I took my green chalk marker and wrote the words: clips, bands, and tacks on the labels. See the final product below:







Supplies and Cost:

I already had these items on hand so this project was free for me to re-create however, below is an estimated cost break down if you were to choose to make one yourself.  Keep in mind that you will be able to make multiple jars with these materials as it only takes a small amount of materials for each jar.

  • Empty Baby Food Jars (6 oz.)
  • White Spray Paint: $3-$5
  • Colored Spray Paint in your choice: $3-$5
  • Chalkboard Vinyl: Approx. $7 (similar)
  • Making Memories Corner Rounder (optional-similar)

Total: Approx. $13-$17 

Have you added any chalkboard items to your home?


Check out our posts next week for more projects in our Anthro Love series!


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Anthropologie Inspired: Animal Push Pins

Craftivity Designs | February 19, 2013 | 10 Comments so far
This post is part of our Anthro Love Blog Series -- where we are spending February sharing some Love for Anthro by creating our own DIY Versions of some great products. If you'd like to see all of the posts from this series, go here.

Mike & I are working on a project for our Entry that has been in the back of our minds for a long time, and I can't wait to show it you. (UPDATE: Go here to see how we used the Animal Push Pins)

However, for now, I'll just share these fun little animal push pins which will be part of that bigger DIY project.

These Arctic Animal Push Pins are no longer for sale on Anthropologie, but I believe they were retailing for about $12. Not terribly pricey, but it only included 5 push pins -- if I started purchasing large quantities that could get expensive quickly.

I found these toy animals at Seek and Find Treasures in Louisville. I got 2 bags of animals at $1.50 each and then got to work on this simple Knock-Off.


They each received a couple coats of Flat White spray paint.


They were looking much better, but I added a coat of Gloss Clear spray paint to give them a "shiny-ness" like the Ceramic Push Pins from Anthropologie. 
 
I used E-6000 Craft Adhesive to attach a plain Metal Thumb Tack to the back of each animal.



Aren't they cute and fun? I know my little boy is going to love them too.


Plastic Animals - thrifted, $3
Thumbtacks - already owned (similar here)
Spray paint - already owned
Gloss paint - Amazon, $6
TOTAL = $9

P.S. Erica will be back on Thursday with more Anthro Love!

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