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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Supplies:

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

Instructions:

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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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