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. But those nails are worth saving because you make all kinds of things from them. We re-use them to create gorgeous eco-prints and they make the most adorable legs too 😉 They can also be repurposed into a rusty cross with this easy tutorial.

How to turn rusty nails into a cross. A great repurposing gift idea

These are really quick 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

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

It’s that simple. They don’t even take 5 minutes to make and they’re really easy to customize. 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 pretty 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?

And if you’re looking for more rusty nail repurpose crafts then don’t forget to check out this amazing roundup of 13 rusty nail craft ideas.

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