DIY veneer sphere

Pinterest Challenge: Veneer Sphere

by Andrea Cooley

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.

DIY veneer sphere

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!)

DIY veneer sphereOnce 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!
DIY veneer sphere

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!

Check out more Pinterest projects at House of Earnest, Young House Love, Bower Power, and Ana White!

Happy Pinning! What are the latest projects on your t0-do list?


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Andrea Cooley

  1. Wood + Geometric Shapes = cool

    You could imprison some thing in the middle.

  2. That’s so neat! I wonder if you could make it bigger and make it a light? That would look really cool too.

  3. Oh my gosh, that is brilliant to use veneer! I would have never thought to use that. Thanks for inspiring me!!

  4. LOVE it! I’m bookmarking this for future reference. Hmmm. Maybe I’ll PIN it instead. :)

  5. Love this. So great. I definately have a few spots where I need these. The supplies are on my list!

  6. I love it!!! I really like that you used veneer too! And you should give yourself more credit – they are just perfect :)

  7. This turned out lovely! What a great idea :)

  8. Oh I love this, I’m going to Pin it and then the process will just start all over again :-)

  9. I’m a sucker for West Elm and I love a good knock-off!

  10. Looks phenomenal! I’m fighting to urge to leave work and run to Lowe’s for supplies right now. I think I know what project I’ll be working on tonight! Awesome job.

  11. Thanks so much for your comment on my Nightstand Makeover. I love your project too and yes, remember me if you’re ever in town : )

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