As most of you already know, Joey and I made most of our decor ourselves and/or asked friends and family to lend us their talents; like my girlfriend Kristy who made ALL my amazing macrame pieces and my cousin Michelle, who made our bar sign and welcome sign (photos to come later).
When I told Joey I wanted a donut wall, he decided we were going to build it ourselves. I knew I wanted it to stand up on its own and be tall enough to make an impression. So Joey decided to measure the back of my car to see exactly how big we could make it to maximize our space. It ended up being 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide.
Once we measured my car, we went straight to Home Depot to pick out the wood we wanted. I wanted the wood to be thick and sturdy so we went with a thicker a slab of wood. I also chose a lighter colored wood, I didn’t want it to be too dark. From there, we had them cut the wood into the size we needed, we also kept all the extra wood and had them cut into the shapes and sizes we wanted for other sizes. (If you’re paying for the entire slab of wood, you might as well find a way to use it all!).
Next, we went and picked out the dowels we’d need to glue into the board to hold the donuts. We went with 1/4 inch sized dowels. They were thick enough to support at least 2 donuts per peg, which is exactly what we needed and wanted. We bought 4 dowels and had them cut into 4 inch pieces.
When we got home, we measured out the spacing for each peg and drew out where we were going to place each row of pegs. We figured each donut would be 2 inches wide and 2 inches long, so that’s how we spaced the pegs. Next, we painted the piece of wood with a clear wood glaze, to make the wood have a shinier finish. Then using a drill bit, we drilled the holes into the wood. Using Gorilla Glue, we glued the pegs into the holes, making sure that the pegs stopped right at the back of the wood and wiping any extra glue off the wall so that it didn’t drop down.
Once we stuck the pegs in, we had to be sure they stayed straight so that they didn’t glue in crooked, because that glue is no joke! We also bought an acrylic box to glue to the donut wall to serve as a holder for the custom donut wrappers we ordered off Etsy, we measured the size of the box before gluing the pegs in, so that we’d have the space for the box. Once all the pieces were glued in place and dry, we began to paint. Joey created stencils for the quotes and we painted on the board ourselves. The paint we bought at Home Depot as well, if you only need a small amount, you can pick any color you want and ask for a sample size can- its the perfect size and cheaper than getting a full can. We painted our quote and our hashtag on the bottom of the wall and did 2 quotes to ensure the color filled in.
Once the paint and glue from the pegs were 100000% dry, we started sticking little “feet” to the bottom of the board to ensure it wouldn’t slip when it was propped up at the venue. The donut board was a huge hit and it honestly cost us about $70 to make. Not bad at all.
Our board was filled with Krispy Kreme donuts. We had a custom lavender color made that went perfectly with the maple, chocolate, and original glaze donuts we ordered as well. It was a nice way to accent our wedding color. Before putting our order in with Krispy Kreme, we did contact a local bakery to do our donuts but they let us know that their donuts would be too heavy to hang and could only be displayed laying flat. So that’s something to take into account if you’re looking at having a donut wall as well! Heavier donuts will rip and fall if you’re trying to hang them, so Krispy Kreme is really the way to go since their donuts are light.
Hope this inspires you to create your own donut wall! It was a fun weekend project for us to do together!