After seeing the popular trend for copper and blush I thought I would like to show you my favorite DIY copper projects that are so stylish, maybe one can’t even realize they are not from top design shops. In fact all of the five projects shown in this post are super cheap, easy (or at least possible) to do, and lovely, I promise.
It would be great if all of us could afford one of iconic Tom Dixon Copper Shades (see the picture below – the “revealing” one regarding my next post) …or two, or three, or more. But unfortunately this is not the case. This is exactly the reason why I find these DIY projects so appealing: they make it possible for everyone to shuffle some posh copper into their homes. And who knows…maybe all the effort, time and energy put into the realization of a DIY project make that piece of furniture the most valuable treasure of our home in the end. I carefully selected five different projects that I found amazing, I hope you will like them and probably feel the courage to try to produce at least one of them.
Number one is ‘Ultraconductive‘ by New York and Berlin based designer Paul Loebach. This side table is made using copper tubing that you can buy easily from any local hardware stores. The tubes are cut, polished, lashed together with nylon ‘zip ties’, and finished off with a glass top. This piece of design is so smart that Christopher Stuart has selected it into his new book ‘DIY Furniture’ that features 30 designs by leading designer-makers from around the world. You can follow a step-by-step ‘how to make it from scratch’ video here.
Number two is also a polieder: an Icosahedron Light Fixture made of copper pipes too. What gave the inspiration for the ‘DIYer’ is the Block 2 light designed by Henry Pilcher. (This original one is made of wood.) This project seems a little bit more difficult to me for some reason but I suppose it is doable as well. For the detailed description by Brynne Delerson click here.
The following two are way easier to do, believe me.
Number three is a faux metal hexagon planter that you can make in a few minutes. The supplies are: scrap cardboard, measuring tape, scissors, copper contact paper and small plants of course. Follow the steps of the process and enjoy your cute little pots of your home in a jiffy.
Number four is an industrial copper and concrete clothes rack which might sound too complicated because of concrete, but it’s not hard at all I’m telling you! All you need is: 3 copper pipes (18mm), 2x 1.25m or 1x 1m, 2 copper pipe fittings (18mm), concrete mix, and two plastic boxes (20cm x 15cm). What you have to do is connect your pipes, then mix the concrete and fill it in the boxes. After that just wait until the concrete is tighter, not too fluid anymore and stick the pipe into the center. The pipe will hold by itself. Let it dry for a whole day, then put your clothes on it and be proud of your industrial style cool creation!
Last, but not least, number five is also a polieder side table, but I couldn’t decide which one I prefer Nº1 or Nº5, so please allow me to show you both. This DIY side table with himmeli base of copper pipe is again a bit challenging I’m not gonna lie. However, if you first look at the ‘ready’ side table, you’ll probably fall in love first and then start to figure out how you can manage… so I show the pictures in play back:
The materials needed are walnut veneer plywood, edge banding tape, clear poly twine (you will need about 40ft.), pipe cutter, (3) 10 ft. 1/2 in. copper pipe rods, (3) 1/2 in. copper pipe hanger, sander. See the full guide here.
Good luck with it! Me personally, I am considering doing either Nº1 or Nº5 with a faux marble table top, in my opinion it’s even hipper.