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As Halloween approaches, many people are on the hunt for spooky and festive decorations to spruce up their homes. However, some of these decorations can come with a hefty price tag. In this episode of “Can I Make It For Cheaper: Halloween Edition,” the host takes on the challenge of duping expensive Halloween decor for less.
The first item on the chopping block is an Anthropologie faux trailing wreath valued at $118 USD. While the wreath is currently sold out, the host is determined to recreate it for a fraction of the cost. Using a secondhand wreath from a thrift store and real juniper branches, the host creates a dark and elegant wreath that captures the spooky essence of Halloween. The total cost of the DIY project comes in at $42.87, saving the host a total of $117.
- The host takes on the challenge of duping expensive Halloween decor for less in a series called “Can I Make It For Cheaper: Halloween Edition.”
- The first item on the chopping block is an Anthropologie faux trailing wreath valued at $118 USD, which the host successfully recreates for a fraction of the cost using a secondhand wreath and real juniper branches.
- The total cost of the DIY project comes in at $42.87, saving the host a total of $117.
Can I Make It For Cheaper: Halloween Edition
In this episode of “Can I Make It For Cheaper,” the host is taking on Halloween decor. The goal is to create high-quality DIY versions of expensive Halloween pieces for one-third of the price. The first item on the list is a faux trailing wreath in black from Anthropologie, which is valued at $118 USD. The wreath is 24 inches in diameter and is made of faux greenery. The host is determined to create a high-quality dupe of this wreath using real juniper tree branches.
To make the wreath, the host starts with a secondhand wreath from a thrift store for $8.99. The wreath is the right size and provides a good base to work with. The host then sources real juniper tree branches to create the look of the original wreath. To achieve the trailing look, the host layers each piece of juniper branch and secures it to the wreath with black wire. The host also glues smaller off-cuts of juniper branches in specific places to create the downward trailing effect.
Once the wreath is complete, the host paints it with black matte paint to achieve the same dark, spooky look as the original Anthropologie wreath. The final cost of the DIY wreath, including all materials but not tools, is $42.87. This is a savings of $117 compared to the original Anthropologie wreath.
The next item on the list is a gold-dipped metal snake candle holder from West Elm. The candle holder is valued at $99 USD and is inspired by the Slytherin house from Harry Potter. The host is excited to recreate this piece because of its versatility and potential for use beyond Halloween decor.
To create the candle holder, the host starts with a large glass cylinder candle holder from a thrift store for $4. The host then uses epoxy sculpt to create the snake shape. The head of the snake is more challenging to create, but the host uses 18 gauge wire and foil to mold it into shape.
Once the snake is complete, the host paints it with gold spray paint to achieve the same look as the original West Elm candle holder. The final cost of the DIY snake candle holder, including all materials but not tools, is $32. This is a savings of $67 compared to the original West Elm candle holder.
Overall, the host successfully creates high-quality DIY versions of expensive Halloween decor items for a fraction of the cost.
Anthropologie Faux Trailing Wreath Dupe
To recreate the Anthropologie Faux Trailing Wreath, the following materials were needed:
- A secondhand wreath from a thrift store
- Juniper branches
- Black wire
- Super glue with an accelerator
- Black matte spray paint
Creating the Wreath
The wreath was created by layering juniper branches and securing them to the base wreath with black wire. To achieve the trailing look, smaller off cuts were glued into specific places. The wreath was then spray painted with black matte paint for a dark and spooky finish.
The Anthropologie Faux Trailing Wreath is valued at $118 USD, which is equivalent to $160 CAD. The DIY version of the wreath cost a total of $42.87, which means a total savings of $117.13.
Overall, the DIY version of the wreath was able to achieve the same spooky essence and vibe as the original, while being more cost-effective.
West Elm Gold Dipped Snake Candle Holder Dupe
For this DIY project, the materials needed are a large glass cylinder candle holder, epoxy sculpt, 18 gauge wire, tinfoil, glue, and accelerator.
Creating the Candle Holder
To start the project, the creator found a large glass cylinder candle holder at a thrift store for $49. Using epoxy sculpt, the creator sculpted a snake shape by mixing part A and part B together and wrapping it around the glass cylinder using tinfoil to map out the general body form and size. The head was more challenging, but the creator added more structure to the neck using 18 gauge wire and molded it into the neck shape. After adding the foil around it, the creator used glue and accelerator to keep it in place. However, the plan to simply sculpt around the tinfoil on the glass did not work, so the creator had to remove as much tinfoil on the glass as possible.
The West Elm Gold Dipped Snake Candle Holder is valued at $99 USD or $149 CAD. The DIY version of the candle holder cost a total of $16.50, including the cost of the materials used. This means that the creator saved $82.50 USD or $132.50 CAD by making it themselves.
Overall, the DIY version of the West Elm Gold Dipped Snake Candle Holder is a cheaper alternative that still carries the same elegance and style.