I’ve been making embroidery hoop art for four years and counting.
As you may have guessed, I love using embroidery hoops! First of all, an embroidery hoop is invaluable during the creating process. After all, the hoop’s original purpose is to hold your fabric taut while you embroider. Second of all, after you’ve completed your embroidery work, the hoop itself becomes the adorable frame for your artwork. Two uses in one!
As a bonus, the metal clasp, which is used to tighten the hoop around your fabric, serves double duty as your hanger. Slip onto a nail or pushpin. Add a ball chain or length of ribbon and you can hang your hoop art almost anywhere.
Today, I would love to share with you 10 super cute ways to display your embroidery hoop art.
Of course, these ideas can be used not only for the hoop art I create, but for hoop art you have made yourself. Are you ready to show off your hoop art?
1. Display on the wall by itself or with other hoop art.
This one’s a no brainer. Hang your hoop art as wall art. For extra points, group with a variety of hoop art for a whimsical statement on your wall. Create a pleasing arrangement of big, medium and small hoops with various colors. Choose a theme (like your child’s favorite things) or choose hoops in coordinating or similar colors. This would look super-cute in a nursery or child’s room.
2. Display on the wall mixed in with photographs and other artwork.
By adding in hoop art to your gallery wall, you introduce new textures (felt and fabric) and shapes (circles mixed in with the straight lines of your framed art and photographs).
3. If you don’t want to poke a hole in your wall, you can use a pushpin to hang on a bulletin board.
I created this bulletin board myself with a vintage picture frame, cork and white foam core, but any bulletin board will serve the purpose. Here’s a tip: If you can’t fit the pushpin through the metal hanger on the top of the hoop, you can loosen the screw until the pushpin fits. Then tighten back up to secure. Or thread a short piece of ribbon or yarn through the hanger first. Then hang the hoop on the pushpin.
4. Use a mini wooden easel or other photo easel.
When you have a special hoop art, like this personalized felt cat, give it some extra attention and place it on a mini wooden easel. With this option you can easily move it around the room or home. This might also encourage people to pick up your hoop art, touch and admire!
5. Prop on a shelf.
If you are more prone to treat your hoop art with kid gloves, you might want to prop your hoop art high on shelf. Remember, these hoop art are keepsakes and should be treasured!
6. Arrange on a wooden tray.
For many of my craft fairs where I sell my hoop art, I incorporate vintage and store-bought trays into my display. Rather than lay them all on the table, the tray because a frame or foundation of sorts for your hoop. It is a wonderful way to “serve” up your hoop as eye candy! I think this would look lovely on a tabletop or dresser, don’t you?
7. Prop up against a stack of vintage books.
Instead of using a mini-easel, stack some books that you already have around the house and rest the hoop against the spine of the books. This makes a cute vignette for any tabletop or dresser. Use vintage books to tie into the vintage style of the embroidery hoop or choose your favorite books from your personal library.
8. Hang on your front door.
Instead of the traditional or holiday wreath, hang your hoop art on the front door to welcome your guests and visitors. A large hoop (12-inches or larger) works best. If you already have a wreath on your door you can also nestle a smaller hoop art inside the wreath! I did this with my holiday wreath and it looked so festive and unique!
9. Hang on the door of your child’s bedroom.
Use personalized hoop art as your child’s name sign. Hang on the door of your daughter’s room to claim her space. In this photo, I used an over-the-door wreath hanger to hang a wreath and my daughter’s personalized hoop art. I used a ball chain that comes with each of my hoop. You could also use some a ribbon or piece of yarn
10. Use as a photography prop and then display the photograph.
This idea takes a little more work than the others, but it is well worth the effort. As you may have noticed, I love taking photos of my hoop art with my daughters as models. It adds life to the photo, shows scale of the hoop and is just so much fun to do! Imagine if you took a photo with your daughter cradling the precious custom-made hoop art that you purchased just for her! Not only would you have a beautiful snapshot of your daughter but a reminder of the keepsake for years to come.
Do you use hoop art in your home? I would love to hear how YOU display them! Do you make them or purchase them? I would love to hear all about it! Leave a comment below and share!