Pottery Barn Inspired Photo and Gretting Card Carousel

Hi friends!  There really is nothing better than a great knock-off, especially when it involves a photo display!  I fell in love with this Pottery Barn Old Fashioned Photo Carousel that my mom purchased!

Of course my mind started creating a knock-off because the thought of purchasing it is not an option;)

This is my versions for under $10!

and here is how I built it in 30 minutes!

I started with an 8′ 2×8 that I cut into two pieces.  One at 28″ and the other at 7 1/4″.  I also cut a scrap piece at 9″x9″.

I purchased this Lazy Susan hardware at Home Depot for under $5.  I found it on the lock isle FYI?

I didn’t use screws to install it.  I just attached it between the two bases with Gorilla Glue Epoxy.  I then used the Gorilla Glue Epoxy to attach the long 28″ piece directly in the center of the smaller base.

While I waited for the epoxy to dry, I hot glued 3 mini clothes pins (purchased at Hob Lob with a coupon for $1.50) to each side in the places I wanted to display photos, greeting cards and memos.

For the final building step, I predrilled a hole on top of the 28″ piece and then screwed one finial into it.  I purchased the finials at Lowe’s two for $3.

To finish it off, I spray painted it with my favorite cream color, distressed the edges with my 3M sanding block and followed up with a little Minwax Dark Walnut stain.

I added a few recent black and white pics and it was ready to show off!

I love that it swivels to show off both sides:)


I had plenty of board and supplies left over to make another one so I decided to make one as a gift for my friend’s daughter!  She turns 14 today so I had to put a teenage girl spin on it;)

I spray painted this one black, mod podged a little scrap-book paper on the small base and distressed it all over as well.  To glam it up a bit I hot glued a rhinestone on each clothes pin!  Those are my pics on display right now;) but I can’t wait for her to show off her own pics!

I love mine so much that I am going to be making these as gifts for the upcoming Holiday season!  I’m thinking this would make a great Christmas Card display or even a memo holder as well!  (Teacher’s gifts anyone???!!!) For about $10 I was able to make one for myself and one as a gift and I still have supplies left over!  Cha-Ching:)

Thanks so much for stopping by!






  1. Kris on November 13, 2013 at 9:19 am

    How did you distress your edges with the stain?
    Also, is the very bottom base from the wood you specified in the instructions or was it scrap from something else?
    Thanks, super cute!!

  2. Diana on November 4, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Super Cute… I love DIY projects… Come check out my blog 🙂

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