Look for Less : Drink Station Inspired by Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs

It’s Look for Less day, y’all! Six other amazing bloggers and myself have accepted the challenge to create a high end look for a fraction of the cost. This is pretty much my favorite thing ever. I’m all about spending minimal amount of money for beautiful designs.

Look for Less Design ChallengeWith the Holidays quickly approaching {with the speed of a runaway train}, I decided to tackle a project that will add that little “sumthin-sumthin” to your Holiday events. I created a drink station, taking inspiration from Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn.

Drink Station inspired by Pottery Barn and Ballard DesignsI often find DIY inspiration while flipping through catalogues. I saw these drink tag labels from Ballard and that familiar thought of “Pshh…I could make that!” ran through my head. While these are not all that pricey at $15 for the set of 6, I knew I could achieve this look for less. Not only that, I could make several more than 6 … plus customize the labels. That’s what you call a win/win/win!

Ballard Designs BeverageTags

Ballard Design inspired Drink Tags - SuppliesI found a package of cutie balsa wood tags at Hobby Lobby for about 78 cents {with my 40% off coupon because, yes, I am that cheap}. They were a bit on the small side, but I had a light bulb moment that I’ll show you in a minute! I also found some larger tags from Michael’s for about 29 cents a piece, and I scooped up 12 of those. I already had the stain, poly, sharpies and twine {not pictured} on hand. So far we’re running at $4.26, y’all. Booyah!

To begin, start by sketching the type onto the wood first {unless you’re comfortable with jumping straight into Sharpie land}. I liked the font Ballard used on their version – sort of a scripty chalkboard style font – so I stuck with that. 

Ballard Designs inspired drink tags - Start by sketching your type onto the wood firstNow it’s time to put ink to these puppies. I found that the Sharpie pens worked best. The original style Sharpie bled a little too much. 

Ballard Designs inspired drink tags - use a Sharpie pen to write the labelI used the smaller tags from Hob Lob for my descriptive words. It’s very important to know if your tea is sweet or unsweet! Or that your punch is spiked. Here in the South, we like our tea sweet 98% of the time {unless you are my husband, or a Sweet-n-Low kinda lady}. 

LFL Oct sweet teaOnce your labels are written and the ink has dried, use a foam brush to paint on a coat or two of wood stain. The stain I used is Minwax’s Golden Pecan, and I used two coats. You can also add a coat of poly to make sure everything stays set.

Ballard Designs inspired drink tags - stain the wood in the color of your choice

Look for Less : Ballard Designs inspired Drink Tags

Look for Less : Ballard Designs inspired Drink TagsHang these cuties from a pitcher or drink dispenser with a little twine or baker’s string, and you’ve got yourself a party!

Ballard Design inspired drink label tagsI had a few naked tags leftover, so I gave them a coat of chalkboard paint. You can never go wrong with chalkboard tags!

Look for Less : Drink station inspired by Pottery Barn and Ballard DesignsI’ve been all aboard the mason jar train since…..forever. There were many a mason jar at our wedding. I’ve always loved this mason jar style drink dispenser from Pottery Barn, but I just could never stomach shelling out that many pennies for a drink dispenser. Especially after we spent too much on drink dispensers that didn’t work for our wedding. {I later heard that guests were scooping their drinks out of the top. Heaven help me.}. 

Pottery Barn mason jar style drink dispenserI found a very similar version at Bed Bath & Beyond for $25. If you use your 20% off coupon, that’s $20. Stack the $5 off coupon and you’re down to 15 bones. You can have a lovely drink dispenser for $55 less than the Pottery Barn version.

Now let’s put this whole thing together!

Grab some mason jars and fun paper straws {zinc lids from The Plaid Barn}……

Look for Less : Drink station inspired by Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs…Add different levels of height by using old books, tree slices, or pretty boxes to stack items on….

Look for Less : Drink station inspired by Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs…and a yummy beverage, and you will have an awesome drink station perfect for Thanksgiving dinner or your next party!

Look for Less : Drink station inspired by Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs

Look for Less : Drink station inspired by Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs

Look for Less : Drink station inspired by Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs

Look for Less : Drink station inspired by Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs

 I’ll post the recipe for this tasty drink soon! Until then, make sure you check out all of the other awesome Look for Less projects! These girls are amazingly talented! 

October Look for Less Challenge

West Elm Inspired Herringbone Floor Mirror – Kayla @ Home Coming / DIY “Wood” Bead Chandelier – Sarah@ Life on Virginia Street 

CB2 Knock Off Peace Wreath – Andrea @ Life.Love.Larson / Easy DIY Faux Pie Safe – Gracie @ Kitchen Table Art

Anthro Inspired TeePee Coasters – Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot / Board & Batten Shutters – Kylie @ Absolutely Arkansas

 Have a happy hump day!

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Look for Less : Drink Station inspired by Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs

 Drink Tags inspired by Ballard Designs