Every year in the United States, over 10 million tons of steel end up in landfills.
Don’t waste your scrap metal or let other metals fill our landfills. You can learn how to complete DIY metal projects with minimal experience or skill. Whether you want to decorate your home or make something useful, you can learn how to do it with metal.
Here are five easy projects that can turn scrap metal into practical or artistic pieces in your home:
1. Make a Stool
Putting together a stool is one of the easiest things you can do. It doesn’t take a lot of welding or even a deep understanding of welding to make. The most challenging part of making a stool is joining metal together in a way that is both artistic and useful, so let your imagination run wild.
The benefit of having a solid metal stool is that it will be sturdy and resistant to damage or failure.
2. Metal Rose
Of all the DIY metal art projects, a metal rose can become one of the most impressive. It is all about finding and putting together concentric rings of metal. They can be smooth, rough, toothed, or abstract in shape.
A metal rose can be a large decoration or something small. The choices are yours, but your friends and family will surely notice and be impressed. They won’t know how easy it was for you to build it.
3. Book Shelf
Bookshelves can be easy to put together, as long as you don’t get too wild. This will help you learn a lot about leveling and fabrication projects. Converting scrap metal to a bookshelf is one of those DIY metal projects that makes a statement about how artistic and handy you can be.
4. Wine Bottle Holder
While you may think of wine bottle holders as complex, the only thing you really need is a spiral of metal large enough to fit the bottle. How deep and complicated you choose to go can show how far you’ve come in fabricating metal art.
When you first start out, a spiral can be complex because it requires heating and bending of the metal. You may also want to join smaller, decorative pieces to the spiral to make it more appealing. If you do this, you’ll have to choose soldering vs welding to make it look right for you.
5. Planters or Vases
Joining metal together to make a planter is quite easy, as metal is naturally resilient in nature. Make sure that you take the time to paint or seal the metal, you don’t want water rusting it. A vase is also easy when you take multiple pieces and join them together to make it.
DIY Metal Projects
DIY metal projects can be as complicated or as simple as you need them to be. Don’t try to be a master welder on your first project. Plan for something simple and execute your plan. The more often you do this, the more you will learn about working with metal.