Whether you’re a weekend hobbyist welder, a blacksmith or a professional welder, horseshoes offer endless possibilities for useful metalworking projects. Horseshoe welding projects make great gifts, rustic home or barn decor pieces, garden art, sculpture and so much more.
This fun hobby can also evolve into a nice side hustle to make extra money selling your creations online, at a craft show or at events.
Horseshoes are plentiful and easy to find either from your local farrier or barn if you want to use repurposed shoes. They are also available new for a reasonable price at your local farm supply store or online. If you want to figure out what size shoe you need, here is a free craft size guide from Diamond Farrier Company.
I have put together a list of my favorite project ideas and I’m excited to share them with you. Some projects have detailed instruction, others have a video while others just feature an image to inspire you. So have fun and get welding!
Easy Horseshoe Welding Projects For The Beginner Welder
1. Wine Rack With 2 Wine Glass Holders
A must for every wine lover is this double bottle wine rack with wine glass holders. Follow these easy-to-understand instructions and you’ll weld a great piece for your kitchen counter or to give as a gift to your favorite wine enthusiast.
2. Boot Rack
Need a place to keep your boots organized at home or at the barn? This welded boot rack is the answer, and with these step-by-step instructions you’ll have the project completed in no time.
A horseshoe wreath makes a great home or barn decor item which can be customized in many ways with ribbon, fabric, flowers, paints and more. With these easy to follow instructions, you’ll be making them for yourself as well as friends and family in no time.
4. Horseshoe Hook
These hooks are handy to have just about anywhere at home or at the barn, and everyone could use more than one. In the video you’ll find complete instructions for the project and how to prep used horseshoes for repurposed welding projects.
5. Wall Wine Rack
This wine rack makes a great rustic wall decor piece and provides storage for 4 of your favorite bottles of wine. The video tutorial will take you step-by-step through the process to successfully weld this project.
This video’s demonstrator, Stephen Christena, is the author of the book Learn to Weld: Beginning MIG Welding and Metal Fabrication Basics. It’s a great resource for those wanting to learn to weld.
6. Horseshoe Bowl
These bowls can be used in so many ways throughout the house for a rustic decor or equestrian theme look. The video from Barbie the Welder will give you the guidance needed to successfully weld this project.
See more welding projects from Barbie the Welder in her book of Horseshoe Crafts.
7. Horseshoe Letters and Words
The possibilities for signage are endless when you learn how to create letters and numbers using horseshoes. Get started making fun and creative pieces by following these easy-to-understand instructions.
8. Simple Dutchoven Trivet Project
This easy trivet project makes the perfect accessory to one of a chef’s favorite pieces of kitchenware, the dutch oven. Find the step-by-step instructions here to weld this useful project.
9. Plant Arch
Here is a great project which would be a welcome addition to any garden. A unique garden arch with a hanging basket is flanked on both sides by standing planters.
10. Votive Candle Holders
Here’s a simple project for the beginner welder who wants to experiment with horseshoes. Besides being a great rustic or equestrian decor piece, they would also make a nice gift for the horse lover in your life.
11. Coat or Tack Rack
This piece will get used every day whether it be at home as a coat rack or at the barn as a tack rack. The rack can be adjusted to whatever length you need just by adding or subtracting shoes to the project.
12. Horseshoe Heart
Hearts make great gifts year round and are simple to make. They can also be customized with the addition of some ribbon, flowers or paint.
13. Angel Cross
The angel cross is a wonderful project to memorialize someone or a special 4-legged friend. You can customize it with items from your local craft store. Finish to your liking with paint, clear coat, or both.
14. Triple Bottle Wine Rack
This is a great starter welding project that would look great on anyone’s kitchen counter. Who doesn’t appreciate a nice, compact wine rack that is also filled with their favorite wines?
15. Double Shelf
Here’s a great idea that could be used inside as a display shelf or outside to hold a planter. Even better would be a grouping of several of these shelves for a great rustic look for your home.
16. Horseshoe Cross
Here’s a nicely designed basic cross that would make a great addition to anyone’s home or barn. So many possibilities exist to customize this popular welding project to your own personal taste. What a great gift it would make.
17. Curtain Tiebacks
What horse lover wouldn’t like to decorate their home with a set or two of these curtain tie backs? A simple but functional design makes this easy project a winner.
Ideas for Advanced Welded Horseshoe Projects
18. Multiple Hook Coat Rack
This coat rack takes the basic rack design up a notch by welding a frame around the shoes. It also includes an optional insert to give it a customized look. The video will take you through the process and you’ll have a unique piece that others will admire for years.
19. Business Card Holder With Nail Accents
Here’s a great project to start with if you are interested in adding nails to your projects. Horseshoe nails are the perfect accompaniment to add some personalized artist creativity to your projects.
The video will get you started welding nails and give you the confidence to try bigger projects.
20. Cross With Nail Accents
Push yourself artistically with the addition of nails to your horseshoe cross projects. Experiment with different cross designs and then add the nails to customize the designs to your own personal taste. The finished product is fabulous!
What horse lover wouldn’t love a horseshoe chandelier at their home or ranch? Use this design to inspire you and get creative with shapes and designs for your own custom chandeliers.
Here’s a great idea for a table base welded with horseshoes that could be used indoors or outdoors. Just add a top to your creation and you have a useful table that will last for years.
23. Fire Pit
Who wouldn’t like to have a horseshoe fire pit? A great welding project for the backyard or the cabin that will bring enjoyment for years to friends and family.
24. Plant Stand
This is a unique design for a plant stand that would make a wonderful focal point in an outdoor garden or indoors with a houseplant in it. Experiment with different heights and you could make a set of three for the garden for everyone to admire.
Here is a horseshoe welding project that will challenge your artistic skills and create a unique piece of garden sculpture at the same time. The cactus can stand alone as a sculpture or a trellis for your favorite vining plant in your garden.
Thank you for checking out my article on horseshoe welding projects. I hope you have gotten some ideas to inspire you to get started with this fun and rewarding hobby.
Be prepared for your first project by reviewing our list of horseshoe welding tools and supplies.
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