Hey, everyone! I sure missed you during my extended blogging break. After we returned from our vacation, Michael jetted off to Australia while I stayed behind to do a little client work paired with my usual domestic goddess responsibilities. Maybe someday I’ll travel the world, but this weekend I traveled to 6 Wal-Marts looking for 11 pairs of matching booty shorts for Paige’s cheer team. (Did you know I’m coaching this year? It’s obviously the end of days.)
Today is the 3rd Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time for another installment of Inspired by DIY, hosted by my talented friend Jess of Domicile 37. This month we’re taking our inspiration from Pottery Barn, a store known for its transitional-meets-traditional style and prohibitive shipping costs. (I only order from the “Free Shipping” category–true story.) I thought the Nickel Ring on a Stand (where’s the clever name, PB?) would be a fun project to recreate.
Sculptural objects like this are great on console tables, mantels, and bookshelves. They don’t compete with artwork and provide a touch of shine to your space. I went to Hobby Lobby to round up my supplies, which totaled $6.00.
The base pieces I purchased are 3″ x 9.5″ and come 2 to a pack for $1.99. (I don’t see them online but the ones I linked to are close to the same size.) Remove the inner ring of the embroidery hoop and find a use for the outer ring (and let me know what that other use is). Grab your drill and a piece of scrap wood so that you don’t drill into whatever surface you’re working on. It also helps prevent the wood from splintering as the drill goes all the way through the base.
You’ll want to select a drill bit that’s the same size or a tad smaller than your dowel to ensure a snug fit. Mark the midpoint on the base piece. A simple trick to finding the midpoint with just one measurement is to measure the diagonal and mark the half-way point. (Works every time.)
Now it’s time to cut your dowel. A handsaw works fine for something this small, and I cut two 5″ pieces from each end to ensure that I had two perfectly flat surfaces to attach my hoops to. Check to make sure your dowel fits snugly in the hole once you’re done cutting.
Remove the dowel and attach it to the base of the embroidery hoop with super glue. Make sure to hold the pieces firmly together for at least 2 minutes to ensure they stick.
I let the loop and dowel sit for about 15 minutes before I took them outside to spray paint. You can select any metallic shade you want. I went with gold because that’s what I had on hand. While that was drying, I painted both of the bases black. After everything dried, I pushed the dowel into the base and wound up with this:
Success! Then I got busy styling it the best I could seeing as we have no bookshelves and the living room isn’t ready for its close-up.
My friend Monica (see below) pointed out that I could use the decor to play Quidditch. Yes, you can absolutely do that, making this easy decor project both pretty and practical. (Enjoy it while you can, people. I’m about to rebrand.)
Speaking of blogging friends, now it’s time for me to send you off to see what the other talented ladies created. Let me know if anyone beats my $3.00 per object price tag, ok? #occassionallywinningatlife
I’ll be back tomorrow to celebrate Christmas in July with some holiday lovin’ friends. Thanks so much for stopping by!