Make a Metal Art Wreath

5 Materials
1 Hour

I've been playing around with old rusty barb wire and just finished making a wreath. This will look great hanging in my house.

Since the "before" picture is kind of ugly, here's what my wreath looked like when it was finished.

Here's the length of old wire I had to work with. I wore leather gloves to handle the wire. I coiled it into a circle as best I could.

I wound the end around the wire, you can see it at the bottom of the photo. I left several inches, because I will use that to make the wreath hanger later.

You can see the circle is pretty floppy, but here's how I fixed that.

I cut lengths of tie wire about 4 inches long. I grabbed the coil of wire and bent one piece of wire around the circle.

Using pliers, I gathered and twisted the two ends of that tie wire and started cinching it until it was tight.

You can read more of these pickier details over here on our site. Earlier I made this Metal Art Star with the same technique.

I did that four times on that circle, everywhere I needed to get the wires tightened together. You can cut the ends of any extra tie wire or just bend it into the barb wire.

For the hanger, I just bent the tail back and twisted it around the wreath.

Add some flowers or ribbons and the metal art wreath is done. I may hang it on our porch or maybe on the tall wall in our stairwell.

Want to see how we fixed up the ugliest stairwell you have ever seen?

Seasonally, I can change up the decorations if I like. This is a fun and easy project to add a rustic touch to your decor.

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1 question
  • Lucy
    on Sep 15, 2019

    How do you keep this from scratching up the paint on your door?

    • Melinda Record
      on Aug 17, 2020

      Maybe applying a clear, silicone caulking to the sharp points would create a safe scratch buffer?

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  • Melinda Record
    on Aug 17, 2020

    I absolutely love this metal, barbed wire, rustic wreath! Creating it requires care and patience, but the results are well worth the efforts!! [Your instructions are great.]

    Thank you very much for sharing!

  • Linda W
    on Aug 22, 2020

    Clever idea but I would add more flowers maybe with a bit of twine.

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