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So I don’t know about you guys, but I have been lusting over these jute wrapped Ballard Demijohns for forever.  I just love the textural look of all the little rope knots!  But with the mid-sized one at $59 and the large one at $129 – I have been forced to love them from afar.

Ballard Demijohn

But when I was cleaning out some stuff – I came across a roll of jute twine and a heavy weight vase.  And my curiosity got the best of me so I decided to try it out on my own.  I started by wrapping it once around the bottom of vase and tying it off. 

ballard vase knockoff - 2

Then I took it up to the top of the vase and wrapped it once there too.  Now – I had a bottom and top area to anchor off off as I did my crosses back and forth.

ballard vase knockoff- 1

I went up and down.  Around and around.  And at each cross of the twine – I knotted it.  And then tied it back to the top and bottom each time I got there.

Ballard Vase Knockoff - 3

At first, it went pretty quickly.  But as I got more and more layers on – it took longer and longer to tie off.  I did make sure as I went that I straightened out my lines and made sure they were tight!  I think it took me about 30-40 minutes to complete the whole thing.

Ballard Vase Knockoff - 4

So here is the finished project!  Not quite a demijohn – but I really like how it turned out!  And I think the rope work on it looks pretty close to my inspiration piece! 

Ballard Vase Knockoff - 5

I have some of my best girlfriends coming into town for a little girls weekend this weekend!  I think this vase with some fresh spring flowers will be just the thing to brighten up my dining room table! 

So what do you think?  Did I capture the style?

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37 frugal friends said ...

Unknown said... @ March 13, 2011 at 7:50 PM

I love this! Great job for giving it a try...this will be so much fun with some spring flowers!

One Cheap B*tch said... @ March 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Wow! That came out great! I love their twine fruits. I have some plastic fruits that I want to try my hand at with the twine. So far, I've not done too well with it but I'm willing to try it again!


Elizabeth @ Southern Comfort said... @ March 13, 2011 at 8:12 PM

that's incredible! great job Jess! I'm so going to have to copy cat you. Now, where did I put that vase and twine...

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said... @ March 13, 2011 at 8:24 PM

You are so clever. I have been wanting one of them also. You did a great job with your knots. It looks wonderful. Hugs, Marty

Miss Char said... @ March 13, 2011 at 8:36 PM

WOW....I mean WOW. That is a great knock off. Thanks for sharing.

Making It Work Mom said... @ March 13, 2011 at 8:47 PM

I think it looks great! Very Impressive!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said... @ March 13, 2011 at 10:18 PM

I think you knocked it right out of the park! I like your version even better without the big bulky knots that Ballards has.

Amanda said... @ March 13, 2011 at 10:32 PM

It looks great! I've been thinking about trying to do it too, but wasn't sure how to get the knots right. I'll definitely be looking back at this post when I get around to doing my knock-off. Great job!

SAS Interiors said... @ March 14, 2011 at 7:10 AM

It looks fabulous and a whole let less expensive! Great knock-off.

~Jenna, SAS Interiors

Alison Agnew said... @ March 14, 2011 at 7:11 AM

looks really good...you could certainly use this technique on other jars and jugs...thanks for sharing!


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Barbara Pilcher said... @ March 14, 2011 at 7:13 AM

Why didn't I think of that? Whenever I see those glass fishing floats, I crave them for decorating my garden, but don't want to pay the prices. Now I see how I can create the illusion on a shoestring. I'm off to find the appropriate bottles. I figure I can hide the bottle necks somehow. Ya think?

Thanks for another terrific idea.

Unknown said... @ March 14, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Great Idea! You did a great job. I saw a few 'demijohn' type bottles at Goodwill the other day. Didn't pick them up. Now I may have to go back and see if they are still there.

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said... @ March 14, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Great Job! I love how yours turned out.

Erin said... @ March 14, 2011 at 10:09 AM

I love this Jess, this is absolutely awesome and I have a couple of vases this would work wonderfully on, thanks for a great project!!!

Richmond Thrifter said... @ March 14, 2011 at 10:46 AM

LOVE IT! It look so much like the inspiration!

Jessica @ Sunny Tuesday said... @ March 14, 2011 at 2:07 PM

I love the vase! Very beachy!

Angie Holden said... @ March 14, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Stumbled you! :) I am going to have to try this! :)

Something Nice and Pretty said... @ March 14, 2011 at 4:01 PM

You sure captured it, I love it! I have to try it, it will look great with flowers in it. Be sure to take a picture of it so we can see.


Vintagesouthernlife said... @ March 14, 2011 at 5:51 PM

It looks great! I'm going to have to give this a try.

Angie Holden said... @ March 14, 2011 at 6:54 PM

You REALLY inspired me!! My version:


Gave you some linky love too! :)

Anonymous said... @ March 14, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Just found your blog through Thrifty Decor Chic. The job you did on that vase is fantastic!

Stacey said... @ March 14, 2011 at 10:54 PM

I actually like yours better than the Ballard ones! I have a very similar vase and the jute so this is getting bookmarked and put on my to-do list! Thanks for sharing!

Marilyn Holeman said... @ March 14, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Looks great, Jess!

Unknown said... @ March 15, 2011 at 8:49 AM

This is just so fabulous! Thanks for showing me how to do this :)

fafner said... @ March 15, 2011 at 9:04 AM

This is so cool! I always see things I can't afford and think "I could do that!" The difference between you and me is that I never actually get around to doing it. You're inspiring me to get better about it. It turned out awesome!

Lisa Nelsen-Woods said... @ March 15, 2011 at 10:40 AM

You definitely captured the style! This is a great spiff up for those generic florist vases that I have laying around. Yeah, my husband likes to send my flowers and I have a bunch of those vases. Life is tough sometimes :)

Ruth said... @ March 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM

It looks great. Thanks for sharing the idea.


Julie said... @ March 15, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Yes! I was just admiring those just the other day at Ballards!! (and wondered how I could replicate!)
Doesn't look though as easy to do as you made it though....can I handle?

Rachel said... @ March 15, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Love it!! I might make one of these for our beach themed bathroom! :)

Holly Lefevre said... @ March 15, 2011 at 11:38 PM

That is fantastic. You did an amazing job!

Mama Peck said... @ March 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Love this! In fact, I like yours better than your inspiration piece. Great job!

Anonymous said... @ March 20, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Love it! I'm bookmarking you so I can come back to try this myself. I can never just sit in front of the TV without doing something--I'll be able to finish 1 or 2 while watching American Idol :)

Completely Coastal said... @ March 22, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Very nautical (in my book)... and so neat!! Great job!!!!

Jena @ Involving Color and Home said... @ March 24, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Jess, I love how this turned out! Such a neat idea, and I like yours better than the store version. So glad I came across your blog. I'm a new follower.

Jessica @ Running With Scissors said... @ March 26, 2011 at 12:57 AM

LOve this! I've also been drooling over the BD demijohns, and have been thinking of how to copy the net look. Thanks for the tutorial! Will be trying to make my own!

gina said... @ April 6, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Great job. At first when I saw it I thought it was macrame (flash-back to the 70's)! I'm going to have to try this!

Extra! Extra! Blog All About It said... @ April 24, 2011 at 3:48 PM


This is such a great tutorial. I've been admiring, OK coveting, these from afar, too. I have the perfect large green bottle to do your technique on. You've made me one happy girl as I'll do this tonight.


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