When coming home from my day job I pass a house that has all kinds of metal garden decor for sale on the front lawn. There are metal birds, trees, obelisks, and beautiful large metal flowers. I've also seen this metal garden art at craft shows, and it can be quite expensive.
I thought that I could make my own scaled down (and inexpensive) versions of the flowers by collecting some thrifted items and putting them together.
Here are my finished plate flowers.
This one is made up of a silver plated shallow bowl, a silver plated candy dish, and a silver tone flower brooch with a broken clasp.
This one includes a rhinestone brooch that I already had that doesn't have a clasp at all.
This one has a small diffuser bottle as its centre.
I glued the pieces together to make each flower with Marine GOOP adhesive, which is clear and used with boat repair. It's very strong and can withstand being outside. Then I needed something to use for the stems.
A few years ago we replaced our aging deck swing and we kept all the parts, some of which I used for the flower stems. They were perfect because they were already green and they had flattened ends. You could use any type of piping that you think will work. I had these on hard, and I like to reuse everything I can.
If you use another kind of piping just be sure to flatten the ends that you're gluing to the backs of the plates with a hammer for easier gluing.
I bent the ends slightly and glued them to the backs of the plates with the Marine GOOP. I taped them with Gorilla Tape to secure them just until they cured completely. I used paint cans to hold the stems up on the angles they needed to be while curing.
What I really love about these plate flowers is that no two will ever be alike because everything is thrifted. The possibilites are endless, only limited by my imagination.
I see many more plate flowers in my future. If this summer's heat and drought is any indication of the summers to come I may plant plate flowers in my gardens next year instead of real ones. LOL. At least I wouldn't have to water them. What do you think? Could you use some of these in your garden?
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