Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Make Fake Wrought Iron

Wrought iron fences lend a creepy feeling to front lawn Halloween cemeteries and haunted house entrances. Wrought iron also makes elegant headboards and wall hangings. However, real wrought iron is expensive, heavy and unwieldy. You can save a lot of money and sore muscles by creating fake wrought iron at home.

Fake wrought iron can be painted to look like the real thing and stored to be used each year for Halloween or repainted easily to create a new element in your décor. It is also easier to hang than real iron since it is so much lighter.


1. Drill holes in two 1-inch by 3-inch wooden boards 6 inches apart all the way down their lengths. Use a ¼ inch drill to bore all the way through the wood. Gently brush away sawdust.

2. Cut as many 5-foot lengths of PVC pipe as you have holes in one board. For example, if you drilled 10 holes in each board, cut only 10 lengths of PVC pipe.

3. Push a length of PVC pipe through each hole in one of the boards. Adjust the pipes so 6 inches of each one sticks out of one side of the board. Push the longer ends of the pipes through the holes on the other board.

4. Glue a finial to the top of each PVC pipe. Let the glue dry for at least an hour. Wooden finials are small carvings that decorate the ends of curtain rods, bed posts and fences. They come in many styles; choose a style most appropriate for your purposes.

5. Spray paint the whole fence with gray spray paint as a primer. Let the first coat dry and apply a second coat if you see pipe or wood showing through. Once the grey paint is dry, spray the fence with one to two coats of black spray paint.

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