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This Orb Looks Store Bought but is Totally DIY – for Under $5!

Hobby Lobby is a bank-account-sucker-upper. I walk into that store and I want, I want, I want, I want, everrrrrything! They’ve recently opened up a new store right outside of Fort Stewart, where we are stationed in Georgia. I love it, and I hate it. If I don’t own every single thing in Hobby Lobby’s inventory then I will never be completely happy! That’s just how it is! I want to work there so I can turn every paycheck around and put it right back into the place that gave it to me. Plus, I’d get a store discount. Hmm… I wonder if they’re hiring!

For those reasons my husband has restricted the amount of times I am allowed to visit that store, although he hasn’t quite set a spending limit for me yet. HA! But I love and respect him so I’ve decided I will not go broke trying to decorate my house country chic. That’s what I keep telling myself, anyway. “I will not, I will not, I will not… oh hey – what’s that new fall collection I see over there!? No! Stay on track! I will not, I will not, I will not…”

That being said, I’ve decided to try and decorate my living room with a bunch of DIY projects that LOOK like I spent a lot of money on them. I mean, who doesn’t love a nice, simple craft that appears store-worthy!? I currently have a fascination with orb balls so that was first on my list of things to-do this month. And the absolute BEST part of this whole project is that it didn’t cost me more than $5!!!! Cha-ching! Plus, it looks fantabulous next to my aluminum windmill Hobby Lobby just had on sale… just sayin’… 😛

(In all seriousness, Hobby Lobby is a fantastic store and has great prices. I am in no way, shape, or form, demeaning it or trying to portray a poor image of it. This blog is all in fun!)

In order to whip one of these DIY Orbs up, this is all that you’ll need!

  • 2 embroidery hoops, same size
  • A brown paint or wood stain
  • Paintbrush


Step 1) Separate the embroidery hoops and paint each piece. (You should have 4 pieces from 2 hoops.)


Step 2) Criss-cross the 2 inside hoops that do not have the metal attachment on them (as shown in the first photo below.) Then add the remaining 2 hoops with the metal clasps in an opposite criss-cross pattern around the first hoops that you put together. It’s like making an asterisk symbol or a snowflake… you start with an X and then add more lines horizontally and vertically. Once your orb is put together, tighten the metal clamps to secure the hoops in place!




I love the simplicity of it, and it offers endless decorating possibilities. It resembles a globe and is bursting with drama… I just adore these orb decorations. What do you think?? Is this something you could rock in your house? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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