I'm in the process of fallifying our home which means I've been busy making a few decorative accessories. I showed you my gold leaf hurricane last week and today I'm showing you my spiked sculpture:
To make a sculpture of your own, first gather your supplies:
Supplies I purchased from Hobby Lobby (shown above):
- 1 1/2" styrofoam ball, 46¢
- Mini wood sticks, pack of 500 for $3.47 – I probably used around 80 of them so that'd be 55¢ (If you can't find mini wood sticks, toothpicks work too!)
- Wooden base, 79¢
- 5/16" x 36" dowel rod (you can get a shorter one, this just happened to be the length I got), 59¢
Note: this project may cost you more than $2.39 depending on the supplies you need to purchase.
Supplies I had on hand:
- Glue (I used rubber cement and super glue)
- Drill bit (I used a 1/4" drill bit)
- A jigsaw or something to cut your dowel rod down to size with
- Spray paint
- Measuring tape
Poke a hole about 1/4" deep into the bottom of your styrofoam ball with your dowel rod:
Pick a side of the dowel rod's hole and stick a mini stick next to it. Place the mini sticks in a straight line around the styrofoam ball until you reach the other side of the dowel rod's hole:
Don't get too close to the dowel rod's hole otherwise the styrofoam will crumble! If you do get too close (it happens), just use some glue to stick the mini stick in place.
Repeat the same process on the perpendicular side of the styrofoam ball:
Once your main rows are done, it's time to fill in the wedges. You can fill them in randomly or follow along with me, it's up to you!
I started to fill the wedges by sticking a mini stick into the top center of the wedge. Then I stuck two mini sticks below the top one, forming a triangle shape:
I repeated the center stick, left stick, right stick pattern until two opposite wedges were full of mini sticks:
I filled the third one the same way:
Then I very carefully filled the fourth wedge by cupping the sculpture with one hand and gently twisting mini sticks into the styrofoam with the other:
After the ball of the sculpture was finished, I inserted my dowel rod into the hole I made in step 1 to determine the length I wanted it to be. There wasn't any science to it, I just eyeballed the length, made a mark, and cut the rod with our jigsaw.
I found the center of my sculpture's base and made a little X so I'd know where to drill a hole for the dowel rod:
I placed my drill bit up against the edge of the wooden base to determine how deep to drill without going through the bottom. I used some painter's tape to mark the depth on my drill bit:
The painter's tape acts as a guide so you know when to stop drilling:
My wooden base was a little rough so I sanded it down before super gluing the bottom of my dowel rod into the hole I drilled:
The mini sticks are a little crooked and aren't perfectly aligned but I think it gives the piece character!
Some of my mini sticks fell out here and there so I dipped the ends of them into rubber cement and stuck them back in place:
I took the finished sculpture outside and gave it a few thin and even coats of gold spray paint:
After the paint was dry, the sculpture was complete!
I love how the texture of the ball kind of looks like glitter :)
What do you think of the sculpture? Not bad for $2.39, huh?