Last week I shared my mantel with you. You may have noticed these wooden spheres. This is a little project we are working on for Josh and Sarah’s wedding. The wedding ceremony and reception are being held in what was once a cigar factory that has been turned into a gorgeous event venue. We are going to be using these wooden spheres throughout the space to bring a bit of industrial to the otherwise romantic Fall decor for the day.
These spheres are pretty popular right now. This is a photo of the veneer spheres sold at West Elm.
I saw the smaller one recently at the Pottery Barn Outlet for $12.99 – I’m not sure what the price is normally. If you were only buying one – $12.99 is a pretty good price. But we want to use a lot of these – for table displays and even to hang. So, I set to work to find a way to get the look for less. With very little effort, I found several tutorials for making wood spheres from inexpensive wood embroidery hoops.
Here’s what you will need to make some yourself.
2 wood embroidery hoops that are the same size.
Wood Stain – I used Thompson’s Waterseal Exterior Wood Stain in Traditional Brown.
I found it much quicker and easier to use the kind in the spray can.
- Photo 1. Your supplies needed.
- Photo 2. Separate the embroidery hoops into four pieces. Take the two inner hoops (the ones without the screws) and put one around the other as shown.
- Photo 3. Take another hoop (one with the screw) and add it to the others – space them out evenly. Try to place the screw section in the middle of your sphere ball.
- Photo 4. With all three connected hoops standing up and down (like in photo #3), bring the remaining hoop with the screw down and around the others (like a belt around your waist). Overlap the screw from this one hoop placed horizontally with the one you placed vertically in the previous step.
- Once all your hoops are placed where you want them, add a touch of glue to a few intersecting spots to keep the sphere secure.
- Tie a piece of twine to your finished sphere and take outside. Hang the sphere from a tree limb or clothes line and spray with wood stain. Let dry for a few minutes and then use a cloth to wipe off any excess. (Tip: wear some inexpensive clear vinyl gloves to keep the stain off your hands! You can get these by the box at Home Depot or Lowes).
- Add thumb tacks to the intersecting areas.
Once you get the process down – they are really easy to make! And – they cost a whole lot less than the original West Elm inspiration!
Tomorrow, I’ll be back to announce the winner of the Mary & Martha Praise Tray and Mugs!