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Ballard Design knock-off ~

Howdy friends!

I'm really excited to show you my little project this weekend.

I love Ballard Designs. I love every. single. thing. in their catalogs. The prices? Yeah, not so much! Their Spring catalog came in the mail recently and I got the idea for this next project from their pages. The price difference is staggering... I mean, staggering.

The Ballard Cork Boards

I saw these and knew I could make something just as gorgeous.

I got all my supplies at Joann's, even printed a 40% off coupon.

The cork boards were on sale for $7.49. I got 3 of them:

Then I got 3 yards of the dark brown burlap and 6 packages of decorative nails. Don't ask the store person for 'nailhead trim'... they won't know what you are talking about. The burlap was on sale for $2.99 a yard and the nails were $1.49 per pack. I went a little crazy at the store and got too much burlap and nails. Better to have too much than not enough! I really only used about 1 1/2 yards, if that.

I cut the burlap and used my trusty hot glue gun to secure it to the back:

These cork boards were mounted to cardboard. So, the nails just pushed right through. I didn't even need to hammer them into place. That also meant that if I didn't get one spaced just right, I could take it right out and place it again.

I made all 3 of these in 1 hour. No joke. The Ballard boards are sold for $89 each. Mine: $7.49 per board, $1.49 per pack of nails (1 pack per board), and a half yard of burlap per board $1.50... so mine were just under $11 each.

I love you Ballard... but, $89?!?!?! Really?!?!?

Another mind blower: The $89 cork boards are on backorder at Ballard. HELLO?!?!?

My own 'Ballard' inspiration boards! Hope you love them as much as I do!


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Ballard Design knock-off ~ + stuff