14 Home Decor Products you can Totally DIY

by Holly Wade

14 Home Decor Products you can Totally DIY

I love stores like Antropologie, Urban Outfitters and West Elm as much as the next person, but I can't afford to decorate my whole home with their products. I pick and choose my must-have items to splurge on and, whenever possible, I DIY the rest based on my favorite store-bought pieces. Some home decor products have gorgeous DIY versions with full tutorials available online, so why not give it a try?!

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Make It: DIY Knock-Off Anthropologie Hanging Frame

by Jennifer Farley

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I love minimal, simple frames, so when I saw this set of frames from Anthropologies, I absolutely I fell in love. I was actually going to purchase a few, but then I realized that they were no longer available. So I figured I could attempt to DIY a similar version. And guess what? I did! Read on to find out how...

 

DIY Knock Off Anthropologie Frame
Anthropologie

Materials

Anthropologie DIY Knock Off Frame

  • Float frame: I got mine from Walmart.
  • Spray paint: I chose Krylon Short Cuts Gold Leaf
  • Super Glue or Hot Glue
  • Small metal washers
  • Clothes pins or hair pins
  • Gold necklace: I bought two at a garage sale for less than a dollar. You could also do leather or twine...what ever fits you.
  • Jewelry snippers or any type of wire cutter
  • Plastic Spray Paint Primer (not pictured)

Step

DIY Knock Off Anthropologie Frame

Take apart the float frame and super glue the washers to the top piece. I used hair pins to keep the washers in place while the glue dried.

DIY Knock Off Anthropologie Frame

Now the pieces of your frame are ready to paint.

Step

DIY Knock Off Anthropologie Frame

Prime and paint the plastic frame. I used plastic primer for the best adhesion to the plastic frame.

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DIY Knock Off Anthropologie Frame

Frame your picture.

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DIY Knock Off Anthropologie Frame

Cut your gold strand to length. You wil need to cut off the clasps. Feed the strand through the back of the frame and tie a knot in front of the frame. Dab with super glue the place where the exess strand comes out of the knot and let dry. When dry, cut off the excess strand.

DIY Knock Off Anthropologie Frame

Do the same for the other side of the strand.

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Now its time to hang your frame! 

Hanging Tip: Since the plastic frame slips on and off, you don't want the weight of the frame to cause the frame to come apart while hanging. To carry the weight of the picture, I hung the frame using a nail and the clear hardware built into the back of the. The gold strand  was just for looks. You could glue the top piece onto the frame but I wanted the ability to change out the picture.

Anthropologie DIY Knock Off Frame

I love how it turned out especially with the pretty vintage card I have been waiting to frame.

Anthropologie DIY Knock Off Frame

 

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The project took only a couple of hours and was really easy to do. I'm working towards a gallery wall of these hung at different heights. Looking for more wall decor? Check out this Curbly post with more easy DIY wall art.

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IKEA Breaks Loose

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

IKEA Breaks Loose

Yup! IKEA has gone all Anthropologie on us. Not surprising. If you pull back a bit and see the natural ebb and flow of design trends, we all saw this coming. The beauty of reading the design blogs is that you get to see the front edge of a trend about two years before it hits stores. In this case, it's hard to tell whether the Artsy crowd influenced Anthropologie, or the other way around. Anthropologie was on the scene, like, immediately! Now that IKEA's making the switch, you may want to see shades of things to come. IKEA's stylist, Lo Bjurulf set up some fab photos for the new catalogue, take a look at The LOOK...

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Paper and Plastic Beehive and Newspaper Pig Magnets

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Paper and Plastic Beehive and Newspaper Pig Magnets

Walk through World Market on any given day and you'll undoubtedly see a few clever products. My worry here is that there are some little village women somewhere in a far corner of the world twisting and weaving these newspaper pig magnets for maybe five cents apiece. Danny Seo of DailyDanny.com went window shopping in Seattle last week. He posted some photos from his stroll.

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Make A Laptop Messenger Bag

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/26/08

Made from Anthropologie-looking fabric, the Laptop Messenger Bag has  a smooth chocolate brown recycled leather strap (from an Ann Taylor skirt) and a back pocket cut out of a recycled bomber jacket.  To be perfectly honest, I did take the outside pocket right off of my original Placemat Hack: Flaptop Laptop Cover.  This handy messenger version is easy to carry, quilted on the inside and has the added details of topstitching and that fabulous...

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