6 DIY home design projects you can make with scrap metal in Edmonton

Scrap metal often ends up in the Edmonton landfill or gets sent to the recycling depot, but with a little bit of creativity and determination, you can turn any piece of scrap metal into an eye-catching piece of art. Whether you’re going for a rustic, country look or an edgy, steampunk vibe, you can create a unique, one of a kind piece with these six DIY scrap metal projects.


1. Washing machine drum stool 

Do you have an old washing machine that’s no longer working? Remove the drum and make yourself a one of a kind footstool or chair. Use wood and thick foam to create the seat and attach casters to the bottom for feet.

2. Bicycle gear coasters
Take used bicycle gears and turn them into conversation-starting coasters. Clean your gears to remove all grease, dirt and grime and allow them to dry. Then simply cut a thick piece of felt cloth in the same size as the gear and glue them together.

3. Repurposed rebar
Take old pieces of rebar and create a rustic, but stylish railing. Pair with recycled wood for a look that’s all about style and sustainability.

4. Picture frames that are worth a thousand words
Cut worn out or rusted corrugated iron roofing sheets into small squares and attach to the back of a wood frame for an interesting wall piece. Spray paint in the colour of your choice or enjoy the natural beauty of wood and metal.

5. Put metal pipes to good use
Thin metal pipes can be repurposed to make beautiful towel racks. Attach to the wall and pair with a board of recycled wood for a rack that’s chic and totally functional.

6. Save your forks and spoons
Old forks and spoons with intricately designed handles can be repurposed in a number of ways. They’re fairly flexible and can easily be bent and shaped to create unique napkin rings, coat hooks, wind chimes and more.

If you have unwanted scrap metal on your property, don’t just throw it away. Metals can easily be turned into a great piece of art or recycled and made into other products. Bring your scrap metal into General Recycling Industries in Edmonton today and turn your trash into cash!

Contact us to learn more about scrap metal recycling or to inquire about our commercial and industrial bin services in Edmonton. We accept any quantity of metal, big or small, and are firmly committed to using sustainable metal recycling practices for a cleaner, greener earth. General Recycling Industries, we’re your one-stop metal recycling shop.