Faux metal wall art? Talk about frugal crafts! I went over to my friend Carmela’s house to help her with preparations for her daughter’s upcoming wedding. (They are doing a lot of the decorations themselves. I can tell it is going to be amazing.) Jacqueline, the bride to be, and I got to talking about different things and the next thing I know I am looking at this amazing piece of wall art. I fell in love. Then she tells me that she made it. I envisioned sparks flying, blow torches, heavy metal masks, forging tools, etc…(Alrighty then, I may have gotten carried away!) WHAT? Are you kidding me? Get this, to make faux metal wall art you will use empty toilet paper tubes or paper towel tubes. How easy is that?
Now toilet paper tubes are right up my alley and I love this faux metal wall art project for many reasons. First of all, they are frugal. Secondly, they are easy. Thirdly, everyone has toilet paper tubes! Last but not least, we are repurposing something that would have ended up in the landfill. I am sharing the steps on how to create your very own faux metal art project.
What you need:
- Toilet paper and/or paper towel cardboard tubes
- Stapler or hot glue gun
- Spray paint color of your choice (optional)
What to do:
- Cut tubes width wise into strips about 1/2- 3/4 inches wide.
- Bend them to form petals or other desired shapes
- Place in a pattern: you may want to play with this several times to get the look you want. Flowers look great!
- Glue or staple pieces together
- Spray paint desired color. Make sure to turn it to get the inside of the tubes and all the little crevices.
Voila! You have just created a faux metal wall art that is super cheap and really cool! Be creative as you design. Cardboard will curl around paintbrush handles and pencils to add more detail to your project. I have seen some amazing free patterns online. A huge thanks to Jacqueline for showing this to me. She is very crafty. You can visit her blog here: