Repurposed Glassware=Garden Topiaries (easy project)


We all have those vases and bowls hanging around. You know, the ones you get flowers in, but then just put in the cupboard. I have the perfect solution for all of those, and it will help "prettify" your garden or flower bed. For more pictures see my blog post-Repurposed Glassware (totems and more) http://bit.ly/Lws0Y1
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This is my "totem". I've had it outdoors for several years now. It's held up really well except for the "ladder" incident last fall while a helpful neighbor was helping me clean out the gutters.
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These are the tools you'll need. I use GE II Silicone for Windows and Doors (clear) with a caulk gun.A level will come in handy to make sure your totem doesn't lean.
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Wash and dry (thoroughly) your glassware. I suggest you let your vases and such dry overnight. If you have ANY moisture inside, it will be sealed inside once you apply your sealant.
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apply your silicone to one of your pieces, then add your next piece to it.
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remove the excess silicone with your finger or a paper towel. *tip* I generally glue two pieces together, while gluing another two pieces together. After those four pieces set up overnight, then I glue the two (or 3) sets together.
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*tip* to keep water from standing in your plates, turn them upside down. I like to separate my large vases and such with clear plates. A microwave plate makes a great base piece.
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You can use a plate on top right side up to make a bird feeder or a birdbath.
Gail--My Repurposed Life

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  • Peggy Schillings
    on Jun 23, 2013

    Let your ideas flow!!!!! think outside the box and go for it!!!!! surprise yourself of what you can do the dishes and glue. lay it all out, then go for it and glue the pieces together and smile all the way. like a small child====look what I made????? grab your coffee and and hail a big----- YEA!!!!!! I did it!!!!!! lets do something else!!!!!!!!

  • FROM THE BOG
    on Mar 25, 2015

    My sister and I have made beautifully tasteful multi-purpose (garden or baking display) glass sculptures. At a recent Seedy Sunday event we offered them as possible purchases to the visitors. Much to our dismay there were no takers, a.k.a. buyers. Our gardens will be resplendid in wondrous glass this summer. Am seriously thinking of putting them in my Etsy store... klikityklak .... the pieces can join the other glass on offer.

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