To the moon and back
Huge wreaths with cutout lettering inside are all the rage! They're pretty stunning, right? There are two ways to replicate this look; one being more expensive than the other:
1. Contact a local welder and have a hoop made from metal piping
2. DIY a hoop yourself
This is the easiest DIY so I highly recommend doing it yourself! It's pretty much fail proof, and since we receive questions about these hoops weekly I wanted to make a quick guide on how we made one for our photo shoot.
WHAT YOU NEED:
1/2" PEX Piping (here)
Rust-oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint (here)
1/2" Copper Coupling (here)
I purchased a 50ft roll of 1/2" PEX piping and a package of 10 couplings, but if you're just making one hoop then you can buy a shorter length piping and one individual coupling.
STEP 1: Figure out what size to make your hoop.
For my project, I had a 2.5 foot "To the moon and back" sign which I wanted to fit in the middle of my hoop. So, I made my hoop at a diameter of 3 feet to allow for some breathing room around the sign. I laid out the sign on the ground and circled the piping around it to what seemed right, and then I cut the piping down.
If you're more technically minded, you can always use the C = 2 π R equation we learned back in geometry to find the perfect circumference.
But the non-mathematical route is the way I went, and I have no regrets. :)
TIP: If you're making an extra large hoop (for example the hoop in the photo below is 5 feet in diameter) then I would recommend getting a thicker PEX piping. The 1/2" piping works great for a 3' hoop, but if the hoop is much larger than that then it starts to become wobbly and looses its perfect circle shape. A thicker tubing should help with this.
"you are the best thing" sign here
Now that you've cut your tubing to the right length...
Step 2: Insert both ends of the tubing into the coupling.
You'll find both copper and plastic couplings at the hardware store - either will work, but the copper coupling is thinner and will make a cleaner look.