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Repurposed Wheel Flowers

How to create repurposed wheel flowers

There are so many ways to add some whimsy to your gardens, and these wheel flowers are a quick and easy project.

Whether they’re created by Mother Nature or by my own two hands, my hubby says I never tire of flowers of any kind… and he’s absolutely right.


Wheel project challenge before pics.

Thrifty Chicks Wheels 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 wheel challenge. You’ll find links to their projects at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check out the fabulousness.

But first I’ll share my project with you.


pink plastic wheels removed from doll carriage

These three wheels are from a repurposed doll carriage planter that I created a few years ago. It was in my front hosta garden.

One morning a few weeks ago I went out to do my usual watering and I discovered the planter was overturned, spilling dirt and red begonias all over an unsuspecting hosta.

I imagine the carriage probably got toppled by some animal’s nocturnal shenanigans.

Well, regardless of who was responsible… it was quite a mess.


pink plastic doll carriage wheels used for repurposed wheel flowers

After cleaning up the hosta, and relocating the begonias, I realized that one of the wheels was now broken.

The wheels are plastic so the broken spokes were not repairable.

So that one wheel was history, and it was time to give the other three wheels a chance at another repurposed life.

Perfect timing for this Thrifty Chicks project challenge.


white rubber tires removed from pink plastic wheels

I removed the 4 rubber tires from the pink plastic wheels. This was fairly easily done with just my hands.

I’m saving them for a future repurposing project that I already have in mind.


plastic wheels after removing white rubber tires

Before doing anything I gave the wheels a good bath with the garden hose.

The wheels rims are about 10″ across, and even though I love pink they’re not actually a shade that appeals to me.

I love bright colors, and they’re just a little too pale for my liking.

So just like my repurposed folding steamer strainer flowers, and my repurposed garden trowel flowers, they’ll be getting some spray paint love.

Spray paint is a girl’s best friend, at least this girl’s.


Assembling my doll carriage wheel flowers 

nuts and bolts and skewers used for repurposed wheel flowers

To put  my wheel flowers together I scoured through my stashes to see what I could find… some bolts and twisty nuts, some washers, and some metal skewers.

I love finding solutions using things that I already have.

After all, that’s what stashes are for.

If you  never use them… they’re just stuff taking up valuable real estate.


spray painting heads of bolts

I decided I wanted the bolt heads to have some color, so I spray painted them to mix with my spray painted wheels.

The spray paints I used for the bolts and the wheels are a paint and primer combo, and can be used for many different kinds of surfaces. Krylon and Rustoleum both make these types of spray paints.


attaching metal skewers to back of wheel flower with nut and bolt

I removed the plastic caps that were on one side of the wheels so the bolts could be put right though the holes to the back.

Then it was just a matter of tightening the washer against the skewer with the twisty nut thingy.

These flowers can be easily taken apart if I decide some time in the future to use the wheels for something else.


back view of doll carriage wheel flower in pipe stem

The skewers easily slide into the pipes that I spray painted green to use for stems.

I’m using leftover pipes from an old deck swing, but you can also use pvc or copper pipes… or whatever else you might have.


Supplies used for Repurposed Wheel Flowers

– wheels
– spray paint in colors of choice
– nuts and bolts
– washers
– metal skewers
– Misc pipe for stems

My repurposed wheel flowers in the garden 

quick and easy repurposed wheel flowers

And here are my finished wheel flowers in a recently renovated garden.

The ornamental zebra grass makes a lovely backdrop for the vibrant colors.

I’m not quite ready to let go of summer yet, so these colors are just what I was looking for.


blue and yellow spray painted wheel flowers

As I mentioned earlier I decided to use the colors that I spray painted the wheel flowers for the bolt centers too.


pink and yellow spray painted wheel flowers

And then I mixed them up to add some interest.


diy repurposed wheel flowers in garden

For me, the centers help unify the three flowers.


spray painted repurposed wheel flowers in garden

The fun thing about an easy project like this is that you can spray paint any kind of wheels any colors you like.

Want all your flowers to match? Go for it.

Want them to be completely different like mine? That’s ok too.

Whatever you love is what works here, so just go for it and have some fun.


Save this project by pinning to your favorite board.

Quick and Easy Repurposed Wheel Flowers for the Garden


Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their wheel projects.

Just click on the links below to check them out.

1: Itsy Bitsy And Pieces: DIY French Style Market Basket
2: Lora B, Create & Ponder: Repurposed Wheel Pumpkin
3: Little Vintage Cottage: Junk Wheel Wreath
4: That’s mine.


Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



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  1. Oh wow Tuula, these are so much fun! And the life you’ve given them with the bright paint makes such a difference… I was going to say, such a splash! 😉 Great idea!!

  2. Mary Boger says:

    Adorable! I’d love to be your neighbor so I could enjoy your creations. I’d check out your gardens often to see what new things grew from your imagination!

  3. I like how you sprayed the middle bolts coordinating colors, Tuula. I’m sure they’re adorable in your redone garden!

    1. Thanks Lora! This time of years with all the perennials starting to fade a little color is very welcome.

  4. Once again you’ve scored with a delightful project!! I’m going to be moving into my own tiny apartment soon and I think many of your ideas will make their way into it’s equally tiny patio/garden area …….I’m thinking it’s probably 3’x6′ and half is concrete. I’m gonna have some fun with it, so thanks in advance! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! That’s so exciting. I hope the move goes very well for you. 🙂

  5. Tuula, you are the queen of junk’n garden flowers, seriously! Just when I thought you couldn’t outdo the last ones you come up with these. ADORABLE wheel repurpose 🙂

  6. Shawn M Hoffman says:

    I love the wheel flowers!!!! I have got to make some! The twisty things are called wing nuts.

    1. Thanks Shawn! The wing nuts came in so handy for this project. I hope to use them in other flowers projects too.