I love the Farmhouse style, but not the price tag. Make your own Farmhouse wagon wheel with cheap embroidery hoops instead. Here’s how.
I am not going to lie. I think I have a slight crush on Joanna Gaines. Her style and ability to make things gorgeous just amazes me. I want my house to look like she was here decorating it.
But I’m too cheap to pay for all those chachkis.
I wanted a wagon wheel to hang in our living room, but looking online, they are just so darned expensive. And I’m on a limited budget. So I took to brainstorming a way to make my own.
Checking out the “Stash”
Looking at my crafting stash one day, I realized that an embroidery hoop is about the size I want the wheel to be. So why couldn’t we figure out a way to make two of them into a wheel.
As is typical, I came up with the idea aesthetically and set my Redneck to figuring out the engineering side of it all. (It happens a lot around here.)
I even had some wooden dowels left from another project a while back. I couldn’t tell you what that even was at this point. LOL
So we dug around to see what I had that would work for this project. I wasn’t sure about the size of the interior ring, but a trip to Hobby Lobby gave the Redneck the proper size rings to make this for me.
A Beautiful Mind
I absolutely adore that my Redneck thinks like an engineer sometimes. It makes it wonderful for me to dream up new, creative ideas for our home. He gets me to envision it, and maybe draw out what I want, and then he figures out the best way to make it happen. It’s awesome how much effort he puts into supporting my artistry (and everything else about me).
I’ll spare you all the details of our romantic life and just get to the DIY. 😉
- 1 large embroidery hoop (we used 14″)
- 1 small embroidery hoop (we used 4″)
- 12 1/4″ wooden dowels
- small hobby saw
- small hobby knife
- drill bits
- sanding supplies
Assembling the DIY Farmhouse Embroidery Hoop Wagon Wheel
Planning and Preparation
First, lay out your posterboard on a table or other flat surface. Mark circles of the embroidery hoops from a shared center point.
Using a large compass or the actual hoops (if you trust your eyes to judge, which we don’t), trace the embroidery hoops onto the posterboard.
Mark out your spokes at 30-degree intervals using your protractor (for a 12 spoke wheel).
Then, separate your hoops using the tightening screws. Set the outside of the large hoop and the inside of the small hoop aside for later use.
Place the inside of the large hoop and the outside of the small hoop on your marked posterboard. Aligning them with your previously drawn circles.
Mark each hoop where the spoke marks intersect the radius.
Remove the clamping hardware from the small embroidery hoop (this will most often involve drilling out the fastening rivets). Make sure that during the process you keep the small hoop joint (where the hardware was removed) centered between two spokes.
Carefully drill holes in your embroidery hoops for your spokes. Start with a very small bit for a pilot hole and work up progressively to a 1/4″ or 5/32″ bit to allow for a smooth fit of a 1/4″ dowel rod. Use extreme care while drilling for both safety and to prevent damage to your embroidery hoops. Some splintering will occur, but this can be minimized by not rushing the process. Keep your bit speed as high as you are comfortable with and use very gentle pressure on your drill.
The holes in the large hoop may be drilled slightly offset from center in an alternating pattern to achieve a deeper 3D effect.
Carefully sand the hoops around the drilled holes for a smooth finish. Small splinters can be trimmed off with a small hobby knife as needed.
Place your drilled embroidery hoops back on your marked posterboard. Place 1 dowel on your layout pattern. Mark it to approximately 1″ longer than the distance from inner to outer hoop.
Cut 12 dowels to the length previously marked. Slightly round the cut ends with sandpaper.
Replace the inner ring of your small embroidery hoop and secure with a small amount of glue. Use tape to hold the two parts back together until the glue sets.
Once the glue is dry and the small hoops are secure, apply a small amount of glue to the drilled holes in the small hoop. A Q-tip helps to get the glue seated down in the hole better.
Alight the large and small hoops so the drilled holes match your spoke marks on the posterboard.
Install your 4 primary spokes by sliding them, rounded end first, through the large hoop and into the drilled and glued holes in the small hoop. Some of the dowel rods should be sticking out the outside of the large hoop.
Adjust the small hoop to the center of the large hoop by sliding on the primary spokes until satisfied with the center placement. Install your remaining spokes in the same fashion, adjusting as necessary.
Allow the glue to dry completely. A thin spacer can be placed under the small embroidery hoop to prevent sagging while drying.
Once your glue is completely dry, trim the excess off of the spokes protruding from the large hoop. Sand these smooth.
Finishing the Wheel
Apply a thin film of glue to the outside of the large embroidery hoop. Again, using a Q-tip to spread it on thinly works well here.
Install the outer ring of the large hoop and tighten it down. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Once the glue is dry, the large hoop clamping hardware may be carefully removed, if desired. Or you may use it as hanging hardware in your decor.
Finally, finish as desired with paint or stain. Hang and enjoy!