Do It Yourself Decorating: Restoration Hardware-Inspired Leaf Sphere

Posted by Meghan Quinones
Time for do it yourself decorating! All you need is felt and a styrofoam ball to create this Restoration Hardware-inspired leaf sphere.

When it comes to home decor, I always love incorporating unique items into my home. It's fun to branch out from the standard candle and picture frame accents. Now, I'm not saying to lose these items all together (you still need these in your home, trust me!), I'm just saying to add different odds and ends to the grouping to make it more interesting. These items could be a cool clock you found at a flea market, maybe a shell you pick-up while on a recent vacation, or even a sculptural piece you grabbed from a rummage sale.

Since I am still on the hunt for cool objects to include in my home decor, I did a little searching to find some inspirational pieces. In my search, I came across these super cool Zinc Leaf Spheres from Restoration Hardware. What I loved about these spheres was the way mimicked a pineapple, or even an artichoke. You all know how much I love my pineapples! The Restoration Hardware spheres were made out of metal (which made them quite pricey!). I figured these looked easy enough to make, so I went on a mission to source the best supplies to make my very own leaf sphere!

After looking at the picture of my inspiration, it did not take me long to decided on felt and a styrofoam ball for my sphere. Instead of going with gray felt to match the Restoration Hardware sphere exactly, I went with yellow. I didn't really care if my sphere looked like metal or not, I just wanted it to stand out. I think the yellow did the trick! I also thought about pinching the centers of my leaves and sewing them together to achieve the same look as my inspiration, but that seemed a bit too time-consuming to me. So, I just went with my flat felt leaf. After I cut out my leaves (which took some time), all I did was glue them right to my styrofoam ball. My version cost less than $5! That's right, my sphere was about 1/13 the price of the Restoration Hardware sphere!

Here's what you'll need:

  • 8 Inch Styrofoam Ball
  • 7 Sheets of Felt
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Let's get crafty!

Draw a leaf shape onto your felt. Mine was about 2 and 1/4 inches long and 1 and 1/8 inches wide.

Cut our your leaf shape.

Use your leaf shape as your template to cut out additional leaves. You will need to cut quite a few. I cut about 5 and 1/2 sheets worth.

Begin gluing your felt leaves to the top center of your styrofoam ball. Continue overlapping your felt leaves.

Keep moving around and down your felt ball, moving towards the bottom.

Add 6 (or in my case 7 leaves) to the bottom of your ball in the same pattern as the top of your styrofoam ball.

Grab one sheet of your felt to create the base of your sphere. Cut your felt in half. Add glue to your felt, then fold it in half. Once again, add glue to your felt and fold it in half. Cut about 1 and 1/2 inches off the end of your felt. Add glue to one end of your felt. Then, glue the other end to it, creating a circle.

Add glue to the top of your felt circle and glue it to the bottom of your sphere. Once your glue is dry, your sphere is ready to be displayed! It is the perfect accent piece to add to a table, mantle or shelf!