Finding just the right piece to add a bit of life and color to your home can be a challenge, which is why it's no secret that we prefer just making things on our own. It's one thing to spend your time bouncing from store to store checking out hip, artisanal goods, but it's another thing entirely to be able to call the decor in your home truly your own. We tend to have a bit of a sense of pride in our living places when we made the things that breathe life into them, which is exactly why we wanted to share this awesome Circle Wood Shelf idea with you from the always-reliable New Bloom blog.
This particular project is nice and easy, and actually requires a lot less in the way of both machinery and technical mastery when compared to our DIY key holder project. Here's what you'll need for this one:
• Suede leather lace
• 3 quilting hoops
• Wood glue
* 3 basswood sheets
Pick out Your Materials
The first thing you're going to want to do is pick out your hoops. We promise, we're not just making "get everything you need" the first entry in this how-to article. For this project you're going to want to make sure you pick out a good set of quilting hoops (which are great because they don't require that you have to mess with bending wood: it's obnoxious and requires a bit of skill). 23" quilting hoops work very well, but you can use whatever size you like. The important thing is to make sure that you find three that are close in shade, or that go very well together. It's also important to find hoops that line up with each other evenly.
Join Those Hoops
Connecting the three hoops to form the outer rim of your hoop shelf is the most challenging part of this little project. You're going to want to glue those three hoops together, and use a combination of clamps and toothpicks to make sure everything stays stuck together and lined up nicely. (See the pictures for a couple of good ideas as to how you can execute this.) Everything should be nice and dry after about eight to 10 hours of sitting. Once the glue has dried, you'll want to sand everything down a bit so your hoop shelf is nice and smooth.
Insert the Basswood Sheets
Cut the basswood sheets that are going to be your shelves down to size so they fit within the hoop. You've got a couple of options, here. You can use an X-ACTO knife and cut them yourself (basswood is nice and thin), or you can use a saw if you have one and prefer to make sure you're getting a perfectly straight, precision cut. Either way, you'll want to make sure you cut those sheets so they fit within the hoops, then glue them in as you like. Let them dry.
Hang It Up, and You're Done!
Once everything is nice and firmly dried, you'll want to drill a couple of little holes into the hoop so you can hang it up on your wall. Use the suede lace (or whatever you want — a bit of leather works great, too, but you want to pick some color that complements the wood of your hoop) to mount it, and enjoy your brand new, handmade bit of home decor!
DIY Circle Wood Shelf | A New Bloom
All photos by A New Bloom