Queen Bee Basket

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.

Queen Bee Basket ~ Ballard Designs Knockoff cupcakesandcrinoline.com

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.

Queen Bee Basket ~ Ballard Designs Knockoff cupcakesandcrinoline.com

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 Machine

Cricut Cartridge Home Décor

Cricut Vinyl ~ white

Waverly Inspirations Chalk Paint in Pool and Celery (by Plaid)

Vintage Decor Paint Brush ~ Martha Stewart Crafts

Painter's Tape


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Make sure your surface is clean and prep if necessary.

Tape off any area that you want to remain the base color.

Queen Bee Basket ~ Ballard Designs Knockoff cupcakesandcrinoline.com

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!

Queen Bee Basket ~ Ballard Designs Knockoff cupcakesandcrinoline.com

So now for more Knock Off inspiration!

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  1. Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says:

    Very cute! XO

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Christy! hugs

  2. Tami @ Curb Alert! says:

    $79? Really? Wow! I love your version even better. Now looking around to check out some more of your bee decor!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Tami! 🙂

  3. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    Very sweet Mary Beth! I too am totally smitten with honey bees and bumble bees. They keep me company when I'm working hard at pulling weeds. [wink]

    1. Mary Beth says:

      My boys think I'm a little off....when the bees buzz around me while I'm gardening I don't even flinch and for some reason they think I should go running into the hills 😉 I'm trying to show them that there's nothing to be afraid of....hopefully, it will sink in soon.

      Thanks for stopping by ~ hugs, mb

  4. Julie {Lilacs & Longhorns} says:

    Your bee basket turned out fantastic! My mother-in-law collects bee things because her maiden name is McBee. You have inspired me to make her something like this for her birthday this fall!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Julie! That's so cute that your MIL likes bees ~ and with her maiden name I certainly don't blame her. 🙂

  5. Jamie | anderson + grant says:

    So much better than paying $79!!!! Great job!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Jamie! I agree....$79 is a lot of cash for a basket....unless it was filled with chocolate and coffee...then, I might consider it. 😉 have a lovely week ~ hugs

  6. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says:

    That is SO pretty Mary Beth!! I love yours so much better!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Nancy! 🙂 hugs

  7. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says:

    Ooh. I love the new color of the basket. And the bee is so cute! I have that same basket and now I think I need to paint mine too! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Angie! I love basic baskets...you can do so much with them. I'll bet yours turns out beautifully.

  8. Mary Beth that is beautiful! I so want one for my house!! You did a fantastic job 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You're so sweet, Dria! Thanks for the encouragement.

      hugs, mb

  9. This came out so great. I love how easy this project is to make. Great Knock off.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Vanessa, and yes...if it were any easier it would have made itself...which would be nice! 😉

  10. Super pretty, Mary Beth! I love the color you painted the basket and more than that-- the BEE! So cute!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Malia! I love that bee, too. 🙂 hugs