The Copper Coil Vase
There’s no doubt about it: metallic have the power to elevate almost anything to glamorous new heights. Specific metallic finishes–just like colours and patterns–come in and out of style when it comes to home decor. Brass was the big thing in the 1980’s, followed by cool metals such as silver in the late 90’s. Now, almost anything goes when it comes to metals; mixing metals and finishes is even encouraged.
That being said, however, copper is definitely having its moment to shine.Copper’s rosy glow complements lots of colour palettes. It contrasts beautifully with jewel-toned blues and greens, and warms up lighter hues like Rose Quartz and Serenity. When copper couples with black and white, it has a modern appeal.
While spray paint is one of the quickest ways to give objects a metallic glow, copper materials–unlike gold–have the added advantage of being relatively inexpensive and easy to find. A trip to your local hardware store, in fact, will yield copper wire, coil, tape, pipe fittings, and even contact paper that will help you transform humble items into chic home decor. Here are thirteen project ideas to inspire you.
Copper Coil Vase
Copper coil pipe from the plumbing section of the hardware store can inspire loads of project possibilities, and a five-foot length costs less than ten dollars. Here, it’s simply wound around a simple glass cylinder vase (you can pick these up at the dollar store) to give it style that only looks expensive. One single green leaf makes a contemporary, organic statement.
Copper Coil Sculpture
Have leftover copper coil from the above project? Great! Twist it into a free form shape to make an object d’art that will add style to a coffee table or bookcase. Give it height by placing it on top of a stack of books.
Copper Fridge Magnets
Coat those primary-coloured alphabet fridge magnets with copper spray paint so your kids can enjoy playing with them, and you can enjoy looking at them.
Copper Edged Mirror
A frame less round mirror is elevated to style maker status by adding copper tape to its edge. Tape like this can be found in the garden section of hardware stores (believe it or not, it deters snails and slugs), and also at most craft stores as a common supply for making stained glass.
Glass and Copper Coasters
Protect surfaces from the damage cold and hot drinks can cause with a DIY set of coasters made from sandwiching decorative paper (you could also use photographs) between two squares of glass. These have edges sealed with copper tape to give them a sophisticated, store-bought look.
Copper Faux Bevelled Mirror
Here’s another project to make with copper tape. This inexpensive dorm-room-type mirror received a major face lift. Copper tape applied to its edges and on the mirror itself creates a bevelled look that would fool the most discerning eyes.
Copper Pipe Magazine Rack
The hardware aisle has become prime hunting-ground for do-it-yourself home decorators. Copper pipe and plumbing fittings are especially versatile materials for making trendy home decor. This sling, for instance, is made from a pair of old jeans and copper plumbing supplies. It will work hard to support your magazine habit, and look great, too!
Copper Pipe Plant Stand
This mid-century modern plant stand is a dead-ringer for designer versions from retailers such as West Elm. With just a few plumbing supplies and tools, you can give your houseplants a boost, getting them off the floor and closer to natural light sources. As an added bonus, copper looks great with green.
Copper Fitting Napkin Rings
Add a trendy touch to your table with these copper cuffs fashioned from–you guessed it!–copper pipe. Napkin holders this pretty will steal the spotlight and make even simple linen napkins look special. (Just be sure to sand the edges of the pipe first so it won’t snag material or injure your fingers!)
Copper Wire Leaf Sculptures
Copper wire–which is much thinner than copper coil and can be found in the electrical aisles of hardware stores–is also malleable and useful for making all kinds of things. These leaf-like sculptures would lend organic elegance to a mantel, or add interest to built-in bookcases.