Settle In by The Fireplace With This DIY Log Holder
Cozy up to the fireplace this fall with this DIY firewood holder. Created from 2 tomato cage circles, the end result will give your fireplace and living room a mid-century inspired feel on a major budget! Finish off with high gloss spray paint and leather cord to make your firewood holder the trendiest piece of storage around!
What You'll Need:
- 2 equally sized tomato cages
- Heavy duty wire cutters
- Metal file
- Side cut pliers
- Welding epoxy with hardener
- Tongue depressor
- Small piece of cardboard
- Super glue
- Leather cord
- Black spray paint
- Wood block
Step 1: Cut the top circle and adjacent prongs off each tomato cage (make your cuts approximately half way between the top and second circles).
Step 2: Cut off two of the prongs (top or bottom), leaving 2 prongs on each circle. Make even cuts for both prongs on both circles.
Step 3: Line up the 2 circles so that the prongs overlay on top of one another.
Step 4: Tape the prongs in place towards the out portion of the circle to prep for welding.
Step 5: Mix the welding epoxy and hardener with a tongue depressor on a piece of cardboard. Use the tongue depressor to apply the epoxy to the metal prongs that have been taped together. Let dry for at least a few hours or according to the directions on the back of the bottle (here we used a quick drying epoxy that only took a couple hours but most can take up to 12 and may need to sit overnight).
Step 6: Use a black high gloss spray paint to paint all the metal. Apply as many coats as needed to get your desired coverage. Let dry for about an hour or according to the directions on the back of the bottle.
Step 7: Once the spray paint is dry, attach the top of the two circles together and wrap with leather cord. Use super glue to glue the cord in place and keep the top together. If desired, you can also add leather around the two prongs at the bottom that you welded together. It will help reinforce the bond of the prongs.
Stabilize the firewood holder by setting it on a wooden block. Cut the block to desired dimensions (wide and long enough to set the holder onto- use your holder to obtain measurements) yourself or have someone at the hardware store make the cuts for you. Here we used a piece of rustic barn wood to stay consistent with the neutral material trend.
Once the piece is finished, fill it up with firewood and stage by the fireplace to cozy up your decor of those cold winter months ahead!