Repurposed Whisk Flower
One of my favorite things to create during the non-winter months are repurposed flowers, and this whisk flower has to be one of the easiest flowers to make.
If your gardens are like mine and not showing many real flowers yet then a project like this would add a touch of much needed color and fun.
All you need for this project is an ordinary large wire whisk.
You need to use one that also had a metal handle like in the pic.
So you can bend it.
To do this hold it down with one hand and bend the whisk part up with the other.
Wear work gloves if that makes it easier.
I decided to get rid of the metal loop at the end of the whisk. This is easily done with pliers just by bending it back and forth until it breaks off.
This is so it’s easier to get the stem into a pipe when your project is done.
If you don’t want to break it off you could use the pliers to squish it to make it less wide.
Creating your Whisk Flower
Just like with my repurposed gutter strainer flowers, you’re going to do some bending of the wire to create petals.
The best way to do this is to hold the top of the stem just below the whisk area with one hand, and pull each whisk part out as you’re also pulling them down.
This helps the wire bend flatter in the center area.
It should look something like this when you’re done.
You can totally leave it like this or pouf it up like I’m doing. It’s just about what you like best.
And here’s my finished flower after I’ve poufed the petals, which can be shaped however you like.
Don’t worry about the petals perfectly matching each other. Real flowers aren’t perfect so this one doesn’t have to be either.
I pulled off the spiral casing and put a little E6000 glue inside and put the casing back on.
Even though the wire ends are all welded together, this makes the flower nicer to handle.
Spray Painting your Whisk Flower
The next step was to spray paint my flower pink, but you can paint yours any color you love.
Make sure you use a spray paint and primer combo that lists metal on the can as one of the surfaces that it’s meant for.
For the center of the flower I spray painted a metal drawer knob that I had in my stash bright yellow.
I glued it in using e6000 glue and let it cure for 24 hours.
Here’s how my flower looks in the spring garden, which is just starting to show signs of life. Things are very late here this year.
And just like with my repurposed tulips I used 1″ pvc pipe for my stem that I spray painted green.
And here’s how it looks against the yellow brick wall of our century old house.
I made the pink flower a few colorful companions, and planted them against a wooden fence.
These repurposed whisk flowers are a quick and easy project that can easily be changed up depending on what color you use and what you use for the center.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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