I love bees! There is something about them that I've always liked not only in nature but in decor. I've implemented 'bee design' in some of my decor over the years ~ like this Honeycomb Pitcher ~ and it's always been a favorite in my sun room.
Some blogger friends are always inspiring me with their "Knock Off" posts and this time I joined in.
My inspiration was this Queen Bee Basket from Ballard Designs. This one retails for $79.00 but I made mine for free.
I already had a basket ~ I used this one for my bedroom when my youngest son was a baby to hold diapers and wipes for midnight changes and since he is now 10 (sniffle) I have just been using this basket for magazines and notebooks.
I already had chalk paints to change the color and I used my Cricut to cut out a vinyl bee and crown. I tried to stencil one but let's just say it's a good thing I had extra paint....I needed to paint over my feeble gold stencil attempt...it was sad to say the least!
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Cricut Cartridge Home Décor
Cricut Vinyl ~ white
Waverly Inspirations Chalk Paint in Pool and Celery (by Plaid)
Vintage Decor Paint Brush ~ Martha Stewart Crafts
Make sure your surface is clean and prep if necessary.
Tape off any area that you want to remain the base color.
For my basket the Pool was a little too baby blue-ish so I mixed it with the Celery in about a 6:1 ratio.
Paint basket with two coats of the color of your choice allowing to dry approximately 2 hours between coats.
Cut the bee and crown sizing as appropriate for your basket. I may redo this part and try my hand again at the stencil but for now there is a bee with a crown on my basket!
So now for more Knock Off inspiration!