Unless your mom or your grandma is into embroidery, chances are you don’t know what embroidery hoops are. But if you’re into DIY, you’re going to want to snatch some of these up as soon as you see all the cool things you can do with them.
Available for $2 or less at stores including Joann Fabrics, Walmart and Hobby Lobby, embroidery hoops are essentially a thin wooden ring with a nail on one end, making it easy to hang on the wall. With this simple base, you can make:
- Picture frames: Print out some photos of your favorite people or places on iron transfers and iron them onto some thin white fabric. Cut the fabric to fit and staple or glue the edges of each one to the inside of the hoops for a one-of-a-kind photo gallery.
- Bulletin boards: Using either fabric or cork, embroidery hoops can make cute and functional bulletin boards. If you have a saw that can cut metal, you could even make your board magnetic.
- Jewelry holders: This project combines embroidery and cross stitch, but without the needle and thread. Buy a plastic cross stitch canvas and cut it to fit inside the hoop. The little holes are the perfect size for hanging earrings, pendants and brooches. Dress it up by spray painting the canvas or covering it in fabric.
- Wreaths: The secret to making a perfectly round wreath is the frame. Start with the hoop and wrap real or fake evergreens around it for the holidays, or use fabric or yarn for a year-round decoration.
- Storage bags: Whether you need a place to stash your laundry, pens and pencils, spare change or your keys, a hoop and some fabric can become a cute storage bag that hangs from the wall or a door handle. Learn how to make your own with this tutorial.