All you need to make these sweet little fork flowers are some cocktail forks… 3 washers, some Marine GOOP adhesive (I hear E6000 works also, but I’ve never used it), and a few decorative bits for embellishment.
I just love that word… embellishment, because it means to make things prettier… and I’m always up for trying to make things prettier.
Last year I made garden flowers using silver and gold plated spoons, and you can see that post here.
When I found three sets of six cocktail forks for $1 at the thrift store… I knew right away that they could also be made into flowers… somehow. I just had to figure out how.
These small forks have plastic handles and I believe they’re from the 50s or 60s. They’re marked Made in Japan, and I think they’re just adorable
It took me a few days to decide what I was going to do, and then I was so excited to get started that I didn’t take a photo with all the forks together first… so above are the pink ones with 5 of them already bent.
To make the pink flower I bent the metal stems with pliers.
Then I curled the very pointy tines so that nobody (cats, wildlife, or humans) gets impaled when checking them out in the garden.
I found a washer the right size and glued the forks to it.
Each set of forks was bent a little differently so each flower is unique.
After curling the tines I bent the black forks right where the metal meets the plastic stems.
Here’s my black flower curing.
You can see half of the pearls that I glued on as embellishments (there’s that lovely word again), and hiding the washer was an extra bonus.
I used Marine GOOP adhesive for this project, as I do in all my garden art projects.
It’s meant to be used on boats, and it’s UV and water resistant.
I get mine at WalMart, but it can probably be found at big box home reno stores as well.
And here are my finished cocktail fork flowers… the only flowers in the garden right now. It’s hard to see the 3D effect on camera, so I’ve included some closeups below that hopefully shows that better.
For the pink flower I simply embellished the centre with one large pearl.
You can see that we have some red sedums showing themselves in the rocks.
The rock garden is the first garden to come to life in the spring.
To make the blue flower I bent the forks the opposite way of the pink and black flowers so the pattern on the fork handles was at the back, and I curled the tines inward instead of outward.
I embellished the blue flower with a vintage slate grey earring with pink rhinestone edging.
I just glued the forks onto a washer the same way as the other two flowers.
I embellished the black flower with a vintage pearl and rhinestone earring as the centre.
And added the rest of the pearls to embellish it off.
And here they are again, embellishments and all… this time in the rock garden.
These fork flowers were sooo much fun to make, and pretty easy too. I love having little whimsical surprises popped here and there in the gardens and planters.
All the embellishments are from my vintage jewelry stash of damaged and or imperfect pieces. I keep these around for projects just like this.
These cocktail fork flowers are the perfect size for a planter or a small garden… wherever you’d like to add a little touch of fun.
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