Modern DIY Circle Shelf Using Embroidery Hoops

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Round shelving is all over our Pinterest feeds, but you probably wouldn't consider it as a potential DIY project — because wood isn't the easiest to bend, right? However, we've come up with the perfect solution for making a circular frame using wooden hoops that gives a nod to minimal Scandinavian design, without breaking the bank. If you're looking for a stylish shelving project that requires very little woodwork skill, this trendy DIY may be just the ticket.

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Things You'll Need

Step 1

Unscrew the embroidery hoop frame and remove the inner ring. (Repeat on the remaining embroidery hoops.)

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Step 2

Run wood glue around the frame of one of the inner hoops.

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Step 3

Take a second inner hoop and press firmly onto the glue to stick them together and create a double hoop.

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Step 4

Use hand clamps to hold the rings together as the glue dries. Repeat Step 2 and Step 3 with the remaining hoops (so you'll have three double hoops in total.)

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Step 5

Now, you'll glue all the double hoops together.

Run wood glue along one edge of a double hoop.

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Step 6

Then glue to another set of hoops to create a stack of four hoops.

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Once again, hold the hoop in place with hand clamps while the wood glue sets. (You can also use large binder clips or string to hold the hoops together while they dry.)

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Step 7

Glue together the last set of hoops to finish the circle frame. You'll have six hoops joined together in total.

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Step 8

Measure the depth of the finished frame — ours was 2 1/2 inches deep.

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Step 9

Next, measure the width roughly 1/3 inch from the top and bottom to determine the shelf width. (Our hoops are 12-inch wide, so this measurement was about 10 1/2 inches.)

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Step 10

Use the measurements from Step 8 and Step 9 to cut out your shelf dimensions from balsa wood. Balsa wood is a softwood, so it can be easily cut with a craft knife. Our shelves measured 2 1/2 inches deep and 10 1/2 inches wide, but this varies if you're using a larger or smaller embroidery hoop for your frame.

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Step 11

Run wood glue along the ends of each shelf.

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Step 12

Place them into the circular frame and leave to dry.

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If necessary, you can hold them in place using a hand clamp until the glue sets.

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Once dry, you can hang the shelf from a wall hook or nail.

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Since balsa wood is a softwood, these shelves won't hold large, heavy items. However, if you want something more robust, you can switch the balsa wood to something sturdier, like a thin plywood or hardboard.

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Content creator and brand new mum, Caroline studied fine art before launching her blog burkatron which has been an outlet for her love of DIY and design ever since!

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