Ballard Knock off—$4 Newspaper Dress Art

 So when I saw this in the latest Ballard Design Catalog….

Theirs….$299 (OUCH!!!)
I fell a lil bit in LUURRRRVVVVEEEE…reminds me of Lassie…and how Timmy’s mom (always in a fabulous dress) and she always had a fresh chocolate cake when he came home from school…are you with me? Did you watch that? Or was that just me…ok…I digress…
So I made this….for $4 (cost of the canvas….free books, had the glue (rubber cement… and black paper…)
Mine $4…..BOOYAH!!!!
Here is how I did it…
Trace out on a sheet of poster board  (be sure it is the same size as your canvas you will be using) the dress design….I printed out the picture and used it as a guide…it is really basic shapes..don’t tell me you can’t draw this…if you break it down into pieces…I promise you can….doesn’t have to be perfect…

When you like your sketch….get your book out ( I had an old one sitting around…) and tear out a few pages….I started by tracing the arms onto the paper (if you used a piece of poster board you could just cut it out and use that for your template of pieces.)

Start with the arms…(do one, and then reverse it on another page and trace the opposite arm)

Then do the center…be sure the page writing goes at a slant…adds to the design

See how the center pages are at a slant…sorry, this is hard to explain ;)

Then I cut 4 pieces for the skirt out of the same book pages…
I used this old Heloise books….

For the other part of the skirt I used a newer book with whiter pages….

I used the book to hold the pages in place to trace a scallop design…then I cut them that shape.
I did the accent pieces by themselves…using black scrapbook paper and book pages without writing…( you will need 2 triangles for the collar, a center piece and black round buttons, and a belt with a center oval…)

For the center belt I just cut the center out…
I glued it down to the canvas with rubber cement (doesn’t wrinkle or warp…love that)

Oh so cute! I am LUURRRVVVEEE!!!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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42 thoughts on “Ballard Knock off—$4 Newspaper Dress Art

  1. Rebekah★All Thingz Related★

    When I saw this in the Ballard Designs catalog, I knew someone would attempt to make one and YOU did a fantastic job! I'll be sharing on the All Thingz Related FB page! Thanks so much for joining me at Anything Related!

  2. Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie

    It's awesome! And for $4? Brilliant!! Now, where is that fresh chocolate cake? :)

  3. Christina

    Ahhh so fun!! And you can't beat that pricetag! Love it!

    Thank you so much for linking up to "20 Below Thursday"! :) I really appreciate it!!

  4. Momma Button

    Just popped over from All Things Related. Total LURVE!! I just saw this today in the catalog….thanks for the tutorial! Now I can have one of my own!

  5. Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments

    I used this post for the feature this week on my sidebar, but I don't know how to get a direct link to it from your blog.

  6. Crafty Girls

    Totally LOVE this! Great job! I am going to do this for my sewing room! I might try to make my dress out of pattern pieces…I will let you know how it turns out!

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants

    When my sister in law saw this she about died and said she was going to make it. Now I can show her how! Great job!

  8. Anne

    That's so cute – yours looks exactly like the Ballard one! When I saw that in the catalog I knew it was just a matter of time before I saw one in blog-world. ;)


    I saw this picture this week and wondered which blogger would be the first to "remake" this one! Congratulations…you are it! You did a good job. I think this is too cute. I thought about making one as well. I like the idea of staining the canvas to make it all look a bit old.

  10. KJ@letsgoflyakite

    I don't really keep an eye on the Ballard Catalog, we don't have one in Canada, but I absolutely love this!

    -visiting via the Weekend Wrap Up

  11. Destination Seaborn

    When I saw this in Ballards I thought this would be perfect the gift for my mother. I knew if I waited long enough someone would make it. Awesome job and tutorial! I can't wait to try it. I'm coming over from knock off decor. Lisa

  12. Polly

    I saw this in Ballard and thought it was soooooo darn cute!! I love that you did it for $4! Now that is awesome!! It is fabulous! I love it!!

    Thanks for sharing the "how-to"!


  13. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home

    I lurrves it, too! I just saw that in their catalog and thought 'what a great piece to copy'. Go you! :)

  14. Cozy Home Scenes

    I've never seen the original before now, but both yours and it are so cute! Thanks for sharing how you made it. Amazing how they can get that kind of money for something that you taught everyone how to do on the cheap.

    By the way, I loved Lassie as a child too, in part because I had a dog (my was male like the dog who played Lassie. However, somehow my dog was never as smart as Lassie was.

  15. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma

    awesome knock off!

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice last week…hope to see you back this week…

  16. Erin @ Crafts and Sutch

    I showed you off over at Crafts & Sutch today! I hope you'll come by, take a peek, and grab a SUTCH an Inspiration button to add to your collection.

    Have a wonderful day!

  17. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage

    Great knock off!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!! Don't forget to put the button in your post or sidebar!

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