The first Pinterest Challenge was such a success this summer, some of our favorite blogging ladies are doing it again! So of course, we took the challenge and ran with it. After looking at my pins, I landed on this one:
I love these wood spheres from West Elm. I don’t love their $16-$29 price tag. So, I made my own! I think they end up being about $3 a piece. Not too shabby if I do say so.
I’ve determined that I’m not very good at taking step-by-step photos, so after my materials shot, you’ll have to imagine what the process looks like!
Friday after work Adam and I took a trip to Lowe’s to get my supplies: wood veneer, wood glue, and brass fasteners (I found these at Staples). The grand total for supplies was $11. Not bad—especially since I got enough to make more than one! I had to ask where the veneer was. It’s back by the lumber and it comes in different sizes and finishes. I went with the 3/4″ birch.
The only other thing I needed was an awl (or as I call it, a “poker”). I cut 8 strips of veneer, each 21 inches long. The back side is covered with glue that melts when you iron it. Put two back sides together and iron. I left a little overlap on the ends, so I could stick them together in a circle, so I didn’t even need the wood glue!
After each pair was ironed together, I bent it into a circle. It’s important to do this while it’s still warm from the iron so the wood is flexible. Otherwise it gets brittle and can crack. (At this point I also decided that I’m not very patient when it comes to making things. My sphere is far from perfect, so don’t look too close!)
Once I had 4 circles, it was time to put them together with the fasteners. I carefully poked holes in the middle of strips with the awl. Then I lined up 3 of the rings, and put a fastener through all 3 of them. I repeated that on the other side. Then I slid the last ring around the outside of the sphere, and put a fastened it to each of the 6 strips. I hope that makes sense. I’ll try to do better at step-by-step photos next time!
Here’s one more picture for good measure. I’m not gonna lie, I kind of love the pale wood and the brass fasteners. I’ll admit, it’s not perfect, but I’d say it’s a pretty good replica. I’m going to make some more and experiment with different sizes. I even got some wood stain that I want to try. I’ll keep you posted!
Happy Pinning! What are the latest projects on your t0-do list?