Crafts Projects Using Old Metal Roofing

Reuse that metal roofing from an old barn to fuel creativity.
Reuse that metal roofing from an old barn to fuel creativity. (Image: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Before you haul off that barn or shed you've just torn down, try recycling the materials from the metal roof to decorate your home or outdoor lounging area. Crafts projects made from metal roofing, if painted, will require paint that adheres to metal. Specific tools may also be required, such as metal snips and metal stamping tools.

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Wall Art

Wall art from sheet metal or metal roofing can be made several ways. Create welcome signs for your home by cutting the sheet metal and painting the sign with a welcome message to greet guests as they enter your home. Cut picture frames out of metal to frame favorite photographs or art. For someone that has experience working with metal cut out different shapes and hang them on a wall in your home to create a focal point in a room. You can paint the metal pieces or leave them in their original form to create a rustic feel in your home.

Yard Art

Add a little character to your garden or anywhere in your yard by creating yard art with your roofing metal. Create a bird feeder or bird house with a couple of small pieces of roofing metal or you can bend and punch the metal to create little decorative embellishments for your garden, such as butterflies and dragonflies. More experienced metal fabricators can decorate and emboss the metal with various metal tools for a more decorative look.

Magnetic Board

Roofing metals are magnetic and can be cut and bent to create a magnetic board that serves a purpose in a home, office or garage. You can paint the metal to match the decor in a room or frame the piece of metal for a decorative, but useful item in your home. Roofing metal also makes a great back splash for kitchen stove and serves two purposes: keeping your walls clean and grease free and holding your dinner recipe where you can see it while you're cooking.

Candle Votives

This project will require special tools, but the hard work is worth the effort when you see your candles illuminating through the metal. You will need to cut four pieces of metal the same size, however tall or wide is needed for the candle you will be placing inside. You can also cut a piece of metal wide enough so that you can wrap it around the candle.Punch holes and designs into the metal using metal fabrication punches and weld metal pieces together if necessary. Slip the votive over a candle and place on a mantle, around a bath tub or outdoors for a relaxing effect.


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