Create some easy DIY plate flowers
It’s easy to create DIY plate flowers from inexpensive thrifted finds to add some fun to your gardens or outdoor spaces.
When coming home from my day job I pass a house that has all kinds of metal garden decor for sale on the front lawn. There are metal birds, trees, obelisks, and beautiful large metal flowers.
I’ve also seen this metal garden art at craft shows, and it can be quite expensive.
I thought that I could make my own scaled down (and inexpensive) versions of the flowers by collecting some thrifted items and putting them together.
My first flower will be made up of a silver plated shallow bowl, a silver plated candy dish, and a silver tone flower brooch with a broken clasp.
My second flower includes a rhinestone brooch that I already had that doesn’t have a clasp at all.
And my third flower has a small diffuser bottle as its center.
Gluing pieces together to create plate flowers
I glued the pieces together to make each flower with Marine GOOP adhesive, which is clear and used with boat repair. It’s very strong and is UV and water resistant. I let them cure for about 24 hours.
Then I needed something to use for the stems.
Adding stems to backs of plate flowers
A few years ago we replaced our aging deck swing and we kept all the parts, some of which I used for the flower stems. They were perfect because they were already green and they had flattened ends.
You can use any type of piping that you think will work. I had these on hard, and I like to reuse everything I can. If you use another kind of piping just be sure to flatten the ends that you’re gluing to the backs of the plates with a hammer for easier gluing.
I bent the ends slightly and glued them to the backs of the plates with the Marine Goop.
Then I taped them in place with the Gorilla Tape and left them for about 24 hours until they cured completely,and I used paint cans to hold the stems up.
Enjoying plate flowers in the garden
And here are my finished plate flowers again.
And here’s what they look like in my hosta garden.
What I really love about plate flowers is that no two will ever be alike because everything is thrifted. The possibilities are really endless, only limited by the imagination.
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Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…