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Setting the Garden With Plate Flowers

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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. I love that every flower will be one of a kind, and the possibilities are really endless.
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Here are my finished plate flowers, staked in the ground about 8-12" for stability..
  • setting the garden with flower plates, crafts, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
The middle plate flower is made with a silver plate shallow bowl, a silver plate candy dish, and a silver tone flower brooch with a broken clasp.
  • setting the garden with flower plates, crafts, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
This one was made with a silver edged plate, a small white scalloped dish, a yellow tea light holder, and a rhinestone brooch.
  • setting the garden with flower plates, crafts, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
And the third one was made with three glass pieces, a large 9" plate, a lovely candy dish, and a small diffuser bottle.
  • setting the garden with flower plates, crafts, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
The pieces were glued together using Marine Goop adhesive, and left to cure for 24 hours. Once cured I glued pieces of an old deck swing to their backs for stems.
  • setting the garden with flower plates, crafts, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
Once the stems were cured I just put them in the garden. The thing I enjoy most is that there's no watering required.
To see more garden art projects check out my blog at http://thriftyrebelvintage.com/

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  • Debbie
    Debbie Locust Grove, GA

    Love, love, love this......going thrift store shopping on senior discount day!!!!

  • Yvette Spicer
    Yvette Spicer Keno, OR

    I have a friend who's handy with welding ... I have saw blade sunflowers with a 4 ft green rebar stem. They need some touch up yellow paint, but they still look happy when there's snow on the ground.

    • Yvette Spicer
      Yvette Spicer Keno, OR

      @Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage - Thank you Tuula.

  • Jennifer Thompson

    So lovely!! Can't wait to try this one!

  • Roxi
    Roxi Stanley, NC

    Monday is looking like the best . I cannot wait to make these. What do you suggest for stems since I have no swing to Rob from. Lol

    • Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage

      Hi Roxi. I've also used copper piping, which can be found at any big box building centre. It comes in several sizes.

  • Maggie
    Maggie Lewisville, TX

    Has anyone tried the green garden support sticks that are plastic or PVC pipe? Can't tell from the picture for sure, but are the ends flattened? THANKS!

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