Growing up, I loved checking the mailbox. I couldn’t wait to see if a new issue of Highlights magazine arrived or if my grandma had sent me a letter. Rae and Rose now take turns checking the mailbox and I still have child-like excitement looking for “my” magazines to arrive: Southern Living and the Pottery Barn catalog. I think most items in the Pottery Barn catalog are over-priced, but I enjoy perusing for style inspiration.
I was recently looking at PotteryBarn.com and saw some wall art that I thought was beautiful, but I almost fell over when I saw the price. The Gold Leaf Bird is a 23″ square giclee print with hand-applied gold leaf with a selling pricing of $299. Ouch. I also liked the look of the Gold Leaf Feather that is 19.5″ x 34.5″, similarly a giclee print with hand-applied gold leaf. The Gold Leaf Feather retails for $399. Double ouch. I decided it was time for a Pottery Barn hack.
- Order black floating frames using Amazon prime. I selected a 12×12 for the bird and 11×14 for the feather.
- Use the Silhouette to cut birds on a limb and a feather on gold metallic vinyl by Expression Vinyl
- Cut white paper to be the background of each print. For my gold bird, I cut the paper as a 10×10 square to allow the floating frame to show through. I cut the second piece of paper as 11×14 to fill the frame of the feather.
- Apply the shiny gold vinyl stickers directly to the white paper. Place it in the frame.
- Sit back in satisfaction about how much money I just saved.
Yes, my prints are smaller than the original Pottery Barn inspiration, but for the price I can handle the slightly smaller size. I can’t wait to see what inspiration I find in the next catalog!