Ballard Hemp Dog Toy Storage Knock-Off

September 22, 2014

Yes, we got a dog.
A puppy in fact.
We're a family that is happier
a dog than without one.
And we all know that
along with dogs comes
Here's just a sampling of what's
lying around our floor as I type this.

KONG Air Dog Squeakair Birthday Balls Dog Toy, Medium, Colors Vary (3 Balls)


Multi-Colour Rope Bone Dog Toy

And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Enter Ballard Designs

I knew the first time I saw this that it was something I could absolutely make myself.
I had already purchased some awesome burlap buckets
from Antique Farmhouse a while back and I knew they'd be perfect for this.

Here are mine, sans stencil.

There were actually four of them,
all for $28.00.
Here's what I did to the largest bucket.

I had a stencil that was somewhat similar to the pattern on the Ballard bucket, so I taped the stencil onto the bucket and then painted it on. Then I played around with different fonts to see which one I liked the best. While the Ballard version has a really basic font, I wanted something a little more sophisticated that would go better with my French-ified decorating style.

(I did not use this font.)
You have to be sure that the words are the right size
in proportion to the space,
so I usually tape a sample of it onto
the item I'm stenciling.
It took me FOREVER to find a font
that I liked for this project.
I don't know about you,
but I always get overwhelmed by
the many font options out there.
I do like the one I eventually chose, though.
The font I chose is called Birds of Paradise.
You can download it here.

I was pretty happy with how it turned out.
Ballard Designs' version cost $55.

Mine cost $7 for the bucket plus a small amount
of acrylic paint I already had on hand. 
The adorable little container on the left
is from the Dollar Store and is filled with,
what else, treats! 

If you're not interested in making your own,
but don't want to pay Ballard's prices, 
I actually found another website called
Harry Barker that sells the exact same
dog toy storage bin for $38.

I picked up this "Boulangerie" or French bakery tin 
for a song at the Kane County Flea Market
in St. Charles, IL.
I knew it would make the perfect dog food bin!

So here's my version in all her glory.

What do you think?
I think burlap is one of the easiest materials to paint.
 Maybe you remember my 
 painted burlap farmhouse table runner?
I love how that turned out!
You can also check out my
Ballard DIY French Burlap Storage Ottoman here.
Have you ever painted burlap?
If you did, I'd love to know how it turned out!

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Anonymous said...

Kathleen, this is the cutest dog toy storage basket I have ever seen! Your version is so cute and perfect for your precious fur baby! I love your tin! You have found some treasures!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

An adorable furbaby, and great job on the basket. They definitely become a member of the family.

NanaDiana said...

Kathleen- That is a really cute little storage piece. Love it. But I love that sweet little poochy face even more. What a darling pup! xoDiana

Vanessa said...

I love those bags and great price. Awesome and love your puppy

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Adorable! Sooo cute!

Omg, I want one too!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Another fabulous knock off, the font is perfect! You sure have one lucky and adorable puppy.

Diana said...

Love it! I just bought some burlap--may have to try this one out :) Thanks for the idea.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

We have dogs, and I love them. The burlap bag you made is perfect and turned out super nice.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh what a sweet baby! Yes, I too find I am better with a pet than without. Love your toy holder. Now I have to use the phrase...Lucky Dog!


The Charm of Home said...

Super cute storage!

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