West Elm Inspired Orb

Posted by Meghan Quinones

When I spied the metal orb at West Elm, I knew I had to have it. Well, after I picked it up and looked at the price tag, I slowly placed it back on the table where I found it. Being on a tight budget right now, I knew I could not justify the purchase. So, I decided to make my own version!

The West Elm orb is metal. Since I knew I was not going to be creating an actual metal piece, I wanted to try and come up with something that looked like metal. I have to admit, I am pretty excited about my workaround! I used two wooden Darice Embroidery Hoops to create the shape of my orb, DAS Clay to create the texture, and silver paint for the metallic color! I think my version looks pretty good and cost SO much less than the West Elm version!

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 Darice Embroidery Hoops (7 inches)
  • DAS Air Drying Clay
  • DecoArt Shimmering Silver Metallic Paint
  • Paint Brush

Let's get crafty!

Remove the centers from your embroidery hoops. Then, place one inside of the other.

Take one of the outer embroidery hoops and place it around the outside of the two hoops.

Begin wrapping clay around your hoops. Use your hands to move the clay so it covers the top and the bottom of your hoops.

Cover the areas that cross with clay. Once your hoops are completely covered in clay, wet your fingers and go over your clay, smoothing it out. Let your clay dry.

Once your clay is completely dry, paint the inside with your silver paint.

Paint the outside of your orb. Let your paint dry and you are finished!

Via West Elm