Hi Everyone! I am so excited to share these wood orbs using embroidery hoops. I am not very crafty. Well, that’s not true. I like crafts, but I am a sloppy crafter. My craft projects will never be trending on Pinterest. And, I’m good with that. I know my strengths.
Sidenote: I love these shades of green.
Who knew an eBay purchase of embroidery hoops was my gateway to craft crack. I mean I just grabbed a hoop and thought of endless crafts I could attempt with one half or both halves of an embroidery hoop. Maybe attempt is too ambitious.. maybe just thoughts of endless crafts….
I knew I wanted to stain these. I took the lazy route and didn’t separate the hoops.
Do as I suggest, not as I d0.
Take a few minutes to detach the hoops, it makes a huge difference in time and quality. I used a foam brush and a small paintbrush to get around the metal fasteners. After I stained the embroidery hoops I decided it was harder to stain hoops than a piece of furniture. I came up with a different technique to stain the hoops for all you hoop enthusiasts out there. Here’s a peek into the process…
I instantly loved the difference the stain made to these wood Barbie size hula hoops. This craft project was headed in the right direction. I decided to make orbs because I liked the look of similar projects on Pinterest and orbs matched my decor style.
Orbs would also work well with our shelves on opposite ends of an updated fireplace.
I found inspiration when I saw these metal orbs at Target
How to make wood orbs
I wanted an easy way to attach the hoops, but finally committed to the power drill to drill pilot holes and then attach a small screw at the top and bottom of the orb. The wood is soft enough that with a little muscle you could secure both ends with a tack. I figured this out when my drill’s battery died mid-drill. #soclosetoamazing
I love the finished look of these wood orbs. The embroidery hoop’s stained wood finish added much-needed character to the shelves. I have a few more embroidery hoop orbs “in production.”
On a side note, I love the shadows created from the lighting above the orbs onto the white shelf.
I had so much fun with this project. I have a running loop of hoop ideas in my head. What have you made with an embroidery hoop?