I have a junk drawer that is chucked full of all kinds of nuts, bolts, and other little metal hardware. It seems like there are always leftovers from a project. I buy a small bag to use and the rest just gets thrown in a drawer or box. The plan is to save them for another day or project. However, it seems that the project never comes or I just end up buying the same things all over again. That is why I came up with a collection of things to make out of old nuts and bolts.
I figured that it was time to put all that hardware to use in a creative way! Recycling old nuts and bolts for craft projects is a great way to eliminate waste and create something unique.
Easy Things To Make Out Of Old Nuts And Bolts
Craft A Fun Decorative Snowman
TUTORIAL: DIY Network
Decorative snowmen are so popular to set out during the Winter season. Crafting one out of old hardware is super creative and unique. It gives a nice industrial feel to your Winter decor. Pair this snowman with some industrial ornaments to complement the look.
Make Industrial Thumb Tacks
A simple project that I started with was to make some fun industrial thumb tacks out of some wing nuts and bolts. All I had to do was to glue the nuts and bolts onto some flat top thumb tacks with a good tacky glue. Now I instantly had some interesting tacks to go along with the industrial bulletin board I was decorating for my son.
Create Some Cool Industrial Drawer Pulls
TUTORIAL: Lansdowne LIfe
How often have you wanted to switch out your drawer pulls for something unique? Using old nuts and bolts to create fun industrial drawer pulls is a fantastic idea. Follow the tutorial to create these easy pulls or assemble parts that you have to fit what you need.
Craft A Nuts And Bolts Monogram Letter
TUTORIAL: Craft Cuts
A metal monogram letter can look industrial all on it’s own. However, when you embellish it with old nuts and bolts, it is a work of a perfect for an industrial space. Use it for a rustic industrial home accent or give it as a Father’s day gift to dress up the garage.
Decorate A Picture Frame With Old Nuts And Bolts
TUTORIAL: She Knows
Another great idea for Father’s day is to make a picture frame decorated with nuts and bolts. It’s a perfect way for dad to frame a picture of the kids for in his office.
Make A Tiered Tray
TUTORIAL: Backless Shirt
Use those spare pieces of hardware to construct a decorative tiered tray. This idea would also be great using tree slices instead of plates for a more rustic industrial look.
Other Things To Make Out Of Old Nuts And Bolts
- keychains – attach hardware to a key ring or chain
- jewelry – instead of using beads or pendants, use old nuts and bolts when assembling jewelry
- decorate pumpkins with hardware