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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WALL URCHINS

This is another really easy project that adds some unique texture and character to your wall.  You see them everywhere these days....but, I've never really been thrilled with the price.   Having seen how easy they are to make, I decided to tackle them for myself.  After all, you can make them for under $15 for two of them, with leftovers styrofoam balls, skewers and paint to make more!
There are only three supplies you need....and about an hour of your time to knock out a couple of these babies.

SUPPLIES:

Skewers
1 Pkg. of styrofoam balls
1 can gold metallic spray paint

The first step is to cut off about 1/3 of the ball to create a flat bottom surface.  You can use a serrated knife to accomplish this.  I started at the center of the ball in placing the skewers.   I cut off about 2/3 of the skewers for the center so the "spines" started small and grew longer as they continued out to the perimeter of the ball.  

It was really just a matter of eyeballing it as I continued adding skewers.   Once you like the amount you have, head outside to paint them gold.  I added a couple of coats, front and back.  Letting it dry in between coats.

Finally to attach them to the wall, simply place a nail in the wall and push on the front of the urchin so the nail penetrates the styrofoam ball.  

I know you've also seen table versions of these.....those would also be easy enough to make by leaving the ball whole and adding skewers all the way around the ball.    Have Fun!

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