Setting the Garden With Plate Flowers

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2 Hours

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..

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.

If you enjoyed this project you can find more DIY garden flower projects on my blog here.

Suggested materials:
  • Misc dishes   (thrift store)
  • Marine Goop Adhesive   (home improvement store)
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  • Georgia Georgia on Aug 19, 2019

    What did you use for the posts?

  • Sco49585167 Sco49585167 on Oct 08, 2020

    How do u get what you need for stems for the glass plate flowers

  • Mma50569327 Mma50569327 on Dec 01, 2021

    I have loads of old colored glass and plates, etc. do you know anyone that buys these items to make for their projects and business?

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  • Lisa J. Lisa J. on Feb 13, 2019

    Love this idea! Definitely going to do this once we move! Thanks sooooooo much!

  • Sylvia Markle Sylvia Markle on Nov 07, 2019
    Love it. I have a small garden with no plants lol. I don't have a green thumb. This will be great .THANK YOU