How to Make Tulips out of Repurposed Whisks
These tulips made out of repurposed whisks are a quick and easy project that will add a bit of fun to any garden.
I’m finally getting into the gardening mode here. How about you?
Some plants are really starting to push themselves out of the ground now, and it’s so awesome to see.
Not many flowers yet though because our chippies have eaten most of our tulip bulbs over the past several years and I never got around to planting more. I really need to do that this fall.
Thankfully we do have a few daffodils and hyacinths, and crocuses, but I have a love for tulips… so I created some of my own.
Last year I created these repurposed tulips out of gutter leaf strainers, but I heard from some readers that they couldn’t find ones like the ones I used.
So I put on my garden art thinking cap and came up with these quick & easy tulips.
I pick up these metal whisks whenever I see them at thrift stores. I usually get them for 25 to 50 cents a piece.
I’ve also seen them for $1 at my local dollar store.
Bending Repurposed Whisks into Tulip Shapes
Just like with my repurposed whisk flowers that I shared a few weeks ago the first thing to do is to pull the wire parts outward like this.
Hang onto the top of each part and pull out from the bottom as you bend the part out.
Then bend the whisk parts up until you have a shape that you like.
These metal whisks come in all sizes so you can make any size tulips that you want.
Just like with real plantings in the garden when it comes to garden art flowers I like to do things in threes and fives.
There’s something about uneven numbers that just looks more natural.
Spray Painting Repurposed Whisks to look like Tulips
Next it’s time to spray paint your whisk tulips whatever color you want.
I chose a bright and happy red.
But I wanted to add a little extra something.
Years ago we had some fabulous red tulips in the garden with happy yellow centers, and I wanted to try to mimic that somehow.
So I sprayed a little yellow into the middle of each whisk tulip.
This is totally optional, but if you do decide to do this don’t worry about it too much.
The yellow is just a nod to the real thing and doesn’t have to be perfect.
The fun thing about creating your own garden art flowers or tulips is that you can really do whatever you want.
Even though most of the stems will be inside my pipe stems I spray painted them green just because it seemed like the thing to do.
And the tops of the whisk stems will be visible.
I forgot to remove all the metal loops at the ends of the whisks before spray painting, so I got rid of the remaining ones with some pliers.
This is so your whisk tulips will fit snugly into the pipe stems.
And here are my five repurposed whisk tulips all spray painted and ready to go into the garden.
I cut some 1″ pvc pipe to use for stems using my miter box and saw. The pvc was very easy to cut through.
Use various lengths of pipe for interest.
If you do happen to cut them the same length you could always push some farther into the ground to get the height differences.
I spray painted the pvc stems the same lovely dark green as the whisk stems.
The pipe stems should be pushed into the ground at least 6-8 inches so they don’t blow over in the wind.
If you don’t have a windy property like we do this may not be such an issue for you.
These repurposed whisk tulips are a quick and easy project.
And a fun one too because you can customize them to your own color preference.
I think a whole bunch of these would look amazing together, and I’ll be collecting more whisks to grow my diy tulip garden a little each year.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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