10 Craft Projects Using Hardware Cloth

Get your wire snips and gloves ready, and dive into one of these fun, unique projects utilizing a favorite of the DIY crowd: hardware cloth!

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Hardware cloth, although a bit unwieldy (and more than a little bit stabby if you're not careful), is a versatile, useful material that can be used for so much more than landscaping projects. Last week, we talked about the simple little basket Karen made out of hardware cloth, and it made me think about the roll of the stuff I have sitting in my utility room; what could I do with it? Here are ten ideas:

1. Make a framed piece of living art with some wood scraps, hardware cloth, and some soil and succulents; here's a great tutorial on Better Homes & Gardens.

2. Vilma Farrell from Lampada uses all sorts of recycled paper plus hardware cloth to make some really unique, beautiful lampshades; via All Things Paper.

3. Instead of glass in an open cabinet, try this rustic eclectic look, courtesy of Tal Goldstein on Houzz.

4. Use hardware cloth to fill in the bottom of a concrete block to create a modular planter for your porch or patio. This planter is part of the cinder block planter bar from Kristen, seen on Design*Sponge.

5. Sherry and John from Young House Love made a wire-and-clothespin chandelier for their laundry room, and I gave the idea a spin last summer in my workroom.

6. Deanna from It's Just Me used hardware cloth to make these vintage locker baskets.

7. Make flower arranging a snap with a wire frog built into the lid; Amy at Four Corners Design shows you how!

8. Use hardware cloth like Kate from Centsational Girl did to fill in the back of a potting bench, and instantly have lots of vertical space to hang tools.

9. Adina from My Simple Country Life made a lovely hanging flower vase with a rustic feel using an old frame and hardware cloth.

10. Grab an old frame and a staple gun, and make your own pretty jewelry holder; Julie Ann has a simple tutorial.

(Images: lead, Sarah Dobbins. 1. Vilma Farrell, 2. Better Homes & Gardens, 3. Tal Goldstein on Houzz, 4. Kristen from the hunted interior, 5. Sarah Dobbins, 6. Deanna from It's Just Me, 7. Amy at Four Corners Design, 8. Kate from Centsational Girl, 9. Adina from My Simple Country Life, 10. Julie Ann Art.)

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