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Repurposed Badminton Birdies into Flowers

Garden Flowers from Repurposed Badminton Birdies

All summer long I enjoy real flowers in the gardens, and I can’t help myself from creating repurposed flowers to accompany them… like the flowers I’m sharing today made from badminton birdies.

badminton birdies or repurposed shuttlecocks

I started with a $1 thrift store bunch of plastic badminton birdies with rubber bases.

badminton birdies after removing black tape

The first thing I did was remove the black tape that was around the bases.

Creating Flowers from Badminton Birdies

badminton birdie after cutting with scissors to create petals

Then I cut the plastic shuttles with scissors to create petals.

pressing down on badminton birdie to spread out the petals

I pressed down to see if I could get a shuttle to open more. It just bounced right back into shape, so it was on to plan b.

placing heavy books on top of badminton birdies to create flowers

I grabbed a couple of heavy books and placed them on top of the shuttles, and I left them for about 24 hours.

You can see the ones on the right that are done. I have two more under that big wildflowers book.

metal skewers and pliers

For the stems I’m using metal skewers that I found for $1. I pick these up whenever I see them at thrift stores. They’re great for repurposing projects.

You just need to straighten the bent end with some pliers, which is very easy to do.

Trimming Badminton Birdie Bases

trimming badminton birdie rubber base

So that the rubbers bases would fit inside the shuttles, I had to trim the bottoms a bit with an xacto knife.

trimmed badminton birdie base

Here you can see the difference in the bases.

They were definitely too wide without trimming.

Spray Painting Badminton Birdies

spray painting badminton birdies

I spray painted the shuttles a lovely hot pink, the rubber bases a sunny yellow, and the metal skewers a deep green.

This is where you can customize the look by spray painting the shuttles and bases any colors you love.

Assembling the Repurposed Flowers

Assembling badminton birdie flowers with skewers as stems

To put these flowers together poke the pointed end of the skewer through the bottom of the shuttle into the inside.

Then carefully press the skewer into the rubber base just a bit, and add some Marine Goop or E6000 glue onto the bottom of the rubber base and around the skewer.

Then guide the rubber base down into the center of the shuttle.

It might be a good idea to do a dry run to make sure you have the base in a good position and then push the skewer up, add glue, and put the base back in place.

spray painted badminton birdies on metal skewers

Like so. Here you can see my five flowers after they sat for 24 hours to let the glue is cure.


close up of base glued inside badminton birdie shuttle

It’s important to make sure you center the base inside the shuttle so you get a nice tight fit with the glue.

Displaying Badminton Birdie Flowers in the Garden

Repurposed badminton birdie flowers in the garden

The fun thing about creating smaller flowers like this is you can add them to plants that have finished their flowering for the season, like this spring Phlox.

Supplies needed for this project

  • badminton birdies
  • metal skewers
  • spray paint
  • Marine Goop or E6000 glue
  • pliers
  • xacto knife
  • scissors

DIY repurposed badminton birdie flowers in the garden

Or this Pasque flower, which also blooms in the spring.

Quick and easy flowers made from badminton birdies

Borrowing the greenery of flowering plants that have already done their beauty duty for the gardening season is a great way to add some fun to your garden.

I think these would look great tucked into a planter, or you could even use them inside too.

Please pin to your favorite board.

DIY Repurposed Badminton Birdie Flowers for the garden or planter

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!

XOX

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26 Comments

  1. So cute !! I will have to get some of these birdies to make some !! ?

  2. What a cute idea for birdies! I have some ‘past blooming’ greenery areas that would be perfect for these ever-blooming flowers!

    1. Amy Davis says:

      Those are so cool and since I don’t have a green thumb. ( I can start but never get them to grow) these would be perfect. lol thank you for sharing!

  3. So sweet! Can’t wait till fall so I can get started in my yard and add these flowers! Not to mention 100’s of others I’ve saved from you!! Thanks girl! You always lift my spirits with your cheerful posts!

    1. Thanks Dona! I can’t wait for that to happy for you too. You’ll have to much fun in your yard. πŸ™‚

  4. ADORABLE, I’ll never look at a badminton birdie the same way again! You always come up with the best ideas for garden junk flowers.

  5. Kaye Mangin says:

    Hi Tuula, You always have the best ideas. And they’re doable too. I think flowers always brighten up the day. Thanx 4 sharing

  6. These badminton flowers are adorable. I have made so many of your ideas, Tuula and here is another one to do. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks Nancy! I’m so happy you’ve made some of my projects. That’s so awesome!

  7. how do you straighten the circle base of the skewers? love all the flowers!

    1. Thanks Juli! I just used pliers to straighten them and it was very easy to do.

  8. Diana Kay Grit says:

    Hooray! A flower I can actually keep ‘alive”! Definitely no green thumb here! Thanks for idea!

  9. I love all your makeover flowers. Please don’t stop making them. My backyard needs all the help I can give it. Thank you

    1. Thanks Bobbie ! More flowers are coming this spring and summer so stay tuned. πŸ™‚

  10. Badminton birdies made me smile: ) In UK and Australia we call them shuttlecocks – doesn’t sound very nice after your name. Ha Ha
    You are so clever – love your flowers.

    1. Thanks Angela! That’s so interesting, but I agree with you about the name thing. lol.