Monday, August 30, 2010

Mini Skull Vase Fillers {a pb knock off}

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I know it is a little early for Halloween, but I am hosting a party this year so I have been working on a few projects to get ready.  I don’t know if you saw the Mini Skull Vase Fillers in the PB catalog, but I quite liked them.  So you can only imagine my excitement when I found these skulls at the dollar store! 

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I got a pack of like 8-10 for $1.  They were a little smaller and brighter than the PB ones, but very similar.  To tone down the whiteness I put the skulls, along with some brown acrylic paint and a little water in a Ziploc baggy.  I mixed them around and moved them about so they were coated with the paint and then let them dry on a paper towel. So very easy.

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I simply placed them in an apothecary jar with Spanish moss and finished it off with a rustic tag I stamped.  Who’d ever guess it only set me back a couple bucks?  And did you check out the price on PB’s?  Mmm Hm.

Thank you Pottery Barn.  Thank you dollar store.  Happy Halloween. ;)

Linking up …

Sawdust and Paper Scraps “Everything Halloween” Party!!

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30 comments:

  1. Yeah for your post!! I just went to the Dollar store this weekend and popped out with the exact same skulls and even the spanish moss!!! I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do with them -- but now I do!!! I just need to find a cool apothecary jar now.

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. This is so cool. I have a bunch of those skulls I bought for another project but didn't end up using. Hmmm. I might have to look for a cool apothecary jar!

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  3. What a fabulous idea! I've been bouncing things around my head for Halloween and this is a perfect project! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. That is awesome!! It looks just like the PB version!

    xoxo
    Jen

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  5. this is fun...for some reason thats all i've been thinking about...prob cause i have so much stuff in the closet for it:)

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  6. cute idea! I am going to have to check my dollar store too =)

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  7. Looks great! I did a knock off of their canvas skull print: http://www.polishthestars.com/2010/08/pb-skull-print-knockoff.html It's ridiculous how much they are charging for stuff that you will only have out for a few weeks out of the year!

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  8. girlfriend - I have the exact same thing going on over here! your's looks perfect. how smart of you to put some in with brown paint & water.

    it all looks just like PB. your pictures are incredible.
    thank you so much for linking this up with the FALL FESTIVAL! loved having you over.

    hey, how about you & HGTV & your wreath. AWESOME!

    HAPPY SEPTEMBER!
    kellie

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  9. Great knockoff idea...don't you love copying PB for only pennies. I am so ready for fall and Halloween decorating!

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  10. This is so cool!!! Thanks for the tip! I went today and found the same ones, can't wait to dress 'em up like yours:)

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  11. that's great! love the tip about the craft paint to age the skulls a bit. that's genius right there.

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  12. I LOVE IT! I used skulls last year for Halloween decor too... with a few PB inspired crows (found at craft store for a fraction of PB's) and bats silhouettes I made from MarthaStewarts templates. I posted pics today at RateMySpace - and to my surprise some people thought it was too creepy even for Halloween! lol I like yours with the added moss. Happy to have found you from a Fall Festival link party post...

    :D Lynda

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  13. Thanks so much for linking up. You already know I love this project! I'm inspired!

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  14. OMG! This is amazing... thinking I might need to make this myself!!! Thanks for inspiring me!

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  15. LOVE this! Thanks for the idea.

    And I couldn't help but think that the title of this post should have been "I'm a little a head of myself". LOL - Sorry, couldn't resist.

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  16. *Makes an immediate run for the Dollar Tree*

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  17. I just saw these on the PB website the other day, and thought it was so cool! I just added you to my blog list. I just love your ideas.

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  18. I'm spotlighting this on my blog in the morning. Thanks again for linking up. Hmm. I wonder if anyone knows how cool I think this is. {I see 4 comments from me. Good grief.}

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  19. Hi Krista,
    Love this! Just wanted to let you know I featured this today :)
    happy crafting!
    Linda

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  20. This is darling! I just featured a similar apothecary jar over on my site, but yours is oh so much cuter! Love the extra steps you took...

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  21. Can I copy this? I hope you show us more! Awesome gothic glamour. I picked up a lovely crow from the dollar store, named her Matilda and put her out front.
    Now I have a new excuse to head back and look for sculls and moss.
    ~Becki

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  22. I love this! Great dollar store decor!

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  23. This is so funny! I was linking my similar project when I spotted yours! I saw the same PB arrangement and remebered those $tree skulls. I think I may find a jar like yours to use the rest of my skulls and fill in my mantle. Heres the link to mine if you'd like to see: http://through-my-is.blogspot.com/2010/10/fall-fun-pottery-barn-look-alike.html

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  24. I love this project! I'm thinking of doing something similar myself. Thanks for linking up to my Halloween Party!

    - Megan
    www.polishthestars.com

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  25. I just featured your project! :) http://www.polishthestars.com/2010/10/halloween-party-features.html

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  26. I love this and have looked high and low to find mini-skulls. Anyone finding this season (2013)?

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