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 🙂

  3. lisa on October 23, 2011 at 3:30 am

    This is awesome!! I found you via ana-white! I recently received a bag of smalls clothespins from a Pick Your Plum mystery box and was trying to think of what to do with all of them…you solved my problem!! I could totally do some for Christmas gifts too!!

  4. Courtney on October 21, 2011 at 1:24 am

    This is totally awesome! I just love it! I would love if you would come link this up at the Thursday Crazy Cute link party today!

  5. Straderade on October 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Really like these! I think my wife and I might try making some of these and giving them as Christmas gifts.

    I do have a question though – can you explain in greater detail how you managed to get the distressed edges? I know you said you used a 3M sanding block and Minwax Dark Walnut stain but if you could explain your technique a little more that would be greatly appreciated.

    Also, maybe I missed it in the post, but did you cut the very bottom piece of wood from the 2×8 or elsewhere? It looks a bit thinner than the 2×8 piece you have on top of it.


  6. Ruth on October 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I love this idea!! It would make a great Christmas presents.
    Thanks for sharing it.
    I am having a giveaway on my blog, hope you can stop by.


  7. Allison on October 15, 2011 at 3:01 am

    totally love this idea! Never would have tried to create a knock off of something like this! I like your version so much better than the inspiration idea! would love it if you’d link up to WWWW and share this!!

  8. Melanie on October 15, 2011 at 2:59 am

    I love this idea! I’m featuring it on the blog tonight!


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  9. Cora Roberts on October 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I love your blog! I really like the curtains in the background of the picture. Where did you purchase at?

  10. Cassie on October 9, 2011 at 2:33 am

    OMG… I have been a follower for a while now… I am in love with this idea… along with many others on the website…. I can’t wait to do this for my home and diplay it….

  11. Christie on October 8, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I LOVE this! You are right, these are perfect for gifts!!!

  12. Jennie on October 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I love your blog! You have inspired me to become more crafty. I am hoping for a miter saw for Christmas this year so I can start making some of your creative projects! Thanks for all the ideas!

  13. MJ @ 517 Creations on October 8, 2011 at 1:08 am

    This is SO being crafted in our home this weekend….fabulous!

  14. Amy C on October 8, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I ab.sol.utely LOVE this!!! I like yours better than the PB one! This looks SO easy and cute. What a fun gift it could be for a grandparent too. Thank you for sharing, I’m totally pinning this! 🙂 Visiting from TT&J.
    Amy @ The Happy Scraps

  15. Sue on October 8, 2011 at 12:19 am

    This is awesome! I am going to do a Shanty2Chic knock off. I am pinning this one to my wood pin board for quick reference when I get time to make it. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Angela @ Our Family Journey on October 8, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I have had my eye on the Potterybarn photo carousel. Thanks for the idea and tutorial. Saw you on TT&J.


  17. Debi Sizemore on October 7, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I love this and gotta try to make a few!

  18. Missy on October 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    You have done it once again…you sisters rock! LOVE IT…pinned it on my ever growing list of “Things to Make”…How’s Whitney?

  19. Lesley on October 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    that is AWESOME! I love it. I know what my next project is going to be!

  20. brittany on October 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    so cute! i love it.

  21. Amber on October 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    These would make awesome gifts!!
    Thanks for the ideas!

  22. Jenn on October 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    So cute! I love all 3 pictures, but especially K’s! He is growing up so fast! 🙂

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