Inexpensive DIY Pottery Barn Hurricane Knock-Off

July 9, 2012

A few months ago when I got this Pottery Barn Catalog

I was taken with their  
Vases & Vase Filler
section of the catalog. 

It reminded me of prior summers, having placed sand in a glass hurricane with some shells.  I knew I could copy theirs pretty easily.  I started with my Anchor Hocking glass cookie jar.

And here it is sans lid.

It was all of $9.99 at our local hardware store. It looks exactly like Pottery Barn's for $49.50.  
PB  calls it an Aegean Hurricane.

Add some sand.
This is actual bona fide New Jersey seashore sand, brought back fresh by me from our family vacation over the 4th of July.  I didn't really take any pictures this year (gasp!) but you can visit here and get the gist.  Two of the chickadees actually shoveled it up and bagged it for me right before we left for the airport.  Priceless.

Add an electric candle I already had, a starfish and some vacation shells and you're done.  I'm loving it!

The beach sign is made from a Dollar Store silver tray that I painted with chalkboard paint.  I bought the tray stand on sale at Hobby Lobby, then painted it white and distressed it.

I just love it when I can make something inexpensively that sells for beaucoup bucks somewhere else, don't you? 

I also really wanted to show you something else we brought back from the shore.  Not only is it made of shells, it's made of WHITE shells.  And you know how I feel about white!

I just found it really fascinating and different.  I'd never seen anything like it before.  
Coupled with its' little hand-carved stand I thinks it's pretty cool.

It cost all of $8.95.  (Gotta love the "Shell Shack," as we call it.  It's really a fishing/bait and tackle shop we visit each year to pick up some awesome shells for pretty reasonable prices.) 
Upon closer inspection I thought it was a bit like either the PB Wave Coral ($59) above

or their Barnacle (letter E, $129!).

I'll be displaying it right next to my revamped summer decor glass orb thingys (blogged about here) and some (sort of) home made coral that I'll tell you how to make later.

So, I was pretty happy with my inexpensive PB knock-off look.  And I'm obviously loving the whole beachy, nautical look these days.

How about you?


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jacin {lovely little details} said...

wow, it looks perfect!

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

You do the best job with your knock offs. Very impressive.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

I love that shape of that hurricane. It's really cute. And that white shell ball is to-die-for!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a fabulous look-alike. I really do like yours better and the price difference is unbelievable. The shell ball is amazing..I've never seen anything like it before. Wonderful!!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Great knock-off! Even better, it's your style!
Please join my new weekly linky party TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS going on now. What a great knock-off project to share!

Ashley said...

This turned out so cute! Love it!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Love it all! And the tray is such a great idea!

Decor & Harmony said...

Way to go Kathleen this is great, you really brought it all together :)Maybe you should start your own catalog "Diva on A Dime/Dollar." Have a great day!

Pondside said...

I love the hurricane - thanks for the inspiration! I've been wanting to make something for my sister, whose bathroom is shore-inspired. This will be perfect, and all the ingredients are right here!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

What a great knockoff! It looks JUST like the PB version….but I like your pricetag much better! So pretty.

Anonymous said...

What a great knockoff, Kathleen! I love it! Your tray chalkboard is so cute and the shell ball is wonderful! I love white too! You always make everything look so peaceful!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon Designs said...

Beautiful!! You did a super job! Love that you brought back your own sand!!! :) Thanks for sharing at Uncommon! Bonnie

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Really pretty! PB is great for inspiration!

Karena said...

Yes, still amazed at your creativity; I am going to get a hardware store cookie jar as soon as I can!

Art by Karena

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

I can spot Jersey sand any day of the week :) I have quite a bit of it myself. lol

I love your knock off.


Kathy said...

Great knockoff! My secret pal from church loves nautical decor. I got a thrifted large shallow glass bowl, two Dollar Tree bags of sand, and a thrifted brand new box of floating candles shaped like seashells. My BESTEST find for her lately was a yard sale conch shell for $1. They are 19.99 at Michael's!!!! Now, how to ask how she used it?!?

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