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!





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

  2. 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….

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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.

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


  7. 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?