Inspired by DIY–Pottery Barn

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.)

Inspired By DIY- Pottery Barn

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.

Wood craft supplies to make a sculpture using an embroidery hoop.Large Embroidery Hoop/ Small Embroidery Hoop/ Wooden Dowel/ Base Pieces (similar)

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.

DIY ring sculpture inspired by Pottery Barn

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.)

DIY inspired by Pottery Barn using embroidery hoop

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.

dowel in base

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.

DIY sculpture inspired by Pottery Barn and made with an embroidery hoop

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:

Pottery Barn inspired sculpture made with an embroidery loop and a wooden dowel

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.

Inspired by DIY Pottery Barn

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.)

Affordable DIY sculpture made with an embroidery hoop.

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

Pretty Practical HomePMQ for TwoIris Nacole Suburban B*tches 

This is Our BlissUp To Date InteriorsMonica Wants ItMaggie Overby Studios

I’ll be back tomorrow to celebrate Christmas in July with some holiday lovin’ friends. Thanks so much for stopping by!

18 thoughts on “Inspired by DIY–Pottery Barn

  1. This is GREAT! Looks very refined, not like a DIY, and I like the part where it provides interest without competing with the art, genius! AND, I got your other use for the outer hoop, DIY legend Mandi Gubler from Vintage Revivals has a DIY tutorial on her site using those outer rings to make a modern looking freaking LIGHT FIXTURE! So there you go…. thanks for sharing this fabulous inexpensive DIY!

    1. Hey, Julie! Yes, I’ve seen those light fixtures–so cool! I saw where someone used the teeny tiny ones as drapery rings since you can stain them or paint them. I thought that was very clever. Thanks for the kind words about this DIY–I’m so excited about how it turned out! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jess! I really am happy with how it looks–an unexpected success for me. Can’t wait until next month–thanks again for hosting, and your site is looking great! 🙂

    1. I feel like we’re missing out on something really great. The fans are very enthusiastic, so I’m going to borrow my daughter’s copy and start reading. You’ll laugh when you google the game–my craft looks just like it!

    1. Thank you! This is the first DIY where I thought it was a project worth recreating. It’s a versatile piece and can easily be customized by size and color. Who doesn’t want an affordable tchotchke for the bookcase?!

    1. Aww, thanks! 🙂 I’m glad I made the last-minute project switch. I bet the wine trough would have been a hot mess, as per usual. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I’m never willing to invest too much in my crafting exploits because I never know what the end result is going to be. This time I can call a win!

  2. I love it! Quidditch?! Normally I’m the first to throw a Harry Potter reference hahaha
    Looks great though, smart thinking with the wood hoop!

    1. Thanks, Ariel! Is it ok to admit I’ve never seen the movies or read the books? I had to look it up after Monica mentioned it and I was like, yes, it absolutely looks like that! Pretty jazzed that the hoop plan worked out–I was nervous that it would fall apart.

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