Good morning, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve done a good knock-off, so today I decided to bring you one from one of my fave stores: Anthropologie. I absolutely LOVE Anthro, but very rarely do I actually buy anything unless I have a giftcard or it’s on sale – it’s just too expensive! The kitchen supplies are usually pretty reasonably well-priced but well, everything else is not. I was perusing their website the other day and found this fun little home accessory: the Fable Forest Clock, or as I like to call it, the fox clock:
What a cute little fella! But his $40 (+tax) price tag is decidedly not cute. I thought he was such a quirky piece of home decor that I absolutely had to try to make him into an Anthropologie knock off. Let’s get started, yeah?
Anthropologie Knock Off Fox Clock Materials
– Foam Core board (I actually found foam core to be great for painting – the paint dries quickly so you can get projects done fast! )
– Acrylic paint in various shades of oranges, browns, and yellows
– Pencil for sketching outline
– Paintbrushes of various sizes and textures
The first thing I did was look at the original Anthropologie version and then took a pencil and lightly sketched the general shape of the fox and added some details. Right now, it kind of looks like a cat, but I promise, it’ll get better! If you aren’t confident in your freehanding skills, feel free to use the grid method to transfer the image over to your foam core.
For paint, it’s pretty subjective. I started with a base of orange paint, leaving white areas white for now. After I had the base layer down, I just looked at the picture and started adding brown and yellow patches where the original fox had them. I used my finger for blending at times. For sharper lines for the finer hair areas, use a brush with very little paint on it and lightly stroke or ‘dry brush’ over the area.
I did the white last to keep it from getting muddled with any of the paint colors and left the fine details like the eyes, nose and whiskers for very last. I used a very very fine tipped brush and did slow and careful strokes. It may look intimidating to do this kind of project, and admittedly, I was an art major in college, but if you are slow and careful, and especially if you use the grid method, I believe that you can do it, too! 🙂
And here’s the finished painting! It dried within minutes on the foam core, which is really nice. My fox is a bit chubbier and derpier than the original, but that’s what you get for freehanding. I still think he’s pretty cute!
Next to get a free floating shape I took a combo of my exacto craft knife and a pair of scissors and cut around the fox, leaving a little bit of white space around all the edges.
He’s looking classy all cut out and sitting regal! I have decided to name him Nigel 🙂
I followed the directions on the back of my clock kit by making a hole big enough for the mechanism to fit and then adding the hands in the correct order and snapping/screwing everything in place! Lookin’ good, Nigel!
And here is Nigel, sitting pretty in his new home in all his glory!
I really love how he turned out! It’s been a LOOOONGGGG time since I’ve painted anything, so it felt good to have a brush in hand again 🙂 I think he looks quite regal in his own corner near our dresser. He fits in with the woodland creature decor theme I seem to have running throughout the house here and there 🙂 I think He would also be fun in a kid’s room or in a cabin type setting!
What do you think of my Anthropologie knock off? Would you dare to attempt it?