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Repurposed Jello Molds into Fun Flowers

Repurposed Jello Molds into Fun Flowers

There’s nothing I like more than creating flowers out of unusual things, like the repurposed jello molds that I’m using for today’s fun and funky project.

Repurposing is all about figuring out how to create something using what you already have, so that was my challenge for this project.

I just figured it out as I went, creatively flying by the seat of my pants.

vintage aluminum jello molds for diy repurposed flower project

I started with some vintage aluminum jello molds.

There are so many different kinds, but the thin flexible ones work best for making these flowers.

scissors pliers and sandpaper needed to make jello mold flowers

All I needed to create my flowers was scissors, pliers,and sandpaper.

Making the repurposed jello molds into flowers

cutting vintage aluminum jello mold with scissors

The thin jello molds that I used were very easy to cut with regular scissors.

If regular scissors don’t work for you, you could try wire cutters.

cutting petals into vintage aluminum jello mold

I cut down the lines in between the sections to create petals.

using pliers to create petals for jello mold flowers

Once the sections were made I flattened them out a bit, and used pliers to turn the corners of the jello mold petals back.

aluminum jello mold flower with cut petals

Now it’s really starting to look like a flower.

sanding the jello mold flower petals with sandpaper

To make the flowers easier to handle I used sandpaper to smooth out the edges of the petals.

vintage aluminum jello mold flowers

I used five slightly different jello molds to make five different flowers.

Creating fun and funky jello mold flowers

vintage aluminum jello mold flowers spray painted in fun colors

The temps have been mild here lately so I took my flowers outside and spray painted them in some fresh spring colors.

If you don’t have spray paint you could try using craft paint, or even regular latex paint.

mini tart molds used to create centers of jello mold flowers

I needed something for the centers of my flowers and I found these miniature tart tins in my stash.

mini tart molds spray painted yellow for jello mold flower centers

They are perfect when spray painted a happy and sunny yellow.

collection of fondue forks used as stems for jello mold flowers

I thought long and hard about what to use for stems and I decided on some fondue forks.

If you don’t have fondue forks you could use skewers, rulers, knitting needles, whatever you have that’s long and thin.

Even a few straws taped together could work.

gluing fondue fork stems onto backs of metal flowers

I glued my fondue forks onto the backs of my flowers with my glue gun.

spray painted repurposed jello mold flowers with yellow ceners and fondue fork stems

And then I glued the yellow centers in place.

Repurposed Jello Molds into Colorful Flowers

Fun and colorful cut flowers with repurposed jello molds and spray paint

I took a walk down to my greenhouse/storage shed to see if I could find something to hold my repurposed jello mold flowers and I found the perfect thing, a metal grater.

DIY repurposed jello molds made into flowers and spray painted fun colors

I glued the flowers to the inside of the grater and tucked in some spanish moss to finish it off.

Repurposed jello molds made into fun and colorful flowers

These colors are so perfect for spring, happy and cheerful.

Now all I have to do is find a place to hang this.

Some place where I’ll see these flowers every day because they make me smile.

And that’s what this whole creativity thing is all about…  making things that make us smile, that make our homes smile.

Save this project for later by pinning!

DIY flowers from vintage aluminum repurposed jello molds

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!

XOX

 

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15 Comments

  1. This is such a great idea. I am so bummed I don’t have the items on hand. New items to search for when we can get back to thrifting.

    1. Thanks Sandi! Yes it’s too bad we can’t go thrifting right now, but that time will be back again. 🙂

  2. Pinned! They sure make ME smile!!!

  3. So cute! I have noticed that any time you use spray paint in your creations everything turns out perfect. My spray painted projects never look as clean and smooth as your do, what’s the secret other than the fact that I most likely rush and need to slow down?

    1. Thanks Pam! The trick is more light coats rather than fewer heavy ones. On these flowers I did 3-4 light coats depending on the color.

      1. Thanks for the tip! You hit my bad habit right on the head!

  4. I always enjoy your amazing flower ideas from repurposed finds, Tuula! These are so pretty and I love the creative use for a grater.

    1. Thanks very much Marie! Creating flowers by repurposing items is one of my favorite things to do.

  5. Linda Rosser says:

    I agree…got to have the color…makes me happy too.. love these beautiful colorful flowers..so creative to think of using the jello molds..i will be on the outlook for some on my next flea market trip..thanks for your ideas .❤

    1. Thanks Linda! I love repurposing things into flowers. It’s so much fun, and we can never have enough flowers in our homes.