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Magazine Copy Cat


Copy Cat, oh I meant to say inspiration. I find inspiration everywhere. Whether it’s what someone’s wearing, a decorated space or one of my favorites, magazines or catalogs. Especially, Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, well you get the picture. Now Pinterest is all the rage and you better believe I’ll be putting my own spin on some of the stuff that I’ve been pinning!  You can follow me there too!

I’ve see a lot of jar painting lately:

(You can click on the photos to visit the place where I got them.)
My idea came from the cover of a magazine.  And when you see it, you’ll see why I was so intrigued.  Needless to say, I cleaned out my refrigerator and washed out some old jars.  Dripped regular craft paint around the top edge and watched it transform the glass.  It was truly almost magical.

We were in Sam’s last weekend and I had to do a double take!  This is what caught my attention:

I used jars, paint and faux flowers. (From my disorganized crafting area) To create this:

This was so much fun!  I really couldn’t believe the name of that new magazine!  Just when I thought there may not be any interest in reFreshing your style.  I see that and think, maybe it’s not such a bad idea to blog about.  It’s a great magazine and I can’t wait to see the next issue.  I hope there is one!
After the photo shoot, I put the painted jars on the mantle.  This is such a cheap recycle and great idea for fun decor.















Let’s look at that one more time:

It’s kind of like one those games where you circle what’s different!  But then, that would be everything!  What have been coping lately?  Leave me a comment, so I can come see!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Debbie’s Magazine Copy Cat Challenge @ Debbiedoosbloggingandblabbing




  1. These are awesome! My husband is wondering while I’m saving all the jars we use. He has no idea how many fabulous projects can come from those jars.

  2. Love it! Now following your Pinterest

  3. I must be behind- just reading this from June!
    I love this idea too! And you are so darn good at it!

  4. the turned out beautifully!

  5. Wonderful post. I merely stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that we have definitely enjoyed reading by means of your website posts. Any way I’ll be registering to your feed and that i hope you post once again soon.

  6. Thanks so much for linking — I guess it’s just me and you. I should have gone out and invited more people!

    Hugs, Kim

  7. I am totally floored! I can’t even tell which is the real magazine cover and I’ve seen it in person! You’ve done an awesome job!

  8. Good Morning Debbie…I wanted to let you know I featured this beautiful Magazine Copy Cat as part of my Friday Faves on my little bloggy today! If you get some time come and check it out! Thanks again for the wonderful inspiration and I hope you have a great weekend!


  9. Wow. I think you must surely take the prize. This is gorgeous and so creative! I have so many craft paints that need a rescue. I’m going to give this a try!

  10. You interpretation is almost the original. Great job!!

  11. Uh-mazing!!! I really did have to do a double take of your “magazine” cover…it’s so beautiful and your painted jars are awesome! So happy I spotted you from At the Picket Fence on FB just now…I am so very happy to be your newest follower 🙂


  12. Debbie!! This is so beyond fabulous Seriously I had to do a double take to see which was the inspiration and which was your creation. You are one talented lady my friend! Just a beautiful job.


  13. Your “copy-cat” was amazing. I loved the colors and just everything! I’m having fun at “Pinterest,” too. So much info and great ideas to glean.

  14. I love the mix of bright colors …it looks so cheerful and fresh! Great job 🙂

  15. Wow !! This is a cool and colorful idea…!!! I have been hunting for colored bottles – Instead I should try this !!!

  16. Thanks for visiting and for laughing along with me! Your copy cat challenge looks wonderful! I love all the bright colors. I honestly like your cover even better! Very cheerful!

  17. You rocked this challenge! I love what you did. The glass and flowers are so cheerful and happy! I am visiting from Debbiedoos.

  18. Wow! It’s hard to tell yours from the original. Wonderful job.

  19. That is truly amazing. I had to look at yours and theirs several times to see if it was indeed different. You are one great copier!

  20. Debbie!!!! You are just incredible! I seriously had to study your “magazine cover” to make sure I wasn’t reading it wrong because your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I think yours looks so much better than the original and I love how they look on your mantel. You have some serious talent, my friend and we are always so thrilled when you share it with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    P.S. Your blog looks FABULOUS!!!

  21. Visiting from Debbie’s Party and I’m your newest follower! Wow! What about finding that magazine that is so similar to your blog name. And I agree with a previous commenter-you did better than the magazine! I’ve never painted jars but since I’ve seen this, I’m going to do so soon.

  22. Oh dear, wow. That is amazing!! You did better than the magazine!! This is so cute!! Big bang for your buck!! 🙂

  23. I love it! Your magazine cover looks very real and you did a great job. Great photography.

  24. This is totally awesome. I love how you made yours look like a mag cover with your blog title too. How cute is that?
    And your headline about the 2 ideas per week if your not slacking had me hyisterical. So charming!

  25. Wow! Double take, I’ll say! They look like the same photo shoot!
    It is an interesting idea, I love glass and I love paint…

  26. This is truly a great project and did a fantastic job on your copy cat version!

  27. This is amazing! I could barely tell the difference between the two. Wow! Excellent photography, Debbie! What a cool theme for a party as well. 🙂


  28. Your jars turned out really good. I’ve always painted the outside of mine w/folk arty scenes, but never thought of painting the inside. I love how you styled it as a magazine cover. ~Michelle {I popped over from Debbiedoo’s}

  29. I love your painted jars and you did an amazing job of copying the original styling – flowers and all! I’m going to have to give that a try. What a cheap and cheerful way to decorate your mantel.

  30. Thanks Jo! I’m following you too!

  31. What a great copy!! How did you make it look like a magazine cover? That is too cool. Love the pained jars.

    • Kim, I took the picture the best I could to match and then I used Photoshop Elements (the cheap version of Photoshop) and added the text. Believe me I took a lot of pictures!! Thanks, Debbie

  32. Now this is sooo cute and sooo good on the copying. I just love this idea…
    xo bj

  33. I love your copy of this magazine cover. Great job and so bright and beautiful!

  34. Wow! Right on the mark! I had to really look to see which was which! Great job!

  35. Love it, love it, love it! Now I want to try it! Coming over from Debbiedoos!


  36. Of course, I love your painted jars…so adorable! But you really went the extra mile for this challenge by adding the text to your photo so that it looks SO MUCH like the real magazine cover. It doesn’t hurt that your blog name is so close. Thanks so much for sharing your project with us.

  37. Wow! amazing I think this is better than the original. That is a brilliant idea painting those jars, they look fabulous. You really knocked this out of the park.

  38. What a wonderful fun project. I like your’s even better. Even I think I can do this one. Haven’t seen that magazine before but will be keeping my eyes peeled for it.

  39. Thanks Debbie again for joining!

  40. Oh my gosh if there was a winner of this linky party and I got to pick…it would be you! This is incredible. Well done. Thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it. Have a great July 4th weekend!

  41. Well that photo IS inspiring, isn’t it? I’ve got so many jars & glass things I could do this with, and I just might!! My challenge would be always having fresh flowers to put in them. lol

  42. Deb!! I love the new digs!! On the jar painting…..I think you should try an “Orange & Blue” one…football season is coming up fast! 🙂

  43. So I’m new at this stuff.
    Did you just dump paint into the bottles and roll it around? Was it simple acryclic craft paint?

  44. Debbie,

    That is so cute! I need some ideas to add some color to my condo (especially in the bathrooms) I think I might try this. You could just go to a local Goodwill and find some unique looking bottles.

  45. Well I am thinking that was your lines of thinking to join the party:), I would love if you mentioned that, so that gals that come to visit you will know about it for friday. I copied mine from the very same magazine…did you see the garden one I just did on the wood? Well my one for Friday is out of this magazine too…I just love it. I love what you did too. I almost took this one, but decided I would use what I had already on hand. Can’t wait to see you.

  46. Wow, what a bang for a little bunch of bucks-or no bucks! You should enter this on Friday at http://www.debbie-debbiedoos.blogspot.com for her copy cat party.

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