DIY Urchin Decor

Do you ever have one of those projects you've been meaning to try but it never seems to happen?  Well this is one of them.  I had be seeing these urchins pop up on walls and on coffee tables across the internet and they looked pretty interesting.  Interesting enough to say that I wanted one.  Well, me being me, I pinned a few and decided I wanted to try my own DIY version one day.

The day finally came when I was patient enough to sit down and get to it.  I had a bunch of foam balls in my stash and I bought a pack of wooden skewers.  I used the smallest ball I had which two and a half inches.  I used a sharp knife to cut the ball in half so my finished piece would sit flat on the table. 

Then the work started.  I started but cutting the skewers into three inch pieces and began inserting them into the ball.  I cut off the pointed side so the flat edge of the skewer would be the one displayed.  I started with an "x" in the center and worked my way around filling in the gaps.

I used some gold spray paint and did a few thin coats.

It's a cute little accent to the table and for minimum effort.  My five year old even wanted to make one.  Again, I am mixing metals using the gold urchin with my silver ball from West Elm.  I like to keep this table simple since I do have a five year old.  Little hands like to play with random objects that aren't toys. 

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  1. oooo i love this! I was thinking about doing it, I'll be sure to link back to you if/when i do :)

    Have a great one!

  2. Oh my goodness, Andrea...i'm in love! I have both foam balls & wooden skewers in my craft stash now! I have to try this. I love the versatility of maybe spray painting different colors too :) Thanks so much for sharing!

    xo Kylie @ Absolutely Arkansas

  3. That looks great, love it!
    Marie @

  4. i'm so making these tomorrow....well done.
    Bec x

  5. Love, love, love it! You did a fabulous job! Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two.

  6. Just wanted you to know that I loved this project so much, I featured it on The DIY'ers today!

  7. What a great knockoff! Pinning!
    Corey from TinySidekick

  8. So easy, but elegant...Like it much, thanks for sharing:)I'm your newest follower:)Hugs

  9. Love it! I think I already have everything to make on my project list :)

  10. Such a great project, Andrea! I am always eyeing this kind of decor when I go shopping, so thanks for inspiring me to make my own. :)

  11. thank you for posting! I want to do this and paint it black w red tings.. think I will leave the pointy part outward, so that it is sharp like the real thing. :-P


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