Whisk you where here to enjoy my "oh so shiny" (and oh so cheap) kitchen wall art. The best part is, you'll never run out of whisks!
I found these lovely, stainless-steel whisks at my local Dollar Tree and knew there was Art to be had. Best of all, you probably have most of what you need already on hand.
Step 1: Materials
8 Stainless whisks (DollarTree sku 3927719119)
Hard-drive platter (or a CD will do)
(If you're looking for a fun, non-metal alternative, please see step 6-Plan B at the end).
Stainless Steel knob with screw (or whatever knob strikes your fancy)
Galvanized Steel Wire-24 gauge (This is what I had on hand)
Round piece of scrap wood or metal/plastic lid, same size or smaller as your platter (mine was 3.75").
Needle-nose pliers, wire cutter, screwdriver (Phillips or flathead, depending on the bolt you have for your knob)
Hammer and small nail.
Eye hook or something similar for hanging.
Step 2: Join Your Whisks
Cut an 18" piece of wire and fold in 1/2. Thread this through the ends of the whisks and pull tight so the whisks form a circle.
Thread the end of the wire with the loose pieces through the loop you made folding the wire in half. Pull tight, but leave enough room to insert the back of your knob.
Step 3: Add the Platter and Knob
Lay the knob down and put the platter (or CD) on top. This becomes the center of your wall art.
Lay the circle of whisks on
top of the knob. Tighten until the whisks become immobile. You may need to thread the wire through the base of the whisks a second time and use the pliers to twist the wire until the whisks are locked in place. Some movement is to be expected, but that will be remedied in the next few steps.
Step 4: Make the Backing Plate
The backing plate is not only a way to attach your art to the wall, it also serves to sandwich the whisks between 2 solid objects as to make them immobile. 1/4-1/2" piece of scrap wood, or a solid lid would work. (Isn't recycling great!) I didn't have the right piece of wood, but my recycling bin yielded the perfect metal lid.
With a small nail, punch a hole for the eye-hook(insert) and a slightly larger one for the bolt that will attach your knob.
Step 5: Put It All Together
Thread the bolt for the knob through the lid and screw into the knob as tight as possible. The idea is to create a vise to keep the whisks in place. If your bolt is too long, you can add nuts, washers, even scraps of foam core to fill the gap. Tighten the bolt until the whisks are immobile
Flip it over, polish it up, hang on the wall and stand back and admire.
Did I mention it was shiny????
Step 6: Plan B
Maybe you like the idea, but would like something less shiny, here's a plan B.
Most craft stores sell small,
6" cardboard cake bases. These would be easy to decoupage (perhaps featuring our friend 'Instructo'-thanks mole1), add paint, fabric, etc. You get a whole new look (albeit minus the shine :(