October 14, 2014

Thrift Benefit Project: DIY Gold Ring Sculptures

A few weeks ago, Jeanette from Country Design Style invited me and 20+ other pet-loving bloggers to participate in her 2nd annual Thrift Benefit for Shelter Animals.

Thrift Benefit is a DIY blogger event to bring awareness to thrift shops that sponsor animal rescues and the rescues that care for the animals that share our journey.

I'm a huge supporter of adopting from animal shelters and have adopted 2 of our 3 dogs (our boys) from a local shelter here in Tucson!

They're both German Shepherd mixes (not planned, just a happy accident) and are the best dogs! They're inseparable, they love to play tug-of-war and wrestle with our little lady.

Speaking of, our little lady was rescued from a puppy mill when she was 4 months old. She has hip dysplasia and had to have her little hip fused shortly after I got her. She traveled cross-country with me when I moved to Arizona and I can't imagine my life without her!

Anyway, onto the project!

We went shopping for our project supplies at The Humane Society of Southern Arizona's thrift store:

Every purchase is tax-free and every penny goes to The Humane Society of Southern Arizona's shelter to help the animals in need.

I've driven past the HSSAZ thrift store before but I've never stopped in to shop. I was surprised by the size of the store and how much they had to offer!

I ended up purchasing 3 embroidery hoops for my Thrift Benefit project:

One was $6, the other was $5, and the tiny little one was 50¢ (I didn't end up using this one):

I ended up making some ring sculptures with them!

I was inspired by some ring sculptures I saw in Mila Kunis' dining room:

[ Image via Lonny Mag ]

I'm pretty sure they're the large ring sculptures designed by Gregory Small and sold at Arteriors Home but I could be wrong.

[ Image via Arteriors Home ]

Unfortunately I don't have $600 to spend on one decoration so I made one (two actually)!

I started my sculpture by separating the embroidery hoops (ignore the smallest one):

I bought a 98¢ dowel rod (3/8" x 48") for the stand and used a scrap piece of 1 x 2 for the base:

We cut the dowel rod into 1, 4" piece and 1, 5" piece. We cut the 1 x 2 into 1, 6" piece and 1, 7" piece:

The 4" dowel rod was paired with the 6" base and the 5" dowel rod was paired with the 7" base.

I found the center of each base and drilled a 3/8" hole (the size of my dowel rod) into it:

I dipped the end of each dowel rod into a little bit of wood glue and stuck it into the base's hole:

I let the wood glue dry a little bit before filling in some gouges with wood filler and sanding everything down:

I spray painted the embroidery hoops gold and hand painted the bases black (I ran out of black spray paint). I let the paint dry a few hours before hot gluing the embroidery hoops to the top of the dowel rods. I let the hot glue dry overnight before moving the sculptures.

Not too bad for $12, huh?!

They don't have a home yet but I'm thinking about restyling our new console table and have a feeling they'll end up there!

Stop by the rest of the Thrift Benefit participants blogs to check out their projects! If you're reading this in an e-mail or reader, you may need to click over to the blog in order to click on the links in the link party.


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  1. Oh this is so close to my heart. I couldn't even look at the first photo. And I absolutely love your project. Genius once again!

  2. love these and i love this concept! both of my dogs were rescue pups, so i am all for spreading the word. :)

  3. So cute! And what a great concept. Love our fur babies! Also, of course Mila's house is super cool, sigh.

    1. Thanks Tania! I love Mila's house. I wish she'd invite me over for dinner haha

  4. Your dogs are just precious! I can't believe you made those sculptures from embroidery hoops! They look like something from a high end gallery- so clever!

  5. Great transformation ... looks like the real thing. Your babies are beautiful!

  6. Wow, you nailed that look and saved almost $600. Great project!! Love your fur babes!

  7. What a great idea for raising awareness! And your project turned out great. When I first saw the box one of them is sitting on, I thought maybe you'd made a base out of black and white legos. That would have been pretty awesome. File that idea away for next time ;)

  8. Oh my gosh, Caitlin! I love it! Hope you put it on Knock off Decor! Love, love your sweet pups. Thank you for joining the Thrift Benefit! We will do it again next year! It's getting bigger each year. ~Jeanette

  9. Such a great (and super inexpensive) idea! And I have to say that your pups are super cute!

  10. Your dogs are so cute! Our Sherman is a rescued GS/Lab mix and he's also such a good boy.

    Amazing project and it looks even better than your inspiration!

  11. What a cool and creative project!! Sweet fur babes too!! :)


  12. These are beautiful crafts and I'm proud of you all for participating in such a wonderful project!


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