Hello friends. I hope you’re doing well. It’s midweek and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m looking forward to the weekend so we can continue to work in the yard. Hopefully the weather is going to cooperate.
But for today, I’m happy to be participating once again in the Seasons of Simplicity tour hosted by my sweet friend Krista. This week, we’re sharing summer DIY’s and I have an adorable Anthropologie gilded octopus knock off that will knock your socks off. lol . Just kidding. As a matter of fact, the copycat version doesn’t look exactly like the original but it’s still pretty cute.
I think it’s perfect for summer and it adds a little bit of bling to your decor.
Often times, when I’m creating a knock off , I forget to look at the inspiration photo and go off from memory and well, I guess my memory isn’t that great because it’s usually pretty different. Ha.
But how cute does this little guy look? BTW, that book is by my friend Kennesha and it’s the most beautiful book. The photography is incredible but the message is even better.
You can find the book HERE –
I made a video so you can see the process.
I love working with clay and I love the technique of using the gold leaf. I think it looks so realistic. As I type this and see the inspiration, I just realized I could have added brown paint to make it look more like the original, but I didn’t think of it until now. Of course !
What do you think? is this something you would ever try? Or would you rather just buy it?
Here are more amazing summer DIY’s from my friends. I hope you enjoy them.
Just click on the links below the images to be taken to their posts and see what they’re sharing today. I’m blown away by all the awesome summer DIY ideas!
5 Minute Dollar Store DIY Hit Wall at The Happy Housie
Anthro Octopus Knockoff at Craftberry Bush
Summer Activities Tree at The Handmade Home
Easy Ways to Bring Colour Into Your Home for Summer at Tatertots and Jello
Rustic Birdhouse Garden DIY Decor from the Dollar Store at The DIY Mommy
DIY Shell Planter Tutorial at Zevy Joy
Painted Wood Jewelry Dish at Paint Me Pink
DIY Beach Art on a Canvas at Shabbyfufu
DIY Concrete Vase at Place of My Taste
How to Dress Up Your Walls For Summer at My Sweet Savannah
DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Liberty Burlap Party Banner at She Gave it A Go
Campfire S’Mores Gift Basket Idea at Modern Glam
How to Paint a Concrete Patio at The Turquoise Home
DIY Hanging Garden Trellis at A Pretty Life
DIY Coastal Window Box at Finding Silver Pennies
DIY Rainbow Book Art at Life is a Party
DIY Tabletop Marshmallow Roaster at Sincerely, Marie Designs
How to Make a Sign the Easy Way at Confessions of a Serial DIYer
DIY Bird House at Seeking Lavender Lane
Simple Botanical Watercolour at Lemon Thistle
DIY S’mores Bar at Clean & Scentsible
I actually like yours better with the brighter gold. Great job! 👍🏻
Amanda Marie says
It turned out so beautifully! You’re brilliant! I actually like the paint and finish on yours better and you’d never know there’s only 6 legs 😉 Happy summer!
Christy James says
This is so pretty! I like your brighter version better! XO
What a great idea. Good job. Yes, I will try it.
Ashley Stringfellow says
So much fun Lucy! I love this cutie!
LaDonna Fasig says
OMG you are so talented! I love all your video’s and love seeing how you add and change things in your stunning home. I agree with Judy, I love your Octopus with his cute little face. I’m running out to get supplies this afternoon to make my own. 🙂
I would definitely give it a try if it turned out as cute as yours!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Lucy, this is just so sweet. I’d have to agree with someone else who said they like your version better. I do as well. Loved your video too. I miss hearing your voice. This is gonna sound so funny but I went out for Mexican with the boys last night and our waitress reminded me so much of you. I told her that as well, which maybe she thought was weird. Ha! Ha! Anyway, I love this project so much.
Jennifer Lifford says
This is amazing Lucy!! So talented!
What a darling little octopus!!! Thanks for the great idea about using the gold paint as glue for the gold leaf! Great tip!!! ♥
Milly Egan says
So clever Lucy, I agree with previous replies, your version of the octopus is my favourite too! x
Beverly Martib says
Licy the video was so great. Totally enjoyable and amazing,I always look forward to your new blog. Bev from the Treasure Coast of Florida – I have several of your pillows .
latest tips says
latest tips says
I agree with you.
So so cute, well done! I would certainly like to try something like that. Thanks for sharing.
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Lucy – so super cute! Question — how do you clean this when it gets dusty or dirty. I was wondering if you could make it so the octopus was removable for cleaning? Which $$ store did you find the glass. I have looked around here and can’t find or source. Just love this guy! Thanks. Penny
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