Every time I go to the hardware store I feel compelled to buy more gold hex nuts. They are so tiny and delicate. And the perfect shade of gold! Does anyone know (or care) what hex nuts are actually used for – other than crafting, that is? Yeah, me neither. Because it turns out that hex nuts – and other hardware store goodies – make lovely holiday decorations. Here are 3 ways to DIY ornaments with hardware supplies.
Hex nut snowflake DIY Ornaments
- Hex nuts
- E-6000 glue
Arrange hex nuts in snowflake pattern.
Glue together with E-6000 glue and let dry overnight. We first made these with hot glue and found that after a couple of days the hex nuts started to fall apart. The metal glue works much better.
Wall plate photo DIY ornaments
- Wall plate
- Piece of scrap paper
- Wing nuts
Insert the photo into the wall plate and cover the back with the scrap paper.
Attach the wing nut to hold the photo in place.
Electrical wire tree and name DIY Ornaments
- Colorful wire
Use the pliers to bend the wire into desired shape. For the tree, bend wire into small circles that get a bit wider each time the wire loops around. Then cut excess wire.
Wouldn’t those trees and names make cute gift toppers too? Now I’ll be compelled to buy electrical wire every time I pass Home Depot.8
Wow, the light switch frame looks good! Wouldn’t have taken a second look at it. Thank you for sharing!
Die HausFrau/Astrid says
Oh, I really like the wire tree! It’s so simple! What a great idea. 🙂
doro von Hand zu Hand says
very pretty! cool for men, i suppose.
I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!
♥, doro von Hand zu Hand
This are sooooo cool!! The wall plate frame is really creative. 🙂
I love the hex nut snowflakes! The hardware store is one of my favorite places to get supplies for crafty projects because it’s inexpensive and it forces you to think outside the box when you are creating.
– The Chilly Dog
Claire @ Claire K Creations says
I love them Stephanie! The silver stars would go perfectly on my tree.
Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies says
You and your hardware! These are so cool–I totally envy your creativity. Sometimes I go to Home Depot and stare at the hex nuts waiting for inspiration to hit, but it never does. 🙂
Those are so clever! The hex nut idea is so versatile for jewlery and other design knickknacks. Love it!
The wall plate photo frame is such a smart idea!!! Love it!
Rachel | 52 Weeks Project says
These are all so beautiful! I love the the wall plate as a picture frame the best, very clever!
These are awesome! I really love the light switch frame – so clever!!!
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Caitlyn Bell says
Wow…..what a lovely idea! I’m sure you making it sound easier than it was.
So very creative and cute! Love!
:)) These are great ideas. I especially like the snowflake ornaments.
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Debi Peters says
Love those hex nut decors. An idea is already forming in my head on another DIY decor that can be done using those hex nuts! 🙂 Thanks for these!
Alex Trodder says
I love projects that are fun and simple enough for children to do as well. The fact that all of these supplies can be found in any hardware store makes it that much more accessible. I like the your idea of using hex bolt to create snowflakes. The hexagon is the natural configuration for the hydrogen bonding that takes place when water molecules freeze. You could use it to make a craft and teach about nature as well. Thanks for the idea.
Love how the wire was used! I’ve been meaning to try crafting with wire, and this is perfect for the holidays!
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I have had great luck using Super Glue easy squeeze gel in lots of different craft applications.