Are you looking to create some unique handmade holiday gifts this year? If so, then you should try creating with decorative sheet metal!
Not too long ago I received an amazing kit from M-D Building Products, Inc. to use to create unique projects with. Well, let me tell you, I had an absolute blast creating with this kit of goodies!
This gorgeous sheet metal comes in different sizes, and it is super versatile as well as being reasonably priced! Most Home Depots have a nice selection for you to choose from so you don’t have to hunt for it. Y’all, there are so many different types to choose from on Home Depot’s website too!
These sheets can be used inside or outside and are extremely easy to cut and shape. M-D offers the tools needed to complete your project, such as Tin Snips, a Metal Corner Rounder, a Metal Hole Punch, and Hobby Gloves to protect your hands from the sharp edges.
IMPORTANT: To reduce the risk of injury, use protective gloves while working with the sheet metal and smooth the edges of your project with a file or emery cloth.
A Magazine Rack Sheet Metal Back – 1
At a resale shop a few months ago, I found a wooden magazine rack to hang on my wall. Since it was open in the back I knew I wanted to add something to it so the magazines wouldn’t scuff the wall. When this kit came, and I saw the silver Union Jack aluminum sheet I finally knew what I could use!
I was over the moon excited when I laid it on the back and looked at it because it was exactly what I wanted to complete this project! Moreover, it was the right size!
Of course, I wanted this to be a statement piece so I opted to paint it with a rich salmon-colored chalk paint. I love using this accent color in my office! It gives just enough of a “pop” to the room!
This project was SO easy! I simply applied two coats of chalk paint to the magazine rack and let it dry. Then I attached the sheet metal to the back with tiny wire nails.
That’s it! Talk about simple! Now I have a wonderful magazine rack to hang in my office! This was a gift to ME! 😉
I absolutely love how shiny the sheet metal is and how beautiful it looks with the salmon-colored chalk paint!
A Sheet Metal Tray – 2
The next big project I will be undertaking after the first of the year is to redo Mr. Man’s bathroom. In fact, I’ve already started gathering things to use in there. So when I saw the Diamond Tread aluminum sheet I knew I wanted to make a tray for his bathroom counter!
But in the meantime, it’s being put to good use in my dining room and it looks great! I love pieces that can be used for different purposes, don’t you?
This project was relatively easy as well. This time year, don’t we all like easy! I sure do!
- 1 – 12″x24″ Diamond Tread aluminum sheet
- 1 – pre-finished wooden shelf (FYI – the one I got was labeled as 12″x24″, but in reality was a tiny bit smaller; I guess to fit into a bookcase?)
- Wooden trim pieces to correct the size difference noted above (I used 1/2″x3/4″) – disregard if you can find a wooden shelf this is the correct size or if you make one the size you need
- Chalk paint for the trim pieces (I used the blue that I’m going to paint the bathroom cabinets with)
- Drill (use a bit the same size as the drawer pull screws)
- Tape measure
- 2 – drawer pulls for the tray handles (if you want to keep the industrial look of the tray, keep these simple)
- Self-adhesive felt pads for the bottom of the tray
- Jute trim
- Painters’ tape
- Metal hole punch
Creating the Tray
First, if you need to accommodate the size discrepancy as noted above, cut four pieces of trim to fit each side of the shelf. Paint them the color of your choice, then attach them with small brads along each edge. Touching up the tops of the brads with the paint.
Second, apply painters’ tape in the area where the drawer pulls will be on the tray. Then measure and mark the location for both handles on the tape. Then mark them on the sheet metal piece as well.
Third, add the holes to the sheet metal with the metal hole punch. Then carefully drill the holes for your handles on the shelf (the tape makes for cleaner drill holes).
Fourth, lay the sheet metal piece on top of the shelf and line up the holes. Then attach the handles to the tray and add the felt pads to the bottom*.
Lastly, to complete the look, apply jute trim with hot glue, around the edges of the wood where the sheet metal meets the trim. This should help to cover any sharp edges of the sheet metal and it provides a unique accent to the tray.
*FYI – I opted not to glue the sheet metal to the shelf as the handles hold it in place. If you prefer, you can glue it down. Also, since I didn’t want this to be super shiny, I used the back side of the diamond tread for the top of the tray!
A “Joy”ful Wall Hanging – 3
Y’all, this one was SO EASY and fun! For this project, I used the brass colored Cloverleaf aluminum sheet and 7/8″ wide red ribbon. That’s it! No long list of supplies. Other than a pair of scissors to cut the ribbon and hot glue.
If you’ve ever cross stitched, this is similar.
To create the ribbon border, first, find the length of ribbon you will need by measuring along all sides of the sheet using the ribbon itself, then add another couple of feet for the bow. Cut this length from the spool of ribbon.
Find the center point at the bottom, then take the ribbon and begin weaving it through the pattern. Leaving a tail of the ribbon where you started for the bow.
Decide how many holes you want to skip then repeat this pattern all the way around the sheet to create your border. With the remaining ribbon, make a bow at the bottom with the tail you left in the beginning.
Take more of the red ribbon weaving it into the sheet – similar to cross stitching, to spell out the word JOY! Use hot glue at the end of each piece of ribbon to hold it in place.
What’s great about this project is that it could be made for any season or holiday! Moreover, I like how simple this is and how it sums up Christmas in one sweet 3 letter word – JOY!
A Tin Punch Copper Sign – 4
I have to admit, this project was my favorite! This will be an early Christmas gift to my daughter and soon to be son-in-law on Thanksgiving! They have copper accents in their home so this will fit right in with their decor!
For this project, I used the gorgeous Copper colored sheet. This project was probably the most time consuming, but definitely worth the effort!
- 1 – 12″x24″ Copper colored aluminum sheet
- Metal hole punch
- Metal corner rounder
- Phillips head screwdriver (or item of your choice to make the tin punch pattern)
- Birch branch or wooden dowel
- Copper colored pinecone ornaments
- Floral picks
- Jute Twine
- Printed pattern for sign wording
- Hot glue
The directions are as follows:
Start by printing the message you would like to punch onto the sheet metal. Make sure it is big enough and in a font that you like.
Once it’s printed, tape it to the sheet metal (leave on the protective plastic that came on the sheet when purchased), centering it and lining it up correctly.
Next, make sure your work surface is protected (I used a piece of plywood with 2 layers of cardboard on top) that way you won’t damage the surface below when you start punching the sheet metal to create the lettering.
Decide how much space you would like to have between each punch you make, then you are ready to begin punching out your letters.
To create the punch, take the screwdriver, line it up with the letters on your pattern then begin gently tapping the handle of it with a hammer to create the design. After a few times, you will know how much force is needed to create the desired punch shape on the metal.
Start gently as you don’t want the screwdriver to go all the way through! I found that two to three light taps worked well for me.
Then repeat this until all of the letters have been completed. Remove the pattern and the protective piece of plastic to reveal your tin punched design. You will be amazed at how beautiful this looks!
Adding the Final Touches
Use the metal corner rounder on all four corners. Then use the hole punch at the top to create 5 holes to run jute through to attach the sheet metal to the branch. I opted for a birch branch, but a wooden dowel could also be used.
Next, attach the sign with jute twine to the branch. Don’t tie this too tight as you want it to hang from the branch. Then use a piece of jute to make a hanger for the sign.
Finish the look by embellishing the sign with ornaments, floral picks, and additional jute twine! I absolutely LOVE how this came out! It’s going to make a great gift.
Do you want to save this project for later? Then click the red Pinterest icon in the upper left corner of the image below to save it to one of your boards!
So What’s Next on the Blog?
I have several great projects coming up in December including a Christmas home tour! But at this time, I’m not sure what the next post will be about…check back soon or sign up for my newsletter so you never miss a post!
I do know that later this winter, I will be creating aluminum name tags for each of the 29 heirloom fruit trees, berry bushes and grape vines we ordered to start our orchard with at our tree farm. I plan on using one of these aluminum sheets to make them with!
DISCLAIMER: I received product compensation to complete these project from M-D Building Products, Inc. All opinions, projects, and ideas are based on my own experience. This is my honest opinion. Please see my disclosures page for more details.