I haven’t made a dollar store project in ages, feels like years actually, and these clothes pin flowers came to me while I was casually wandering around one of our area dollar stores last week… looking for something, anything, that I could turn into flowers.
From spring until winter I have flowers on the brain, as is also reflected (haha) by my recent tin light reflector flowers.
What can I say? I’m a child of the 60s. Flower power and all that good stuff. lol.
This particular dollar store trip came at a perfect time, because of this week’s Thrifty Chicks garden art project challenge.
On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.
If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.
I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s garden art challenge.
As I said I was wandering around a dollar store and I saw these plastic clothes pins.
I couldn’t resist picking up a few packages, and I immediately thought of turning them into flowers.
Just look at those lovely summery colors!
Once I had my clothes pins I started looking for something for the center of the flowers, and I found a $1 package of 4 plastic coasters. There were 4 different colors in the package… orange, green, purple, and blue. Perfect!
So to put these easy peasy flowers together you just start by clipping the clothes pins around the plastic coaster….
…until you have them placed and spaced in a way that you like.
Then remove each clothes pin from the coaster one at a time, open them, and add a dab of E6000 glue to one side on the inside of the clip. You can also use Marine Goop adhesive.
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Then just close each one for a second just so the glue is on both sides of the inside of the clip.
This way the clothes pins get glued on both sides of the coaster.
Removing the clothes pins one at a time makes it easy to place them back in position, at least for me.
If I had glued them as I originally added them to the coaster I’m not sure my spacing would have ended up looking very good. If you have a better eye than I do, then feel free to go for it all at once.
To hang my flowers I’m using the same fancy schmancy system as I did with my repurposed folding strainer steamer flowers, good old fashioned stainless steel spoons that I flattened with a hammer and then bent.
After gluing on the spoon with E6000 let the whole thing cure for at least 24 hours.
And here are my finished flowers.
The pipe pieces I’m using for the stems are from an old deck swing. I spray painted them green and staked them into the ground a good 8″ so they’ll stand up to wind.
The spoon handles simply slip into the pipes.
If you don’t have salvaged pipe like I do you can use copper pipe from any big box building store. Just make sure the size of the spoon handle will fit into the size of pipe you use.
To stop the flower from spinning in the pipe on a windy day you can try stuffing a piece of a plastic bag into the pipe to keep the spoon in place, but that hasn’t been a problem for me.
I thought about adding something into the centre…
… but sometimes simple is best.
These fun colors remind me of Gerbera Daisies.
So for a few dollars I have 3 fun flowers, and I still have the purple clothes pins and the blue coaster left.
I have a thing for threes. lol. So they’ll have to wait.
I have no idea how long these flowers will last in the rain and sun, but I’ve used E6000 on other outdoor projects with much success.
I’ve put them in our shady hosta garden out front to add some fun color, and they won’t get too much sun exposure there.
We can see them from the front kitchen window, and they greet us every morning when we leave the house to go to work.
These flowers are super easy to create, and it’s always nice to start the day with something that makes you smile.
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Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their garden art projects.
Just click on the images below to check them out.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…