You have likely seen these cutesy golden urchins all over Pinterest and retail stores. From walls to coffee tables they seem to be the perfect addition to any chic space.
I love these glamorous little things but I kind of live by the principle “if I can make it, why would I buy it” , plus I’m not really sure I was wanting to drop $15.99+ plus on something that small. I’m cheap I guess…
But I resolved to make my own and the beautiful thing in all of this was that I already had all of my supplies on hand.
Small wooden dowels
Hot glue sticks and gun
Gold Spray Paint
I wanted my golden urchin to be flat on one side so it would sit nicely on a stack of books or I could hang it on a wall, so the first thing I did was cut my styrofoam ball in half with my hack saw. *Tip* If you don’t have a hack saw you could always use a serrated knife, like a bread knife. If you want a completely spherical urchin you can leave your ball whole.
One ball can make two urchins, but for show and tell purposes I’m only making one, so I will only be using one of these halves.
The dowels come in a pack at Hobby Lobby, I would have added a link for you but I couldn’t locate them on the website 🙁
I think they are about 10″ long and I bought the pack with the smallest circumference (the pack runs less than $3). I cut the dowels in half with the hack saw. *Tip* Again, if you’re lacking a hack saw just snap the dowels in half. The jagged edges will be stuck down into the styrofoam half, so they will be hidden.
Insert each dowel into the styrofoam half, remove it and then glue it back into the hole with hot glue. Repeat.
There is no right or wrong number of dowels to add, it’s all up to you and how “full” you want your urchin to look.
Add spray paint! I used my favorite gold spray paint.
I’m pretty proud of how my little urchin turned out.
I don’t think I could have done any better, especially for the cost of zero dollars!
How about you, are you smitten with golden urchins or are you more of a landlubber?