Here are simple instructions on how to make an obelisk. Your flower pots will look like they stepped right out of an English garden.
I know these look like embroidery hoops. You open and close them and add a piece of needlework and then tighten them back up.
I’ve used a few of them back in my cross-stitch days.
They are something SO MUCH MORE.
These embroidery hoops are the inspiration behind one of my favorite projects I’ve ever made.
I used them to make an obelisk. I’ve wanted obelisks in the flower urns in the front of the house forever, but they were either too expensive or too big. So I used these hoops to create my own.
My front flower urns look like something straight out of Downton Abbey.
WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THEM.
Here they are and here are my very best instructions on how to make an obelisk.
Don’t they look fancy?
I’ve been wanting to put something in these pots that will help give my Mandevilla something to grow on.
The base of the embroidery hoop is the perfect size for the bottom of the plant.
Here’s a close-up where I wound the tendrils of the plant around the top.
If you are looking for a plant that will bloom all summer?
These Mandevilla’s are your new best flower friend. They’re super low maintenance and like direct sunlight (although we have four on the porch that are doing really well, too). As long as you water them every day they will bloom like this all summer.
We actually make two of them.
One for the urn on either side of the walkway.
And the best part? They cost about $15 to make.
Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make an obelisk.
HOW TO MAKE AN OBELISK
1 large embroidery hoop
1 medium-size embroidery hoop
2 pieces of 8′ 1″ panel molding
6″ of 1″ x 2″ pine wood
black spray paint
Step 1: pull the hoops apart
Pull the hoops apart so you have two.
You will be using both sides of the larger hoop and one side of the medium size hoop.
Step 2: Cut the 8′ panel board
Cut the 8′ panel board into 30″ pieces.
You will need 4 30″ pieces for the sides of the obelisk.
Step 3: Nail the panel board to the hoop
Measure four equidistant spots on the embroidery hoop around the perimeter (mark the spots at 12, 3, 6, 9 like on a clock).
Next, nail each of the 30″ pieces where you have marked on the embroidery hoop.
Step 4: Nail the panel board to the second hoop
Measure four equidistant spots on the next embroidery hoop around the perimeter (mark the spots at 12, 3, 6, 9 like on a clock).
Next, nail each of the 30″ pieces where you have marked on the second embroidery hoop.
How to make an obelisk Step 5: Nail the panel board to the third hoop
Measure four equidistant spots on the medium-sized embroidery hoop around the perimeter (mark the spots at 12, 3, 6, 9 like on a clock).
Next, nail each of the 30″ pieces where you have marked on the medium-sized embroidery hoop.
When you are finished, your ends will look like this.
Step 6: Make the top
Here are the supplies you’ll need for the top:
- four pieces of 4″ panel board
- one wood knob
- one piece of 1″x 1″ x 1″ wood
- one piece of 3 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ by 3 1/2″
Start by drilling a hole for the wood knob and attach it to the 1″x 1″ x 1″ wood.
You could also just glue it with wood glue.
The last step in how to make an obelisk is to nail the 4″ molding strips to the ends of the 30″ panel strips.
Next, nail the larger wood board 6″ from the top.
Attach each of the molding strips to the sides.
Lastly, attach the small piece of wood with the knob to the very end of the molding strips.
Then spray paint your finished obelisk and let dry.
I added the obelisks to the two urns on the front sidewalk.
To add them to a flower pot, I gathered all the flowers together and put the obelisk down over the top. Then I pulled out flowers in between the openings and wrapped the tendrils around the edges of the frame. The obelisk is really lightweight, but the flowers hold it in place.
We made each obelisk for under $15.
I hope you had fun today creating with me and learning how to make an obelisk.
And I hope your day is full of sunshine.
You are amazing, friend.