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Setting the Garden With Plate Flowers

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.
Here are my finished plate flowers, staked in the ground about 8-12" for stability..
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.
This one was made with a silver edged plate, a small white scalloped dish, a yellow tea light holder, and a rhinestone brooch.
And the third one was made with three glass pieces, a large 9" plate, a lovely candy dish, and a small diffuser bottle.
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.
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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  • Eclectically Vintage - Kelly
    Eclectically Vintage - Kelly New York, NY
    on Aug 26, 2012

    How fun - just another excuse for me to buy even more plates from the thrift shop!

  • Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage
    Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage Canada
    on Aug 27, 2012

    I know! I keep a list in my purse so I can remember everything I'm looking for when I'm thrifting. The memory's not what it used to be. lol.

  • Bernice H
    Bernice H Woodburn, OR
    on Feb 7, 2013

    I love these also. I am just wondering how heavy the plates are, i tried mine and they seemed heavy, so i am waiting for more instruction or nerve!

  • Flora
    Flora Inverness, FL
    on Feb 7, 2013

    These are great.. will definitely try these when I get time for my new place.. tks for sharing

  • Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage
    Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage Canada
    on Feb 8, 2013

    Hi Bernice: I did keep the pieces that I used on the lighter side. I know some china can be quite heavy. The GOOP adhesive is very strong as long as you follow the instructions and let it set long enough. Also, the staking in the ground is super important. You need to make sure they go in deep enough so they can stand up to wind and weather. My flower plates were out until November (we have snowy winters here) and are in fabulous shape. If you're nervous about it try using some plates you don't really care about that much first... as a trial run. That way you can see what works. Good Luck! Tuula

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