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How to Make a Garden Art Dish Flower

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The most difficult part of making a plate or dish flower is finding the pieces to put it together. I find all of my pieces at thrift stores, garage sales etc.
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Once you have some pieces that you'd like to use the actual assembly of your dish flower is pretty easy.
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For this dish flower I'm using a vintage 9" silver plate tray bottom from a tiered stand, a large but low glass bowl, a blue decorative bowl, and a flower shaped candle holder.
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So first the glass bowl gets glued on.
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Always apply the glue to the raised parts of the bottom of each piece or they won't adhere well if at all.
Hopefully you can see in this pic that the glue is applied to the raised outside edge of the bottom.
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Once each piece is down just wiggle it in place a bit to make sure there's a good connection between the pieces.
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The candle holder also had raised parts on its bottom so that is where the glue was applied.
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And again wiggle a bit once put in place.
Here's the glue I use... Marine GOOP adhesive. It's used in boat repair and is UV and water resistant. I've heard that E6000 works well also, but I've never used it for outdoor projects.
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Tape all the pieces with painters tape for about 30 minutes so they don't move. Believe me that can happen.
Remove the tape, and let your dish flower cure for about 24 hours in a cool place. This is important, the glue won't cure properly in hot and/or humid conditions.
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I find stainless steel tablespoons for 10 cents each at my local thrift store. The spoon should be flattened and bent like above.
Decide where the top of you dish flower will be at the front and glue the spoon accordingly on the back.
Tape the spoon in place and let it cure for about 24 hours. It needs to be fully cured before you place it into the pipe to display in your garden.
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Before you glue the spoon make sure the end is not too wide for whatever pipe you're going to use. I use 1/2" or 3/4" copper pipe, but any pipe you have around will work. Just make sure your spoon handle will fit.
Once your dish flower is cured place the spoon into the pipe, which should be inserted into the ground about 10-12" to give it strength on windy days.
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When picking pieces for your dish flowers take into account what it will look like from the sides.
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The best thing about a dish flower is there's no watering required.
If you have cold and snowy winters dish flowers should be safely stored out of the elements to keep them looking good.
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I added a vintage cufflink as the centre of the flower.
Now that you see how easy it is I hope you'll make one to decorate your own garden.
The possibilities are really endless. To see a few examples of others I've made please pop over to my site using the link.

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  • Carla
    Carla Canada

    I LOve this idea. I have wanted to do this since I first saw them in Phoenix. You are the BEST !!!!

  • Barbara
    Barbara Fort White, FL

    This is great, I have made these flowers before, had my husband drill holes in center of plate, to assemble , now i'll do this thanks

    • Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage

      @Barbara Thanks Barbara. I was never brave enough to try to drill holes and using a spoon is so much easier. The only thing is to make sure the spoon handle will fit inside whatever pipe you use for a stem.

  • Ginny Lawton
    Ginny Lawton Montclair, CA

    I tried the E6000 glue it didn't work well here in sunny California! will try the marine stuff next time. like your idea of a spoon on the back . I used a salt or pepper shaker and painted rebar so I could jus lift on and off very sturdy once

  • Shumans UpCycled

    I've had great success making and selling hundreds over the past 8 years with e6000 here in California. It takes a process you can't just put glue on and stick it together. The day's temps play a huge part in the process. Good luck! It's been great

  • Shumans UpCycled

    I've had great success making and selling hundreds using e6000 here in San Diego. It does take a process and the daily temperature plays a huge part. You can't just glue and stick. Shuman's UcCycled.

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