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Welcome to a brand new episode of ‘That Cost How Muuuuch?!”, the show where we take beautiful pieces from expensive stores and try to make them for a fraction of the price! Today we headed on over to West Elm to replicate some gorgeous home decor pieces!




  • Cedar Wood (one 1x4 and one 1x3 piece) - $9

  • Gold handles -  $4 (Cost estimated from Amazon 10 pack costing $16.99. This is where we got our handles from previous DIYs, but your local hardware store is likely to have something similar) 

  • Minwax Wood Stain (Early American) - $4.98


TOTAL: $21.56 (approx. without cost of tools)


The first item we are going to try and recreate today is this gorgeous wooden tray with gold handles. You can check out the original West Elm product here.

This tray retails for $60 USD, and we are MORE than confident that we can replicate it for so much cheaper. We started by heading to the hardware store to look for a wood that gives similar vibes to the West Elm tray. We decided to go with cedar, it looks very similar to the wood used and it wasn’t very expensive at all! We ended up taking a 1x4 and a 1x3 piece home, and it only cost us a total of $9!


Time to cut some wood. The corners of the original tray has flat edges instead of coming to a point, but we decided that the tray would look just as good as a rectangle and be much easier for everyone to replicate at home. We went ahead and cut out the pieces we needed. For the edges of the tray, we cut these wood pieces on an angle using a mitre box! This guy helps you get perfect and clean cut angles every time.

Once all of the pieces were cut out, we went ahead and sanded them all to give everything a nice and smooth finish.


The next step is to glue everything in place! We used wood glue to secure the pieces together, and some clamps and tape to hold it all in place while it dried.


We let it dry for about a half an hour, then removed the clamps and tape! This tray is pretty sturdy as is, but if you’re planning on carrying anything super heavy in this tray, we’d recommend nailing into the sides and bottom for extra support.

Once everything is done, give your project a final sand to make sure everything is looking smooth!

Next to add those gorgeous handles! We actually had some gold handles from previous DIYs that we picked up from Amazon (you can check them out here). These guys cost us $0 because we already had them lying around the office. We went ahead and attached them by drilling holes into the tray, and gluing the handles into the holes we made. Again, if you’re planning on carrying super heavy things, go ahead and screw them into the wood from the bottom of the tray.


Before we glued in the handles, we gave our whole tray a nice coat of stain. Finally, we used some construction adhesive to glue the handles into the tray!

Aaaand, omg. We’re done! We think this tray looks super similar to the West Elm version, and it only cost us $9, the cost of the wood!






TOTAL: $38.12 (price without tools)


Next, we’re going to be recreating this gold shade-less table lamp from West Elm! This thing retails for $50 USD, and we’re going to try and make it for much less! You can check out the original West Elm product here. 

Alright, the first step is to grab something that is a similar cylinder shape (we went with this round chip can). We also picked up a cord with a light bulb socket on one end, and this cord only cost us $11 CAD.


The first step is to cut out a hole that is big enough for your cord to feed through at the bottom of your can. Once your hole is cut, go ahead and feed the cord through, leaving the socket side at the top of the can. Once the cord is fed through, go ahead and tape up the hole at the bottom and the socket of the cord, just to protect it from getting any cement inside of it.


Time to mix up some cement! We are using quick set cement today. Go ahead and mix your cement with one part water and four parts cement. The texture should resemble peanut butter!

We went ahead and poured the cement into the mould, then adjusted the cord accordingly (adding more cement as needed to set the cord in place. Let your lamp dry according to package instructions.


Once dry, go ahead and use an exacto knife to peel back the chip can and release your lamp.


The final step is to make this thing GOLD! We picked up some gold sticker paper to achieve this. We started by sanding the top of the lamp to make it nice and smooth. Next, we cut out shapes that could go around the sides and top of the lamp out of the sticker paper and hot glued it into place.


We LOVE how this turned out, let’s take a look at them compared to one another! This lamp cost us a total of ____ to make, while the original cost us $50!!






TOTAL: $26.46 (price without tools)


For the final West Elm DIY, we are going to be tackling this incredible fish bowl terrarium! This guy cost us $70 USD at West Elm. You can check out the original West Elm product here! 

We started by grabbing a fish bowl that we had a previous plant living in. If you don’t already have a fish bowl, we are always seeing them kicking around the thrift store for next to nothing. The next thing you’ll need is some MDF. We, again, had some scrap MDF lying around the office which is PERFECT for this diy.

The next step is to create a template for the cross base pieces. The best way we found to measure the curve of the bowl was to trace it onto a piece of paper. Using the traced curve, we drew the rest of the desired shape and cut our template out!


Next, trace your template onto the MDF four times, making sure to flip the template over to create two full semi-circles. Cut the two full semi-circles out using a circular saw and a jigsaw. Don’t worry if your curves aren’t perfect, sandpaper is your best friend here.


Next is to make the two pieces fit together! We used a ruler to find the center of each piece, and cut out a small piece from the center of each piece, so that they fit together like a puzzle! We then decided to glue the two pieces together to keep the whole thing from wobbling too much.

The final step is to spray paint the whole thing gold! Pop the bowl into the base and you’re done! Let’s see how it compares! (Oh, and also… this cost us $0 to make. Woah.)


And that’s it! I think this episode is our fave “That Cost How Much?!” to date! We’re always looking for more places to add to this series, so shoot us a tweet and let us know what other places we should try and tackle next!

If you loved this blog post, go ahead and check out the video below! If you make any of these DIYs, go ahead and tag us on instagram using the hashtag #SorryGirlsSquad!

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