Easy DIY Iron Wall Art!




About: I'm a mom of 4 and I love to craft! Anything and Everything interests me and i love to create in the process of learning.

Take a good look at the picture...what do you see...A beautiful metal wall art...
scroll down to find out how to do this super  super easy wall art...  :-D

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Step 1: Take a Good Look

Gotcha! Tell me the truth....you came to the next step thinking this is metal right?? ;-) well you are wrong!
This is simply a wooden frame and CARDBOARD!!
you don't believe me..read on...
I have entered it in the cardboard contests...and I know  there are some excellent entries...and I probably don't stand a chance among such excellence....but still....if you like it ...I would like your vote for the cardboard......it would just make me feel happier and you would have a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart for making someone happier :-)

What you need to do this project is
toilet tissue roll
black spray paint
3/8" wooden slats
pencil to twist the strips with
Styrofoam to pin the form on and pin

I think this idea was originally done in 'suzy's sitcome' but ...but I have seen other variations too...how ever...I felt they could have more instructions in them...so I have added my own two cents worth of instructions here...hope you enjoy :-)

Step 2: Surf for Your Design

Surf the net for your design....I have uploaded some designs which I googled.
Pick the one you want and try to recreate it with cardboard.
I have picked a design from ebay....you may choose that or what you prefer :-)
My choice is the last picture.

Step 3: Frame 1

Make your wooden frames by applying glue to 4 10" slats and then stapler to reenforce. Make quantity according to how much you want.
Using the slat as a measurement cut strips. I used cardboard from boxed too in addition to toilet tissue rolls.
Fold 1 toilet roll and cut 4 petals.
then cut 4" strips of cardboard and cut a slot in the center. Interlock the strips and then glue the petals. Then place the this in the center of the frame on top of Styrofoam. Measure equal strips and attach the center design to the frame with these strips.Now using the strips from the toilet roll...curve  the edges in in spirals and glue according to your chosen pictures...A simple tip to easily bend the board if it is hard is to just dip it once for a few seconds in water and then quickly take it away and roll it with your pencil.

Once you have completed your frame spray paint it with black metallic paint

Step 4: Frame 2

If you like to do the other frames...here are a few pictures to help you complete them.
I have added slits to the intersection points and added glue. I felt this would make the design more stronger.
Follow pictures to see completions

Step 5: Frame 3

With these basic guide lines you should be able to do almost any wrought iron design :-)
Why not try some and decorate your home...you could fool everyone into believing it to be real !

Step 6: Your Faux Metal Wall Art

Enjoy your cheap metal art!

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    9 months ago

    WOW!!! This looks incredible!!! I'm going to try to make one to cover my heating intake grate. Thanks


    5 years ago on Step 4

    Shazni; FINALLY this is coming into my classroom, a year and some after I said it was! Hope all is well with you and your family.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Step 4

    That's Great! please post pictures of what they do....would love to see what designs they come up with :-)
    My Family is doing great too...we moved recently...so still organizing :-)


    6 years ago on Step 6

    You have loads of talent!! Started looking with the "No Sew" Quit and just kept looking at all your wonderful goodies!! Thank you for sharing your talent and instructions with us.

    I am sure you are familiar with 'Dover Books" for designs, but just in case you are not or other reader are not - this is a great source for tons and tons for free designs! I must clarify a bit - some are free and some you have to pay a very small charge for the book which has 1000's for designs in them - and no, I do not work for them - LOL

    Keep up the wonderful work and thank you again and again!! - By the way - is the contest still on? If so - where do I go to vote? I am not very familiar with the Instructables site, so if you wouldn't mind helping me out a bit - I would love to vote for you.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks a lot for your lovely words :-)
    Well this contest is over... Sadly it didn't get to the finals :-(. My fault as it was a late entry .
    However I would love your votes for the 'no sew quilt' .. The vote tab is in thae top right side... When you click that... It shows all the contests it's entered in... You click 'vote ' for all that you wish ( I wish all ... Haha )
    That's it!
    By the way... I love helping you out... After all .. It's YOU helping ME with your vote... So thank you.
    I have never heard of 'Dover Books' will surely check it out... Thanks!
    I love sharing my craft... Especially when such appreciation is shown ;-)
    Currently I'm trying out a little invention .., which I hope will help loads of paper quillers... Hopefully I'll be able to fine tune it for the battery contest !
    Best to you... And thanks for your kind words !


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I actually made wall art like this, you can actually get some pretty cool stuff though, however if you use hot glue, it hurts like who-knows-what for a second if you get it on you though, but still fun to make either way. :)

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Great! Let's see it!
    And yes.....Hot glue is very painful ... I've had the experience once too often!


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    And pls vote for me in the make for youth competition!!!!!!!!!!