Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pottery Barn Butterfly Chandelier....knock off

My daughter Courtney, wanted to go with a white butterfly theme for my granddaughter Emma's nursery. On her baby shower list was a butterfly chandelier from Pottery Barn.
Courtney's grandmother decided she would be happy to order one for Emma's nursery...but when it arrived and she opened it to reveal that it was simply paper butterflies....she sadly sent it back. A few days later, we went into the Pottery Barn Kids store to have a closer look. The butterflies were actually just simply plain white paper..and I knew I could make it...easily. The hard part though, was figuring out what I would use for the ring. My mom, the original Do it Yourselfer came up with the idea to use the inside ring of a window visor. You know the one that you place in your windshield to keep the sun out of your car...the one that twists and folds up?. We simnply cut the fabric off to reveal the metal ring....Boy oh boy, I hope that makes sense...The rest was a piece of cake. Courtney is a Stampin' Up rep and Stampin' Up has the perfect Sizzix Butterfly die. All I had to do was get cracking and cut out a bazillion butterflies! Fishing line was used to string the cross bars on the ring, which had been spray painted white. To attach the butterflies, I used a very fine, clear, elastic jewelry cord, from Michael's tying them on at varying lengths and voila! For...under five dollars...I come pretty darn close to knocking off PB's $100.00 Butterfly chandelier! The butterflies on the wall were cut out with the same Stampin' Up Sizzix Die and Wall Pops. White contact paper would work just as well. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let me know.



25 comments:

  1. This is so pretty..I love butterflies and any related project and yours turned up fabulously!! I think that well even better than the original because of the matching wall!

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  2. How adorable, I think you nailed the PB chandelier! Looking to add some butterflies to my daughters' room, thanks for sharing! :)

    -Ann Marie

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  3. Watch out Martha Stewart here comes Sheri!!! Ha ha just had to say that lol! This turned out beautiful and probably even better than PB's! I know your daughter is tickled to death! Great job!

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  4. So beautiful! And the fact that grandma made it makes it even more special! Thanks for sharing this!

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  5. This is so pretty and creative...love it! Thanks for sharing and for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday!

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  6. Awesome, You did a great job. I love how chic this is. I love how you inspire me, thanks for sharing.

    Cha CHa

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  7. That is so beautiful..I just love the look and you knocked it off and out of the park! Great job!!

    Miss Bloomers

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  8. You did an amazing job!!! I think it looks just like the PB chandelier!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. great job, that is too precious, and I totally would have sent back the paper chandy too!

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  10. It looks just like the one from PB. If that's all it was made of was paper then I would have sent it back as well. I wonder if this could be made smaller by using an embroidery hoop?

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  11. That is so close -- unbelievable knock off!!! Great job!

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  12. Well, PB should just be ashamed of themselves for selling a chandelier with paper at that price! I think yours looks fabulous and all the better that you did it for a reasonable price!

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  13. Pottery Barn just keeps encouraging us to DIY, don't they?!? Yours is perfect. Love how the butterflies are on the wall, too.
    Cindy at Lakewood

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  14. This is so beautiful...and well worth the time to save all that cash! My friend has a similar one in her daughter's room that she purchased off of Etsy for $70 or $80 dollars! But PB's at $100 is pretty outrageous...although time is money! Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings, Grace

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  15. ooohhh! so cute! my daughter has a butterfly themed room and she would just love this to death!!!

    Now I just need a good reason to by myself a die cut cutter!

    Thanks for sharing! GREAT idea!

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  16. WOW! You did a fabulous job and I LOVE your idea of adding "matching" butterflies to the walls too!

    No one would ever think this is a 'knock off"..it's beautiful and you made it yourself, which makes it even MORE special! :)

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  17. How did you attach the butterflies to the wall?? I am doing something similar in my baby girls nursery and can't seem to figure out the best way to get them to stay on the wall

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  18. Hi Caitlin! I hope you are able to see my answer to your question. I didn't have an email address for you, so I couldn't respond directly.

    The butterflies on the wall were cut on a Sizzix with Wall Pops. You can also use contact paper. Both of them have a sticky back to them. Very easy. Good luck with your daughter's room. I would love to see what you do!
    Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. I'm happy to help! :D

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  19. Can you please email me the information on the sizzix die you used. Thank you thank you.

    Skibabe0202@aol.com

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  20. lovebug & lilbit's mommySeptember 2, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Fantastic! Did you use a special kind of paper or plain old printer paper?

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  21. About how many butterflies did you use? How did you string/ space them? I would love to make one of these for my baby due in a couple weeks so I'm trying to figure it out. Thanks!!
    natashaaaw@yahoo.com

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  22. You are so very clever! I've had this project on my back burner for a while because I wasn't sure what to do about the hanger! Thanks for posting.

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  23. Ok so now that I am going to be a Grandma for the first time!! I ask my little daughter in law what she wanted and she of course said the Pottery Barn Mobile. No problem I said ---But now it's no more and they aren't going to carry it anymore either. So I've poured over the internet looking at all kinds of knock off and low and behold Yours just beat all hands down.. By the way you have a beautiful blog as well. My questions are regarding the mobile. How many butterflies did you use, what size were they--since I will be cutting them out with my Silhouette. and How in the world did you figure out how to space them and how long to make the strings? By the way did I tell you how Beautiful It Was and yes, She will love it!
    a new MiMa to be in Utah Jules at tumorjules@yahoo.com

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