Knockout Knockoffs: Pretty DIYs Inspired By Anthropologie Decor

Can't afford to splurge on your favorite store's stylish home decor finds? Try these DIYs instead

Who doesn’t adore Anthropologie? The store’s eclectic, faux vintage whimsy is hard to resist. If you have the means to splurge on their awesome home goods, by all means, do. (We certainly would.). But if you’re crafty (or a crafty shopper), it’s possible to get the look for less. Here are some of our favorite DIYs to do just that.

Flowering Find

Flowering Find

Bloom-festooned vases make a stunning tabletop statement. The design- and art-focused blog Made by Girl offered up its own meticulous take on the store’s colorful ceramics.

To buy: Pretty Pansy Vase, $18 at

For more detailed information visit Made by Girl.

Made in the Shade

Made, the Shade

Anthropolgie’s Needlework Garden lampshade is a paragon of granny chic. Decor to Adore blogger Laura Ingalls Gunn fashioned her own unique version using stitched felt flowers, freehand cut petals, wool string and a glue gun.

To buy: Needlework Garden Lampshade, $128 at

For more detailed information visit Decor to Adore.

Write On

Write On

Sweet, petite Chalkboard Spice Jars are perennial fan favorites. Sarah Hearts blogger Sarah Khandjian created her own out of recycle-bin salsa jars, spray paint and chalkboard labels. 

To buy: Chalkboard Spice Jar, $10-$12 at

For more detailed information visit Sarah Hearts.

Petal Pusher

Petal Pusher

Each kimono-inspired Orimono Pillow is a one-of-a-kind creation. Mad Mim’s pretty, if less posh, version recreates the jewel-toned cushion using assorted pieces of scrap fabric and heat bond.

To buy: Orimono Pillow, $88 at

For more detailed information visit Mad Mim.

Fab Fixture

Fab Fixture /

Can’t afford a stunning, nearly $1,000 paper and metal rhododendron chandelier? You might find Heather Jennings’ version more up your alley. The Poppy Haus blogger whipped up her own sculptural fixture using cupcake liners with a depth-enhancing graphic print and a cheapo lighting cord from Ikea. Sweet.

To buy: Rhododendron Chandelier, $998 at

For more detailed information visit Poppy Haus.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Rows of hand-pleated rosettes lend a lush luxe touch to Anthropologie’s romantic quilt. If you’re willing to put in the time, Kojo Designs can show you how to twist and stitch jersey fabric into a natty, knotted knock-off.

To buy: Rosette Quilt, $58-$288 at

For more detailed information visit Kojo Designs.

Mimicked Mug

Mimicked Mug

How fortunate that Delighted Momma created a DIY version of Anthropologie’s Verdant Acres Mug, since the original is no longer available. Need an of-the-moment inspiration? Try twinning the store’s A Sissinghurst Castle Mug using DM’s hand-painting how to.

To buy: Sissinghurt Castle Mug, $15 at

For more detailed information visit Delighted Momma.

Tuft Stuff

Tuft Stuff

Grandin Road’s pretty-in-pastel Hailey Chair looks a lot like Anthropologie’s lovely, linen-upholstered Corrigan Chair—but you’d better sit down. At just $349, it costs less than a fourth of the Corrigan’s price.

To buy: Corrigan Chair, $1698-$2698 at

To buy: Hailey Tufted Chair, $349 at

Throw Down

Throw Down

Anthropologie’s luxurious, sheared Mongolian sheepskin throw costs a cool $798 -- which is why we’re so hot for Ikea’s $9.99 faux version. It’s super cozy and crazy cheap, plus PETA won’t come-a-knocking.

To buy: Luxe Fur Throw, $798 at

To buy: TEJN Faux Sheepskin, $9.99 at

Twinned Treatment

Twinned Treatment

Anthropologie’s ruffled Wandering Pleats curtains can cost more than $200 a panel. DIY Til We Die stitched together a similarly flouncy fantasy for less than 10 bucks’ worth of plain white bed sheets. You do the math.


To buy: Wandering Pleats Curtain, $148-$208 at

For more detailed information visit DIY Til We Die.

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Wire-backed metal shelving offers an edgy showcase for everything from tchotchkes to toys. World Market’s Thomas Cubby looks just as sleek and industrial chic as Anthroplogie’s Tundra Wall Cubby.

To buy: Tundra Wall Cubby, $498 at

To buy: Round Thomas Metal Cubby, $103.99 at

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