October 7, 2013

DIY $2.39 Spiked Sculpture

Happy Monday!

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¢

TOTAL: $2.39!
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
  • Drill bit (I used a 1/4" drill bit)
  • A jigsaw or something to cut your dowel rod down to size with
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray paint
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil

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?

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  1. Yay, this sculpture has been on my DIY list ever since I pinned it 2 years ago and now I think I might have to make one for that price ;) it looks awesome!

  2. Love this one. The dimensions are perfect. Love it with the white squirrel :)

  3. The squirrel looks very pleased with this project. Wise squirrel!

  4. Could you please stop whipping out these amazing projects? The squirrel is obviously very happy to be next to that awesomeness.

  5. As usual, this is amazing! Totally going on my to-do list :)

  6. love the gold on it! and the squirrel is pretty rockin', too.

  7. You are crazy amazing at these little thrifty DIY decorating ideas.

  8. I nearly made one of these myself at the weekend, but I'd never thought about making a sculpture out of it. Looks fantastic, and I actually thought that you'd used glitter on the Styrofoam to begin with!

    1. Thank you! The styrofoam glitter texture was definitely a happy accident :)

  9. So cute! I'm going to have to make one for my own house!

    DIY Huntress

  10. This is gorgeous...I'm head over heels for it!!! I NEED one for our house! :)

  11. Love it! This has been on my crafty to-do list for awhile. By the time I get to it...I will be eighty! xo Kristin

    1. Thanks Kristin! You can live vicariously through my sculpture until you make one of your own :)

  12. That is so good! I can see a whole Christmas tree covered in ornaments like this! Super mod and fun.

  13. Cute, and I like it on a little stand!

  14. Love this idea! And you cannot beat $2.39!?! That's awesome!

  15. Love this! It reminds me of all the popular sea orchins I've been seeing in home decor.

  16. Love the texture this add to your cute little squirrel vignette. Also digging the glittery effect on the styrofoam.

  17. Very cute! Love the gold and the graphic feel.

  18. This is so cute! What paint did you use?


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