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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.
  • setting the garden with flower plates, crafts, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
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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  • Jennifer Thompson
    Jennifer Thompson Barre, MA
    on May 25, 2016

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

  • Roxi
    Roxi Stanley, NC
    on Jun 13, 2016

    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
      Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage Canada
      on Jun 17, 2016

      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
    on Aug 10, 2016

    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!

  • Touchedpainter
    Touchedpainter Epsom, NH
    on Oct 15, 2016

    you can also paint just the recesses on the back side of the clear glass plates with glass paint then heat in the oven per directions on the paint, to make the paint permanent. I have left over very thin white fiberglass electric fence posts & have used copper tubing. several decades ago I copied the copper piping idea from a garden craft store on Cape Code using teacup/saucer/spoon, glued to a copper pipe end cap. Then after pounding the end into the ground set the cup/saucer/spoon glued to the copper end cap on the bottom of the saucer on the copper pipe. Can fill w/ seed/water for the birds. Take off the pipe in freezing weather. I always put the pipe hidden in the foliage so the cup/saucer/ & spoon glued to the saucer next to the cup look like it is setting on top of the foliage all by it's self.

  • S. form
    S. form Lafayette Hill, PA
    on Jul 1, 2017

    Yes. I love it!

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