Ballard Designs Knockoff Clam Shell Planter

I have been oohing and aahing, (actually Coveting) the faux giant clam shell planter I’ve seen on the web (at Ballard Designs). Have you seen how much they are?

Here’s my version and I think I knocked it off pretty well! Can you guess what I made it out of?

Faux clam shell planter

Like I mentioned, Ballard Designs carries these amazing faux giant shell planters for $152. Yes, $152 (at the time I’m writing this, in January 2021!)

Ugggh…I just cannot spend that!

Faux clam shell planter by Ballard designs

Doesn’t it look pretty with the succulents? $ 152 !!! OUCH!

My favorite is Jennifer’s over at Dimples and Tangles. I love how elegant her orchid looks in the clamshell and have been on the lookout for my own ever since. She got hers from Ballard’s Backroom for a smokin’ hot deal!

shell planter made by dimples and tangles

Well, I’m never that lucky so I had to rack my brain a bit and improvise!

Again, $152? …OUCH!

How to Make Your Own Clam Shell Planter

I started out with this plastic clam shell that I found for 99 cents 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!

plastic clam shell container

Pretty in orange, isn’t it? If you are not in the mood for Goodwill, you can order your very own online at Amazon here or get it at your local store.

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!

paints I used

I ended up using the darker speckled color as the white stone didn’t show up very well.

just painted shell planter

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

plaastic shell drying after painting

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

orchid in faux shell planter

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

knockoff faux clam shell planter

If you don’t have a green thumb then maybe try one of these these faux orchids and it will look just as stunning!

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

More knockoffs you can copy 😉

Here are some more awesome knockoffs, right here at curb alert!

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!


26 thoughts on “Ballard Designs Knockoff Clam Shell Planter”

  1. 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!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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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