Embroidery Hoop Orbs

There’s nothing new under the sun.

A wise king named Solomon penned these words years ago.

And he was absolutely right.

Just when we think we’ve come up with something new – a quick Google search will tell us differently. 

Such is the case with these embroidery hoop orbs!

industrial table hydrangea sphere candle

I’ve long-loved the industrial look of wood or metal orbs. We have one out on the patio coffee table that’s made of metal. But even one picked up at Target can come with a price tag that is a little steep for such a simple piece.

Wooden embroidery hoops on the other hand are rather inexpensive. And these embroidery hoop orbs are quite easy to make.

embroidery hoop orbs | www.akadesign.ca


embroidery hoop sphere supplies

  • 2 embroidery hoops (per orb)
  • rag or foam brush
  • dark walnut stain


stain embroidery hoops

1. Disassemble each embroidery hoop.

2. Using an old rag (or a foam brush) stain all surfaces of each embroidery hoop piece. Let dry.

hoop screw

3. Slide pieces together to form an orb as shown below. Tighten hoop screws as needed.

stained embroidery hoops

4. Find a place to display and enjoy!

 industrial wooden orb | www.akadesign.ca

Do you have any wooden embroidery hoops kicking around? How about some wood stain?

You know where I’m going with this…why not make your own embroidery hoop orbs?

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  1. says

    Shannon….that is brilliant! I love it! Pinned! Shared on FB! And as soon as I get my stuff out of storage….I’m making one!!! This is something I can afford….even if I didn’t have my mom’s old hoops in storage. 😉
    One big hug to you from me!!

  2. Bobby-Jo Haukeness says

    so clever! Thanks for sharing this is on my list of to do this week and a must share on my page! :)

  3. JaneEllen says

    Your embroidery “orbs” look fantastic, love how the stain makes them look all old/rustic. I have several embroidery hoops, usually pick them up when I see them at thrift stores for reasonable prices. Never know what I might want to do with them so try to be prepared having enuf. We live a few miles from anyplace to buy things like that so get some when I see them. Don’t want to have to go buy something to do projects I see on blog land. If I have go to stores I’ll be out of mood by time I get back home. I’ll be making this soon. Have to get some stain. Happy summer days

  4. says

    That is such a cool idea-I thought that was metal when I first saw it! Your vignette looks gorgeous too.

    If you have a minute to spare I’d be thrilled if you could pop by my blog and share your post at my weekly Say G’day linky party. It’s on right now and this would be a wonderful addition!

    Best wishes for a lovely week,
    Natasha in Oz

  5. says

    I love this idea! I have made these very same hoops and have them on my porch as “orbs” on my urns! I love the idea of staining them!!! Such an inexpensive alternative to those very expensive metal ones!!!~~Angela

  6. says

    Super cute. Love it. I thought about doing this along time ago but never got around to it. Would work great also for a DIY pendant light fixture.

  7. Dorelle Andersen says

    Sorry to trouble you what size were your hoops and where did you buy them. I live in Vancouver none at Michaels or various dollar stores on the West Coast. I presume you use 4 hoops per sphere? Many thanks

  8. miguel says

    I made a bunch of these from larger sizes to wrap Christmas lights around, and then secured them to boulders in my front yard to make for a effect where they were just sitting on top of large boulders. I used cheap bailing wire to secure them on the boulders. I did not stain mine but rather sprayed them with red spray paint…which I do not recommend. All surfaces and sides do not get coated evenly so after the holidays I sold them on Craiglist altogether and they sold fast. If I had followed this plan above and stained them, then they might have been keepers. Do yourself a favor, take the time to stain them. You can find these hoops famous sewing and craft websites and stores in your town. There are two hoops in each package in case you’re wondering, so planning to make two five-ringed orbs would only take five packages. Or if you want four orbs with five rings, you need 10 packages. Only one of the pieces will actually have the hardware that tightens and separates, and one piece will be a solid ring that fits inside the slightly larger ring that tightens. I suggest making an orb out of similar sized rings such as the smaller ring of each package keep that with the other saller rings, and so forth. Reason being when you go to make the orb you will have slightly different sized rings and the orb won’t look round. These embroidery hoops are super cheap if you buy them with a coupon the craft stores usually have online or published. Just my experience. Cheers and good luck.

    • Sarah says

      I tried making these and I bought a dark stain just like yours, but the Zar brand which I’ve had better luck with than MinWax. When I stained my hoops, they barely absorbed the stain and turned out a honey pine color! Any ideas why? I was so excited for this project and it didn’t turn out at all the way I was expecting. :(

        • Sarah says

          Okay, I will get some MinWax later on and try it with that brand, maybe it is just something about the type of wood they are made of. Thanks!

    • Laura says

      Try to put the two inner rings together first, and then put the two hoops with screws on the outside. I got mine to stay together by tightening the screws pretty tight. However, I did find that smaller hoops were much tighter than bigger hoops.

  9. Laura says

    I made these with some friends, and we LOVE them! This is seriously a brilliant project. I’m a book lover, so I cut up some book pages into strips and Mod-Podged them onto two of the hoops. I painted the other 2 hoops, and they look fantastic. I will definitely be making more, and this time I’m going to try the stain! Thanks for sharing your great idea!

  10. says

    These are so adorable! I think I’m going to make some as my wedding centerpieces! i was actually worried about how the metal clasp would look but I really like it on the ones you made! Thanks so much for sharing!


    xo Rachel