12 Ways to Get a West Elm Look on a Budget
If your wallet can't keep up with your West Elm shopping addiction, gather your crafts supplies, unearth your toolbox, and follow these 12 DIY tutorials. You'll find a budget-friendly West Elm knock-off to suit your modern style with furniture, pillows, wall art, and mirrors.
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The perfect height for putting up your feet, this pouf was inspired by the Herringbone Wool Pouf. The materials are different—West Elm's was woven with wool and faux leather, while the blogger's was constructed using jute place mats—but the laid-back bohemian vibe remains the same. We love the white tassels that weren't found on the original.
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The beauty of see-through shelving is that it takes up very little visual space, so it's perfect for a small room. Ursula of Homemade by Carmona had her eye on West Elm's acrylic-sided shelf to display her daughter's treasures when she realized she could just as easily make a sleek and modern reproduction. To save even more money, the blogger purchased acrylic for the sides that was much thinner (but no less chic) than the original.
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Rustic Modern Entry Table
Although Katie of Little House of Four had fallen in love with a wooden West Elm console table, she saw the DIY potential in a less expensive HomeGoods piece. It didn't have quite the same modern-rustic vibe, so the handy blogger gave it a mini makeover using stain to enhance the natural wood grain and adding custom sheet metal drawer pulls and spray-painted corner brackets. While not an exact match, we think it's perfection against her white shiplap wall.
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Modern Plant Stand
If your goal is to surround yourself with greenery, you'll need some planters. Give your ceramic pots a midcentury modern touch by displaying them on these West Elm look-alike plant stands from Jess of The Rugged Rooster. And with the proper stain, you can use them inside or outside.
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Feather Wall Art
One of West Elm's more unique art offerings is a photograph of feathers printed on clear acrylic panels. We're partial to Iris's crafty interpretation featuring gilded feathers arranged between two panels of glass. This inexpensive beginner-level DIY can be customized to coordinate with almost any decor.
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Pallet Coffee Table
Custom pallet furniture is a growing trend, but we never would've guessed that Amy of DIY Candy used pallet wood to re-create this solid-looking Plank Coffee Table. Like the original, Amy's version also has a hollow interior—but hers cost a fraction of the West Elm price. Her visual tutorial includes a downloadable cut list so you can get to work right away building your own wood coffee table.
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Beaded Round Mirror
Products that have been painstakingly handcrafted usually come with a price tag that's, well, painful. A hand-beaded mirror from West Elm had that effect on Amy of Delineate Your Dwelling, so the skillful blogger decided to try her own hand at re-creating it. Smaller and more colorful than the original, her DIY mirror has the same global style and glamorous appeal as the original version.
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Monogram Dish Towel
Jeran of Oleander and Palm loved West Elm's modern oversize monograms, so she decided to re-create the look on a set of striped IKEA towels. Her three stencils were made using freezer paper and a Cricut machine, but you can also cut them out by hand with a crafts knife. These personalized dish towels would make an inexpensive yet thoughtful bridal shower or housewarming gift.
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Wood Tiled Dresser
We love when bloggers like Amanda and her husband, Corey, create knock-offs of modern furniture that incorporate their own personal styles. The duo's take on the Wood Tiled Dresser features a tall traditional dresser instead of a sleek three-drawer version. They hand-tiled the drawer fronts like the West Elm original but kept them flush to the front of the dresser to complement the silhouette of their antique find.
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Tissue Box Cover
Kristi Murphy wasn't in the market for a storage bin when she discovered West Elm's color-blocked containers, so she re-created the look to make something she did need. Using zigzag stitching to sew together black and gray felt, Kristi designed a modern tissue box cover worthy of placement on the furniture store's shelves.
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Inspired by a hand-beaded West Elm pillow, this dazzling knock-off by Rachael of This is our Bliss was also created by hand using Mod Podge and a hot-glue gun. To save time (and money), she added beads to only three sections instead of the entire pillow front. The result is just as glamorous as the original, yet delicate; this decorative no-sew pillow is not meant for lounging!
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Hanging Shell Planter
Air plants need cozy containers, and blogger Gina Michelle found inspiration for hers in West Elm's hanging shell planter. While the original was made of resin with woven rope, Gina chose an actual shell, giving her reproduction a more authentic coastal quality. As she explains in her DIY, the trick to not cracking the shell is to use a ball head drill bit with your power drill.
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