I am so excited today to share a little project with you that was super easy, very inexpensive, and looks fantastic (if I do say so myself)! I was inspired by a few pictures I’d seen on Pinterest and thought I would give it a try. Now, for those of you that don’t know…I am not in any way, shape, or form a handy girl when it comes to tools so…DIY projects have to be easily accomplished with the simplest of tools, a hot glue gun, and/or a little paint otherwise, yeah…not gonna happen. This is one of those projects, people!! Hooray!!
This is my own version of a DIY Orb Lighting Fixture (umm…because I didn’t really understand the directions I saw online) and I made it very easy. Here’s what I bought:
- Two 14” wooden embroidery hoops ( you can get these at any hobby/art store)
- One 3/4” square dowel (also can be purchased at any hobby/art store)
- Martha Stewart Metallic Glaze Paint in Muscavado (purchased at Home Depot)
- Edison Bulb (also purchased at Home Depot)
I started by taking the embroidery hoops apart so there were four hoops total. Then I painted them with one coat of Martha Stewart Metallic Glaze Paint. It goes on thick and covers very well. I just used a regular small art paintbrush.
I let it dry overnight and then hot glued (you knew I was gonna use him sometime, right??) the hoops together in a crisscross pattern.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pics of the next couple of steps but here’s what I (or rather…the husband) did:
1. The tops of the outer hoops match the ¾” dowel, but the dowel needs to be cut down to be flush with the outer hoops. I just marked it with a pencil and used a hand saw to cut the dowel.
2. Drill a hole in the center of the cut dowel. I found it easiest to start with a ¼” bit and then widen that hole with a 9/32” bit, because that is what the light kit cord required.
3. Hot glue the tops of the outer hoops to the cut dowel, with the dowel being at the center.
4. Insert the inner hoops into the outer hoops and hot glue each point of contact.
5. As gingerly as possible drill through the cut dowel center through the newly added inner hoops.
6. Run the light cord through the hole and then hang it up.
And now, a brief message to the husband:
Thanks for typing that portion for me and for doing all the drilly stuff, Husby…I loooove you and your handy skills!
Please pardon that brief interruption…on to the finished product:
I’m super happy with it and I think it turned out great! And yes…the husband did all the drill work for me but hey…there’s a very high percentage of lefties that are injured every day by using righty tools (totally true…if ya don’t believe me, Google will confirm) and as a severely left-handed person, I couldn’t take the risk! 😉
The total project only cost me $45 which is way less than it would’ve cost me to buy one. And it only took a couple of nights to finish (mostly because I had to let the paint dry). That’s my kind of DIY project! 😉 Please let me know if you need any more instructions and I’ll be happy to help you as best I can. 🙂