DIY Industrial Heart Garland

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner so I've been working on a couple of projects to decorate my home.

Today I'm sharing an industrial heart garland I made.

How to make industrial hearts from corrugated metal

I have two sheets of old industrial corrugated metal that I found at the dump. They look like they have been through a fire or something but I like the patina they have, I know my dad thought I had finally lost it when he had to store them for me for awhile!!


For this project I just needed a small piece.


If you want to recreate these, you can buy corrugated metal from Lowe's or Home Depot or you could use any kind of old metal... how about a tin can flattened out!?

You'll need a 3 pc. Tin Snip Set (the set has a straight cut, left cut, and right cut snip) and a 4-Way Shoe Rasp File (there are other types of files that will work too, but this is what I used.)


I cut out a heart from a scrap of paper to serve as a pattern and then cut a small square large enough for the heart, from the metal with the straight tin snips. Then using a pencil, I traced the heart onto the metal.


Cut out each heart using a combination of the different angled snips. I'll be honest... this takes a little bit of effort with this kind of metal. I cut a total of 8 hearts but I was pretty much over it at 6!!


The metal will be SHARP so be careful!! In fact, you really should wear gloves but that's not how I roll yo! 😎 Sorry dad!


Once you get the hearts cut out, use the rasp to file down the edges and remove any sharp burrs.




I forgot to take a picture of the next step but it's a pretty simple one, I used my Crop-A-Dile Punch to punch holes in the top of each heart and used some jute twine to string them together into a garland.


It is hanging from the hooks in my dining room now.




I'll be back to share my dining tablescape soon!




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10 comments

  1. Anne @ DesignDreams by AnneFriday, February 03, 2017

    What a cute project Tania!

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  2. I love the rustic simplicity of your garland Tania. It's so pretty. There's just something about the combo of jute and silver metal that rocks.

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  3. Thanks Tuula, I love the industrial worn metal!

    Tania

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  4. I've always loved galvanized metal for decor and projects. Kudos for the cutting of the metal! xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

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  5. Thanks Kathleen! I've had these two sheets of metal for a long time, I'm glad I finally got to use some of it!

    Tania

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  6. I do appreciate the effort you used to create this adorable garland. I once cut out 12 pairs of angel wings for a project. I promised myself no more cutting tin! However I love these little stars so much I may make them from some thin sheets of metal.

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  7. Thanks Donna! I know what you mean, like I said... I was over it at 6 heart!! Ha ha! Thin metal would be much easier though!

    Tania

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  8. This is so so pretty, I love the industrial galvanized look! Thank you so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration this week! Hope to see you again on Friday!

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