Rivets not only serve the function of securing a seam, they are also a visual element, creating little staccato-like points along an edge. Rivets can be used in all types of materials, including leather, metal and cardboard. If you just got a new rivet punch and are dying to try it out, a few basic craft projects that utilise rivets will help get you started.
Use box rivets to build planar constructions out of used cardboard boxes. Types of constructions include scale-size castles, barns, spaceships, pyramids, skyscrapers and even full-size lemonade stands. To make these constructions, cut each section, or plane, of cardboard with flaps to create slightly overlapping seams. Secure the seams along the overlap with rivets. Add colour to your creation with craft paints.
Turn a boring belt into a dazzling accessory with rivets. Use plain stainless steel or copper rivets, or get creative with button stud or spike rivets for a punk rocker look. Crystal rivets come in a wide variety of colours and resemble rhinestones. If you are interested in working with leather, take this craft one step further and make the belt yourself. Leather tools, belt buckles and other materials for making belts or generally sold alongside rivets.
Number Plate Mailbox
A number plate mailbox is a unique craft that utilises unexpected materials. Simply rivet old number plates to a plain, metal mailbox. It is fun to go foraging for number plates at an automotive salvage yard, and number plates from lots of different states make eclectic mailboxes. Cut the number plates to fit and bend them to wrap around the curved top of the mailbox. File down sharp cut edges for safety. Drill rivet holes with a metal bit and use pop rivets to secure the number plates. Cut the mailbox flag out of a number plate. As a final touch, bolt a funky knob or handle to the mailbox door.
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