How’d your Valentine’s gift go over? Wait, you thought your sweetheart was serious when they said they wanted a low-key evening? Well, there’s still time to redeem yourself if your V-Day turned out more like D-Day. Here’s some perfect second-try gift ideas that you’ll actually enjoy making.
Did you know you can use your welding skills to create the perfect romantic gift using common welding supplies? Not only will this go a long way in showing her the time you put into her gift, but you can use your welding tools for fun instead of an ordinary work project.
Scrap metal can be turned into a beautiful arrangement of immortal flowers, for example, which could make what would be an easy project into an extravagant, thoughtful present.
At Welding Supplies by IOC, we’re your one-stop shop for everything you need in the world of welding, from working on extensive projects to crafting creative gifts for your significant other. We have all the equipment, accessories, tools, protective gear, consumables, and even gifts you would need to build, sculpt, or buy the best gift for a special occasion.
Why Is Welding A Gift For Your Significant Other A Good Idea?
If your partner is particularly difficult to shop for, it might be time to put your craftsmanship to good use and produce some romantic welding projects. Partners tend to love and appreciate homemade, hand-created presents, as long as you don’t cheap out on the materials, or even appear to give something cheap, you can knock this present out of the park by using your heart and your own two hands.
Time to reach deep down and find your flair for the romantic. You can weld flowers from almost any scraps you’ve got laying around, like nuts and bolts, nails and washers, or even the garden hose faucet and spoons. Try making several flowers that are slightly different from each other and give your special someone a bouquet that will never wilt.
If your sweetheart likes knick knacks, grab some bolts and horseshoes. Any railroad spikes you can get (legally) also work great. The curved shape of horseshoes means you can turn them into almost anything without having to spend the time bending the metal yourself. Think butterflies and hearts, or other things you know she would like.
Plasma cutting opens up a new level of possibilities when it comes to romantic projects. Just about any leftover scrap can become a sweet-looking candle holder that’ll project its mesmerizing scene across your walls when the lights are low. Think innovatively with your plasma cutters to turn any of your welding ideas into the perfect gift.
If your special someone wants something that doesn’t just look nice but also has some functionality, why not try a rugged desk lamp? Or how about an iPad stand that could survive a nuclear bomb (or a 3-year old child). Double up on your gift’s strength by making something she will like to look at but also can use for something practical in the future.
What If I’m New To Welding?
This could be your perfect opportunity to get familiar with welding for a good and wholesome purpose. Creating a meaningful gift is a great welding project for beginners, and with the right help and guidance, it could lead to a welding habit that will be useful in your life both at home and at work.
Small welding projects, including hearts, roses, sculptures, lamps, and other projects can make the perfect, simple gift that will help you own Valentine’s Day. Team up with an experienced welder in your friend group or family that can help you create an easy project that is sure to wow your partner when the gift-giving begins.
If you’re having trouble with your welding project idea, consider the small items you could craft out of sheet metal, scrap metal, or other common materials you can find for cheap in a number of different places.
What Items Do I Need To Create A Solid Welding Gift?
The first thing you need to consider when approaching welding for a gift or any other purpose is safety. It’s not romantic to need an emergency trip to the hospital a day or two before Valentine’s Day.
You’ll need an auto-darkening welding helmet, as well as a solid welding jacket, light and heavy duty welding gloves, a welding cap, several pairs of safety glasses, steel-toe shoes, and earplugs.
Fume-extraction solutions are also important to think about — you don’t want to breathe in what you’re welding. For more specific tools like the type of plasma cutters or welding table you’ll need, it depends on the project you’ll be taking on.
To determine the exact extent of the tools you’ll need for a specific project, refer to an experienced welding expert or check out our Top 5 Welding DIY Projects for potential materials. Below are some common welding gifts that have been created in the past:
- Candle holders
- Bumblebee or butterfly sculptures
- Jewelry like rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc.
- Ornaments for Christmas or other occasions
- A beer can holder or six-pack carrier
- A copper drinking mug for camping, perfect for coffee, beer, hot chocolate
- A vase or vase stand for flowers (get flowers on the way, too)
- Cupid’s bow and arrow statue
- A bird house
- DIY rock pendants
- Book ends
- Yard art or wind chimes
So just because Valentine’s is over, it doesn’t mean you can’t win a few extra points with a special, handmade gift. You’ll be surprised at how much she’ll like a gift you made yourself, and a homemade gift can switch it up if you buy each other gifts often. If you’re looking for more tips and tricks about artistic welding projects, check out these incredibly helpful post below: