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Repurpose Old Nails To Make a Rusty Cross – Easy Gift Idea

One of the worst things about dismantling a pallet is taking those rusty, bent nails out without damaging the wood. It’s hard work and some of those critters just don’t want to budge. We keep all the nails in a huge tin and re-use them to create a wood stain. Just put them in a water and vinegar mix and wait a few days 😉 We’ve also added some of them to our eco-prints to create unique art pieces with the help of Mother Nature. Or you can turn  them into a rusty cross with this easy tutorial.

Rusty Nails More

Rusty Nails More

These are really easy to do and make lovely gifts too.

How To Make a Rusty Cross From Old Nails

To make a rusty cross you’ll need a whole bunch of old nails. Make sure they’re two different lengths. You’ll also need some copper wire and wire cutters.

What you need to make a rusty nail cross

What you need to make a rusty nail cross

Start off by making a small loop in the copper wire. Place the loop at the top of 2 long nails as shown below.

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Carefully wind the wire around the nails and the tail bit of the loop. Copper wire is really soft so you shouldn’t have any problems.

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Place the 2 shorter nails across the long nails. About 1/3 of the way down, and criss-cross the wire over the point where the nails meet.

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Continue winding the wire around the nails until the rusty cross is stable and the shorter nails don’t wobble around. Cut the wire and you’re done!!

These gorgeous rusty nail crosses are super easy to put together and make an ideal present. Full tutorial on the blog

Rusty nail crosses

It’s that simple. They don’t even take 5 minutes to make and they’re really easy to customise. Add a bit more wire around the ends or keep it simple. It’s up to you. We hung a rusty cross on a beautiful pallet off-cut and I love the stark contrast. If the nails are small enough they would look lovely as a pendant too. Just add a nice chain or a leather cord.

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I’d love to know what you think. Is it something you would try?

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What do you do with all those old nails?

If you’d like to make something similar or prefer to buy rather than DIY, we’ve got you covered Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more unique DIY and craft ideas for you 😉

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ADoor Men's Stainless Steel Nail Cross Pendant Necklace with 24 Inch Chain Polished Black
HZMAN Antique Nail Cross Stainless Steel Pendants Christian Necklace (Silver)

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Comments

  • Posted: March 7, 2019 14:09

    Cheryl

    Ok so I’m new to this kind of thing. I notice the jewelry wire says “Medium, half hard, round,soft,”. So can you please tell me what density I need before I purchase the wire. I think you said in another post you used 14g correct? I’m wanting to make about 40 of these for a church retreat! Thank you
    • Posted: March 7, 2019 14:57

      acraftymix

      Hey there Cheryl, the most important thing with the wire is that it's easy to bend by hand but still strong enough to hold the rusty nails together. A 14 gauge is perfect for something like this. You can read more about wire gauges in this post here - https://acraftymix.com/blog/2018/05/28/wire-art-tips/ Wishing you all the best for your church retreat and shout anytime if you need more info 💓
  • Posted: March 6, 2019 15:21

    Debbie

    They are absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing.
    • Posted: March 6, 2019 16:11

      acraftymix

      You are so welcome Debbie. I'm so happy you like them
  • Posted: November 11, 2018 03:31

    João Carvalho

    Hi! What gauge did you use for the copper wire?
    • Posted: November 12, 2018 04:51

      acraftymix

      Hi João, I used 14 gauge jewelry wire if I remember correctly
      • Posted: November 20, 2018 18:39

        Anonymous

        Thanks for replying!
        • Posted: November 21, 2018 03:32

          acraftymix

          You're most welcome João 🙂
  • Posted: October 16, 2018 14:08

    Dorothy

    Such a lovely idea. Thank you for sharing the tutorial
    • Posted: October 16, 2018 14:09

      acraftymix

      It's a huge pleasure Dorothy, glad you enjoyed it
  • Posted: January 12, 2016 11:26

    Stew

    Hmmm...I can even make me a unique necklaces ne!! :)
    • Posted: January 12, 2016 11:29

      acraftymix

      Yes you can 😉

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