Sometimes, it’s almost impossible to justify a splurge purchase.  For example, when Krista from While He Was Napping came across an $80 lantern at Crate and Barrel that she loved, she realized that it was the cost of nearly 2 months worth of diapers and just couldn’t bring herself to spend that kind of money on it.  Inspired by the lantern’s leaded glass design, she set out to replicate the look at a fraction of the cost.  Her version doesn’t have a top, but you could always add a decorative post topper to further copycat the C&B lantern; look for them in the decking section of the home improvement store.  [how to make a designer-inspired lantern]

Project estimate:

  • 4 picture frames, $4
  • Spray paint (optional), on hand or $1 and up
  • Glue. on hand
  • Vinyl, on hand or $1 and up

Total:  $4 and up