Grab a few dollar store and craft store supplies to whip up these knock off Pottery Barn Christmas decor pieces. Fill your Christmas mantel for a fraction of the price.
See how to make my dollar store mini Christmas trees, a “Ski Lodge” sign, and burlap poinsettias.
Knock Off Pottery Barn Christmas Decor
Just watch this video below to see how I whipped up these three Christmas crafts:
DIY Christmas Decor
Here’s a quick video transcript:
Ski Lodge Sign
I started with a sheet of white foam board from the Dollar Tree. Then I used my Cricut to cut a stencil from stencil temporary adhesive vinyl that says “Ski Lodge”. I weeded out the excess vinyl, and then I just measured where to cut the white foam board. I needed a straight edge to cut my foam board, and I didn’t have anything else handy, so I grabbed this wooden sign to use to guide by blade as I scored the board. I love using my penblade for projects like this – I’ll link to it below.
Once the foam board has an initial scoring line, I repeated my cut a few more time with my penblade – until I could bend the foam board and it would easily pop in half. Then I just had to run my penblade across the other side of the board to separate.
Then I measured 2-inch sections of foam board to serve as the frame of my sign and set them aside.
Now it was time to paint my letters. I used transfer vinyl to transfer the letters to the foam board. I was afraid that the vinyl would damage the foam board when I peeled it away, so I used a microfiber cloth to make the adhesive a bit less sticky.
Then I used masking tape to tape off an arrow – in hindsight, I should have done this with my vinyl. It took some finagling to get the arrow lined up the way that I liked it. I also used the masking tape to tape off a border around the sign.
I used my go-to paint from Walmart – Waverly chalk paint. For this one, I combined two colors. The green is called fern, but it was a bit too bright for my liking. So, I added a bit of a gray color called steel to deepen the color just a bit.
I used a wide, flat brush to cover the sign. I didn’t go for complete coverage, since I wanted a bit more of a distressed technique. Don’t wait for the paint to completely dry, so that you can get clean lines when you peel away the vinyl.
Then things got a bit tricky. I grabbed this wood-grained contact paper at the Dollar Tree to wrap my four pieced of foam board for a frame. I wrapped one long foam board piece, then continued the contact paper over the back of the sign, and then around another long piece of foam board. After wrapping the two short pieces of foam board, I secured the frame pieces firmly in place with a hot glue gun.
For about $2 in supplies, I was able to re-create a winter sign that retails for close to $100.
Next up: I made these little potted poinsettias. Grab a bunch of red poinsettias at the craft store. I think I bought these on sale for about $4 or $5. The Pottery Barn flowers that inspired me were a bit more pink, so I grabbed by white Waverly chalk paint and a brush.
After cutting my bunch of flowers apart, I took the white paint on a very dry brush and lightly painted the edged of each flower petal. I just went back and forth quickly, using very little white paint on my brush at a time. It’s ok to get paint on the whole petal, you just want to focus on getting more paint on the edges.
Then I grabbed some foam blocks from the Dollar Tree and two small clay pots that you can get at the craft store for about a buck. Cut the foam block down to size – in this case, I cut it in half. Then stuff the foam into the clay pot.
Next it’s time to cover the clay pot with burlap. Since burlap is pretty see-through, you either need to paint the clay pot or cover it with a thicker fabric. I always keep scraps of both burlap and dropcloth around, so I went with dropcloth fabric.
Just cut a small square of dropcloth, and tuck the edges into the clay pot. It doesn’t need to be perfect, since it will be covered with burlap.
Then cut a larger piece of burlap to place under the clay pot. After placing your poinsettia stem into the foam, wrap the burlap edges up around the stem. I just used a string from the burlap to tie a simple bow to hold the burlap in paces around the clay pot.
You can also trim the burlap if needed, to get the burlap to hang evenly around the pot. But that’s it. I made two of these to place on either side of my mantel.
Dollar Store Christmas Trees
Finally, I couldn’t resist these little Dollar Tree Christmas trees. They’re pretty basic, but with a few craft supplies, I gave them a new look.
Start with a small Christmas tree. Discard the base. Then grab some plain white spray paint and give the whole tree a light dusting with the paint. This will just give the tree a bit of a flocked look. While you’re at it, go ahead and grab a dollar store green wreath and give it a spray with the white paint as well. You will need the wreath later.
For the base of my tree, I repurposed a painted clay pot from my fall dollar store pumpkin topiary craft, which I’ll link to. I just painted the pot with gray chalk paint, and wrapped it with a piece of dollar store rope.
Grab some dollar store foam, and place two blocks inside the clay pot. This will hold your tree in place without having to use the tree base. Then grab some garland from the craft store. I bought this 5-footer for about $7, and then I cut it in half. I only needed half of the garland per tree.
You’ll also need something to cover the base of the tree and all of that ugly foam. For this I used a dollar store wreath that I folded over on itself once. Once it was lightly sprayed with white spray paint, it sat nicely under the tree, helping to hold the tree in place.
Tammy Gregg says
So for the SKI LODGE—> Pottery Barn inspired sign, if I don’t own a Cricut, and I do not and cannot afford one, then I cannot make the sign? I’m not trying to be mean or negative, but your blog/post is extremely misleading. You state for about 2$ in supplies you were able to re-create a winter sign that retails for around 100$. The honest thing to post would have been, for about 2$ in supplies and a very expensive Cricut machine (which retails from 250$ to over 500$), you were able to re-create a winter sign that retails for 100$. There has to be a cheaper way. I’m sorry if this comes across mean or negative, but there are a lot of people who simply cannot afford a Cricut, and I wish you’d given instructions on how to make the sign without a Cricut and the supplies needed for the Cricut. I’ve noticed you do this with the Cricut on many crafts. Again, truly not trying to be mean or nasty. I enjoy many of your crafts.
Hi Tammy! Yes, I do make a variety of crafts – with and without my Cricut machine. I’m sorry this craft offended you. Craft stores sell letter stickers and stencils in a variety of shapes and styles. You could even trace the letters with pencil and paint around them. Happy crafting!
Hi Aimee! Your craft (SKI LODGE—>) in NO WAY offended me! My wording was rather strong, and I apologize I gave you that impression.
I love your ideas for making the sign without a Cricut, and will definitely be using them. I never thought of tracing around the letters and painting around them opposed to painting the letters – great idea! I will be making signs now, a lot of them! I’m going to try your Christmas Reverse Canvas Craft first – so very clever!
Again, I apologize for my strong words, and it was never my intent to give you the impression that your craft had offended me. In the future, if I need help with a craft of yours or automatically think I cannot make it because I don’t own a Cricut, I will simply ask for ideas. I’m truly upset that my comment made you think your craft had offended me. Please accept my apology,
Karen Holme says
I’ve made lots of signs without a Cricut machine yet achieve very even, pretty letters. On a Word document on my computer, I use the “Word Art” feature to type my text. I adjust the style and desired size of the text on the document. I adjust the color of the text to a light grey to save on ink, then I print the page with the text. Then, I use carbon paper to trace the text onto the craft. I’ve painted my wood craft with craft paint and let it dry thoroughly before tracing or I’ve also used water-based stain. Be careful not to lean on the carbon paper while tracing so it won’t leave messy marks. After tracing, you can color the letters with paint and brush or paint pen. My supplies (given that one has a computer and printer) are a piece of copy paper, a piece of carbon paper, two colors of craft paint, paint brush, and a piece of wood scrap I got from the garbage at a wood shop…I think that’s a grand total of 4 bucks!