Monday, June 6, 2011

Pottery Barn Inspired Place Mats

Ever since I saw these seashell chargers at Pottery Barn,

I knew I wanted to make something like them...only problem is that I think these are really impractical for a family with children.  I can just see myself scrubbing spaghetti sauce off of those shells!

At a yard sale, a few weeks back I came across these grody place mats, $0.50 for four:

Totally gross, I know...but look what a little Hydrangea craft paint mixed with a little water can do:

The Dollar Tree is selling these great little bowls of assorted shells:

I also had some of their Cobalt Blue Sea Glass leftover from another project, so out comes the glue gun for some seashore fun!

I left the bottoms of the place mats empty so they'd be more practical to actually use!  Here they are in my Dining Room, bringing a bit of the Summer & Sea to my home:

One more time...BEFORE & AFTER

The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Four Pottery Barn Inspired Place Mats (Mats $0.50, Shells & Glass $2.00)

Total Fake-It Cost:  $2.50

Compare to Pottery Barn Shell Chargers (Sale! $21.00 each...Are they nuts???)

Total Fake-It Savings:  $81.50

**If you liked this, check out my other Crafts!**


  1. these are beautiful I love them!

  2. Love your placemat. Beautiful.

    And love that you shared your creation with our readers this week too.

    Thanks for linking up at Nothing But Country Creative Creations Tuesday. You rock!!

  3. These are so cute! A very unique idea that help you create a neat table.

    I keep running across your blog during link parties and have finally signed up to be a follower. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  4. great job! they turned out super cute! I found your blog through a link party and love it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  5. This totally turned out so cute! Love it! Thank you for joining Thrifty Things Friday party. have a fun weekend!

  6. So very cute and beachy!! Thanks!

  7. Great makeover - and I think yours are a bit more practical the PBs!!

  8. Super fun and beachy!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  9. Very nice. They turned out great. I'm following you from Fingerprints on the Fridge. Would love to have you link this up at my {wow me} wednesday link up party going on over on my blog right now. :)


  10. Ok, you may want to smack me, but how do you stop the spaghetti sauce from getting on the shells (switch out the place-mats at dinner time?) I'm just responding from a messy person's point of view. :)


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