DIY West Elm Sculptural Spheres

A while back I made a sphere from embroidery hoops.

I wasn't totally in love with it and it never stayed together with the little hands around here that like to touch.  I was thumbing through the newest West Elm catalog and saw these.  They're available in gold and silver.

I loved them so much more than the wooden ones.  I wanted to make one but I didn't feel like running to the craft store so I used what I had, the red embroidery hoops.  I took it apart and started new.

I put three hoops together in the same shape as the West Elm version.  I had to use tape to hold the outer hoop together.

Using paper mache, I began to add layers of paper.

Once it dried, I sprayed it with black spray paint.  After the spray paint was dry, I gave it a good coat of silver craft paint.  It gives it a metallic look.  The West Elm version has rounder edges but I still like mine.

I've been switching out all my DIY pieces on this table.  The urchin was here before but it's been moved.

The more I look at this table, the more I realize I need to get some home decor books on display.

I like that I can add hand made pieces to the table for a fraction of the price as store bought.

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  1. Your sphere looks great!!!
    Stopped ny from the DIY'ers and following you on Bloglovin and Pinterest :)

  2. This is an amazing knock off....I really want to try this! Thanks for the tutorial, and I love that you used what you have. No urchins here....but I suppose the feline variety will also cause some problems around Sweetwater!

  3. wow, I love this! What a super great idea, it looks fabulous!

  4. Wow, these turned out so great. Just like West Elm's originals, too! I'd love for you to link up at our party and share with everyone!


  5. How fabulous is this. I love it and yours looks just perfect. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. I love this! I have seen a few tutorials about making these but not with the texture of the paper mache. Looks so authentic! Found you on Lump it or link it. Pinning!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic project on The Inspiration Board at homework. I featured you in the spotlight!
    carolyn ~ homework

  8. Wanted to let you know I am featuring this awesome project tomorrow morning at my Link It or Lump It party. Be sure to stop by and grab a feature button!

    Amy @

  9. Holy Flip! I love this!! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. Such a great idea!

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

  11. I love how this turned out! It looks even better than the first ones you did (which I thought looked really great!). But I love how much thicker this one looks, which makes it more similar to the West Elm version, and I love the metallic color. Great job!

  12. This one is going into the "things I will do" category. It is a teenager appropriate too so I might talk someone else into making one for me.
    As for the decorating books, why not put a stack of kids books on the table? The kids usually have more stuff and the house reflects that there are kids and adults living and sharing in the space.


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