These creative outdoor decorations retail for $79 each!
With a few easy to find supplies you can make them yourself for much less.
First you need some hearty wooden letters. I found these which are made especially for outdoor use.
They come in many fonts and are unpainted, making it easier to apply the moss.
The 18 inch high letters (the PB ones range from 18-20") are $18.53 each. The Georgia Bold and Century School Book fonts seem closest to the original.
Next you'll need some moss. Bags of preserved moss are readily available in craft stores and floral supply shops. Here's an example I found online for $4.49 a bag.
To attach the moss I suggest you try a good spray adhesive. This is also available in most craft stores. This one is online in an office supply store for $4.37 a can.
If you do multiple letters your cost per letter would be about $20. That's an amazing savings, plus you get the bragging rights from have made them yourself!
I hope you give this project a try and tell us all about it in the comments!
Ashley gives great design tips and trends.
She also happened to find an excellent LAL for the Pottery Barn Bacchus Bedside Lamp.
Retails for $169 each
Ashley's LAL is from Ikea
Retails for just $49.99
Check out Ashley's post for ideas on how to spice it up even more!
Small baskets retail for $24 and the liners run from $10-$12 each
Personalization is an extra $6.50
Here are some LAL's from PersonalCreations.com
These cute baskets include the stuffed bunny and flower for $29.99 plus the personalization is free!
Retail for $17.99 also with free personalization.
*Check out our new Andover Cabinet LAL here!*
Andover Cabinet retails for $699
Andover Media Console retails for $999
Our LALs are from homedecorators.com
Quin Cabinet retails for $499
Quin Media Console retails for $799
Our reader Christina gave us some LAL suggestions for the Pottery Barn Kids Brooke and Daisy Garden bedding lines. They were great LALs but she continued to hunt and came up with these even better matches! Good eye Christina!
PBK Brooke Twin Quilt retails for $159.
This amazing LAL is from Amazon.com
Set retails for $49.99 and includes quilt and sham.
PBK Daisy Garden Quilt
Retails for $149, on sale now for $129
This LAL is also from Amazon.
Retails for $49.99 with sham!
It's super cute, but at a retail price of $299 it's out of the reach of most shoppers. Even the current clearance price of $109.99 is a bit much for some buckets and branches.
Why not make it yourself? Let's break down the elements: buckets with an antique bronze finish, 4 nice straight branches, jute roping, and the numbering on the buckets. See, not that hard once you think about it!
First the buckets. A quick look online for small galvanized buckets shows tons of options. The cheapest ones I found are from an outside vendor on Amazon.com. Most wedding favor supply sites have a version and they are cheaper in bulk, but for $.59 each, these look pretty good.
Now to get that antique bronze finish. I've used Rust-o-leum American Accents Metallic Oil-rubbed Bronze spray paint many times to paint hardware and light fixtures, and the results are always amazing. You can find it at most hardware stores for $6-7 a can. I did find it online but at $11.49, it's worth a trip to Lowe's to save the difference.
Next we need some branches. The PB ones are plastic artifical branches. I think natural branches would look better anyway. A short nature hike or even a trip to the back yard might be all you need to find 4 branch lengths that you like. If you live in the desert or have to have that same sand blasted look as the pb ones, I found these: they are called Yucca Poles.
They are from Bloom and Branches, an online floral supply store that has many other branches to choose from, but I thought these were nice and straight. You have to buy them by the case which is 10 branches, enough for 2 of these projects. A case of the 5-7 foot lengths is $47.98.
Now for jute roping. You can find this at any craft store. There are several options online but here is one on Amazon.com. It's $3.38 for 135ft.
Last, we have to number those cute little buckets. You can buy stick-on vinyl numbers at craft stores or even hardware stores near where they sell mailboxes. These are okay, and pretty cheap, but the font usually isn't that "elegant" shall we say. You can also order custom vinyl numbers many places online. Check out the many vinyl vendors on etsy.com. You can choose the font (I'm pretty sure the original is made using the Lucinda Handwriting font), and get whatever color you want (white stickers can be hard to find), but it can be a little pricey to go the custom route. I would look for a good stencil instead and paint the numbers on with ivory craft paint. I even found this free print-your-own stencil online.
Just adjust your printer settings to get the number size you want and then print it onto card stock. Cutting it out might be tedious, but hey, it's free! Another no cost option is painting the numbers free hand.
Put is all together (easy for me to say) and you get that Pottery Barn look for less than $50 (assuming you find your own branches and numbering). That is an amazing savings! If you try this craft please tell us about it in the comments section and we want pictures!
Table retails for $938, Chairs retail for $299 each
This LAL set is from JCPenney
5 piece set retails for $1340, on sale for $669.