Ballard Designs Knockoff Clam Shell Planter

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I have been Oohing and Aahing,  actually Coveting the
Faux Giant Clam Shell Planter
 I’ve seen on the web.  Have you seen how much they are? $100 and more! 
(no thank you!) 
 Here’s my version and I think I knocked it off pretty well!

Can you guess what I made it out of?

Ballard Designs Inspired Faux Giant Clam Shell Planter.  A great high-end knockoff for a fraction of the price!  via Curb Alert! Blog
Like I mentioned, Ballard Design’s carries these amazing Faux Giant Shell Planters for $129

, yes $129!

Ugggh…I just cannot spend that!
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Doesn’t it look pretty with the succulents? $ 1 2 9 !!!  OUCH!
My favorite is Jennifer’s over at Dimples and Tangles.  I love how elegant her orchid looks in the clam shell and have been on the lookout for my own ever since.  She got hers from Ballard’s Backroom for a smokin’ hot deal! 
Well I’m never that lucky so I had to rack my brain a bit and improvise! 
Again, $129…OUCH!
I started out with this Plastic Clam Shell that I found for 99cents at Goodwill.  I have seen them used as a soap display in bathrooms.  We used ours as a chip bowl at our Luau – yes we are classy entertainers! 
Ballard Designs Inspired Faux Giant Clam Shell Planter out of a plastic shell bowl.  A great high-end knockoff for a fraction of the price!  via Curb Alert! Blog
Pretty in orange, isn’t it?  If you are not in the mood for Goodwill, you can orders your very own online at Amazon:

                                                                  

I contemplated different ways to make it look more like a shell and decided to use Rustoleum Stone Texture Spray Paint.   I have used it before on my Outdoor Planters and Outdoor Garden Urn and love the texture!
You can also grab some from Amazon.com or your local hardware store.

 

Ballard Designs Inspired Faux Giant Clam Shell Planter transformed by using Rusto-oleum stone texture spray paint.  A great high-end knockoff for a fraction of the price!  via Curb Alert! Blog
I ended up using the darker speckled color as the white stone didn’t show up very well. 
Ballard Designs Inspired Faux Giant Clam Shell Planter transformed by using Rusto-oleum stone texture spray paint.  A great high-end knockoff for a fraction of the price!  via Curb Alert! Blog

I am super pleased with the results and excited that it dried in less than a few hours.

Ballard Designs Inspired Faux Giant Clam Shell Planter transformed by using Rusto-oleum stone texture spray paint on a plastic shell bowl.  A great high-end knockoff for a fraction of the price!  via Curb Alert! Blog

Ballard Designs Inspired Faux Giant Clam Shell Planter. A great high-end knockoff for a fraction of the price!  via Curb Alert! Blog

I purchased the orchid from our local nursery and planted it in the large clam shell.

I am in LOVE! and for less that $10 I think it looks stunning on my kitchen table!

Ballard Designs Inspired Faux Giant Clam Shell Planter. A great high-end knockoff for a fraction of the price!  via Curb Alert! Blog
If you don’t have a green thumb then maybe try this faux orchid version and it will look just as stunning!

I would LOVE it if you would PIN this image below!  Pretty Please!

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Here are some 
More Awesome KnockOffs!
right here at Curb Alert!
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my no sew version

And be sure to visit some of my other friends this week as they also create some amazing Knockoff versions of high-end decor! 
I just can’t get enough of those knockoffs, how about you?
So what do you think about my Giant Faux Clam Shell Planter? 
I’d love for you to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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26 Comments

  1. Wendi Wachtel

    Tami, you never dissapoint:) Love your creativity and talent. Now I'll have to add a clamshell bowl to my list of items I'm on the lookout for when thrifting!

  2. Angela Davis

    Yesss! You "knocked" this one out of the park! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Laura Kuhlmann

    This is gorgeous, Tami! Thanks for the tutorial too! Pinning!

  4. Our Family Inspired Home

    Such a creative alternative! It looks great!

  5. Jeanette Chaney

    What a great idea! I now going to add a giant plastic clam shell to my shopping list! I already have the paint. Thank you ~Jeanette

  6. Nellie Bellie

    Clever clever clever!! I didn't have any idea how you did that until I popped over!

  7. Http://whatmeeganmakes.com

    Oh! My goodness! You are so smart! Love love love your clam knock off! Thanks for sharing Tami.
    Pinned πŸ™‚

  8. Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog

    Tami! That is so cool! I never would have thought to turn a chip bowl into something that beautiful! Great job! Hope you're having a wonderful week!

    ~Abby =)

  9. Christy James

    I never could have reimagined that chip bowl as something so pretty!! You are so clever and I love the orchid in it! Well done πŸ™‚

  10. Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Wow, girl! Ballard actually brought those clam shells to Haven last year and I remember thinking how big and heavy they were! (We used one in a decor challenge.) You certainly did an awesome job with this knockoff- the spray looks perfect on it!

  11. Therese Feeman

    Your chip dip clam looks Marvelous now Tami! What a cool KnockOff! I love anything Ballard and your BIG shell is awesome.

  12. Kelley Wilson

    Tami, this is my first visit to your blog thanks to Meegan! This is GREAT! I love your sense of humor and can't wait to read more

  13. Paula@SweetPea

    I never would have thought to turn a clam chip bowl into a planter. I love this idea and am now going to be on the lookout for one when I'm thrifting.

  14. Rita Mireles

    HOLY SHIT! I know I shouldn't have cursed there but it had to be said! I was dying to find out what you did…I would have never guessed! You're brilliant!

  15. Audrey

    No one will ever know it is not the real thing … don't tell.
    Good job and smart move.
    Blessings.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  16. Maria Elena

    Love, love your planter! Gorgeous! You are so creative! Beautiful idea.

  17. Artsy Chicks Rule

    Oh my gosh. That is genius!! I love it!! Awesome job!!!

    Nancy

  18. Debbie Borthwick

    Amazing!! It looks every bit as good as Ballard's…for a fraction of the price. I've pinned, I'll be looking around to see what I can use this spray paint on!
    Saw you featured at Knock off Decor
    Debbie πŸ™‚

  19. Dria S

    This is absolutely amazing I never would have guessed that was a glass shell at first, LOVE this so much!!

  20. Michelle James

    Absolutely love this! The power of spray paint amazes me! I'm just starting in the world of Blogville and am so inspired by the talent of people like yourself. Michelle at ourcraftymom.blogspot.com

  21. Unknown

    I am so excited to try the clam shell bowl as I have two of them. I bought the spray and wonder if you used "Bleached Stone" spray paint ( shade) Rustoleum paint? Do you know the color of the paint that you used?
    Thank you.
    Janet

  22. Good Time Charlie

    Tami this is so cool!! I love that you got this for 99 cents and you used it for chip bowl. It looks much more elegant than the orange plastic, but we are equally classy here πŸ™‚

  23. One More Time Events

    Love this idea… it really turned out nice!

  24. Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence

    Great find and the spray paint worked wonders on it!

  25. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    This is the first time I've seen that spray paint used… and I'm blown away!! I'm so inspired. Thanks for the tip!!

  26. Katie Nathey

    I can't believe that clam was a dollar store find, you transformed it so beautifully! Like Amy I have never seen that spray paint used before either but love how it turned out! This is such a great knock off!

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