Hardware Deco – DIY Ornament #2

DIY Ornament - Hardware Deco

Welcome to Day #2 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments.

30 Days of Designer DIY Ornaments at HomeWorkshop

Today, we’re staying with the industrial look, with an Art Deco twist. So if you haven’t picked up the wire yet for yesterday’s ornament, toss a few more things in your hardware store basket.

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Hardware Deco

Hardware Deco will add shine to your tree.

Hardware Deco DIY Ornaments

Hardware Deco ornaments are easy to make and I fashioned five in less than an hour of working time. I could have whipped out more if I bought more washers. I recommend this as an adult project because of the adhesive.

Materials for Hardware Deco DIY Ornaments

Materials and Tools:

  • Assorted stainless steel flat washers. I used a variety of these sizes:
    3/8″, 1/4″ & #10.
  • Adhesive or epoxy to bond metal to metal (get advice from your hardware store’s rep. on what’s best)
  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cotton balls
  • Thin silver-toned wire to hang the ornaments (I used 28-gauge galvanized
    steel wire.)
  • Wire cutter

1. Work in a very well-ventilated area, outdoors if possible.

2. Arrange your washers on your covered working surface, in a pattern to your liking. I went with a two patterns in a Deco look. When joined, the washers will be layered over the bottom part of the previous washer, cascading down.

3. Using the cotton ball and a little polish remover, clean the washers to make them free of grease or dirt. Let dry for a couple minutes

4. It’s too awkward to glue all the washers together at once. It’s best to bond pairs of washers to start. Follow your adhesive’s instructions. For mine, applied a scant-pea-sized spot of adhesive with a cotton swab, then held the washers together with my finger on top for about a minute. Then I went off to do housework and let them dry for 15-20 minutes.

Adhesive on a Cotton Swab

A Spot of Adhesive

Bond Two Washers Together

Here are the bonded pairs of washers.

Washers Bonded in PairsWashers Glued in Pairs

5. Join the pairs together, bonding as you did in step 4.

Adhesive Applied Ready to Bond Two Pairs of Washers

Glue Two Pairs Together

6. Bond the final washer(s) to your ornament.

Last Washer

7. Let your adhesive cure for the recommended time on your package directions.

8. Add a wire tie. For this I cut a 10″ piece of wire and looped it through the top washer, then tightened.

The Wire Tie

Thanks for popping in on Day #2 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments! Chime in with your feedback and please share your photos of your completed ornaments & tree with us!

Tomorrow, join us for Day #3 as we soften things up…

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