Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Garden Art from Up-cycled Dishes

Finally ...Here it is...(Now that Summer is about over)...My long awaited tutorial on how to make.... dat-ta-da-dat-tada... Glass Garden Flowers...YEAH!!


Don't they look great!?!  This project probably never would have happened if it wasn't for my two accomplices...(Who are far more organized than I)!


Love this one!!

So here's how it all came to be...after another Visit to Dragonfly Farms...We were all inspired and started gathering up plates and glassware at the G.W. and garage sales...anywhere we could find cheap goods!


We set them, all out on my table and started layering dishes...trying all sorts of different combinations until we came up with the ones we liked...

Next step was to drill the holes...we had decided to use draw pulls for the centers, so we drilled our holes the appropriate size to fit their screws....We did break a few glass dishes so practice with a spare.  :)  What we learned was to make a "guide" hole with a smaller drill bit and then re-drill with the larger one. ...Also there is a fine line between to much pressure and not enough.  Oh yes a little water in the bottom of the dish also helps!


The screw that came with the draw pulls were not long enough...so after a ton of help form the nice guys at Home Depot we purchased these long ...Hmmm..I have no idea what they are called...but they are like a long screw with no head...instead you put a cap on them...Then after assembly we cut them off. 


For the stakes we bought 10 foot long pipe and cut them with the hacksaw....Now that was fun...sparks were flying everywhere!
Anyway we drilled a hole through both sides, for the long screw and then gently bent the ends so that the flowers would face upwards.

We assembled each one how we saw fit...Using washers to help steady the dishes.  The two above photos show how we stacked them. 



They took way longer to make than I had planned...but next time should go faster...now that we know what we are doing!!  (Although it was the drilling that seemed to take forever)!
But...
Don't they look great!!


This one reminds me of a dandelion!


My girl friend brought the plates...something I will look for next time...they added so much color!


This is one of my favorites...but then again I like them all!




We used a silver basket for the base of this flower...I will be looking for more of these too!!!


Well there it is ... My tutorial on how to make Up-cycled Garden Flowers...
Now its your turn!!
Just think what Great Christmas present they would make!!
If you stop by...leave a message...I would LOVE to hear from you!!
Denise
PS:
(I will be linking this to many of those awesome parties on my side bar)!!

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42 comments:

  1. OM Goodness! I am your true blue newest fan!
    This has got to be the coolest!
    You so ROCK!
    Love it!
    I will have to try this out!
    Yippeeee!
    Smiles~
    Cat

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  2. That is a great idea!! I am definitely going to give it a try! The ones with the silver basket are my favorites!


    I'm your newest follower and would love for you to follow me.
    Have a wonderful day!!

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  3. oh my, i am loving your garden art! so adorable!!! Thank you for sharing at Cottage Flora Thursday's this week! I too love the one you listed as your "favorite"! sigh...wish i had your kind of talent! I am your newest fan! xoox, tracie

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  4. sharing your post on my fb page too (hope that is okay?)

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  5. Oh I love those...I would never have known that you can drill thru dishes without breaking them! Happy to be a new follower!

    Jan

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  6. These are SO fun! I love them! I'd love for you to share this at my blog party! http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/09/recreate-into-something-new-5.html

    Hope to see you at my place soon!
    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife
    http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

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  7. Those are so cool! You are so clever. I love the way you layered them and put cool knobs on them too!

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  8. These are STUNNING! Pat yourself on the back. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing!

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  9. These are just INCREDIBLE. I love plates and this is such a clever and decorative use for them. It looks like you had a fun day making them too. You could sell them at upscale boutiques. I am going to link this post to my DIY page on my blog.
    My best- Diane

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  10. Those are fabulous! I will just admire them though. That is too many power tools for me. Maybe if I get help later..

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  11. Those are gorgeous! Do you have an estimate of how much your entire "garden" cost? I'm curious if you don't mind sharing.

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  12. I clicked on follow...are ya dancing and singing yet? =) Love LOve LOVE the flowers, so pretty!!

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  13. Wow! who knew that plates could look SO good!Love the details of this tutorial...I feel I could do this...especially since the Texas sun has turned everything yellow and crispy around here...burn bands...water restrictions...sigh. This would definitely bring color back to my backyard. Time to hit up the thrift shops around here.

    Also, I would like to personally invite you to our new Rockin’ link party every Friday at RoCa and Company. Come and show off this super cute idea...seriously...stop by this coming Friday. Hope to see you there...

    Remember...YOU ROCK!!

    Carmen @
    RoCa and Company
    www.rocaandcompany.blogspot.com

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  14. Beautiful and such a great upcycle idea. Thanks for the tips on drilling through glass, that would be the scary part for me.

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  15. So pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would share this project at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/09/turquoise-lovin-4.html

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  16. These are SOOO cute! I love the combinations. And the colored plates DO really jazz them up. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I always enjoy seeing your creations.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  17. They are so pretty! I'd love to have a couple for my garden :)

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  18. Great activities for summer! I love it, thanks...

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  19. Did you use a diamond bit? These are awesome!!!

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  20. This looks fun, and it's yard art that will last. I'm just a little worried about drilling holes in glass....but it would be worth the effort to get a pretty flower plate.

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  21. I just love this. Must remember this when tag saling. I pinned this, too. Also following on Linky. Love to have you visit me also. Thanks, Linda

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  22. did you have to use a special drill or bit? these are awesome! can't wait to try.

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  23. You did a super job of creating your flower faces...I make some as well but I don't do any drilling...

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  24. You did a super job of creating your flower faces...I make some as well but I don't do any drilling...

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  25. I have always loved these! Great job. I remembered two other things I found in your booth. The aqua blue corner shelf (which I love) and the big 2 tier shelf with drawer. I painted it aqua blue & it's hanging in my craft room with cards and rubber stamps on it.

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  29. Your flowers will be viewed my Nova Scotia, Canada gardens...... thank you soooo much!!

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  30. I make a similar item but use E6000 glue instead of drilling. Also I use PVC for hangers and posts. Sometimes I put a sawtooth hanger on them to hang indoors, or just use as a table centerpiece. Love your creativity!

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  31. SOOOO sweet. Pinning:) sewsweetvintage.com

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  32. Very creative and stunning! I love the idea. Well done!

    The Glass Garden of Hizons

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  33. Hi,
    Had to drop you a note I started making these last summer after mom bought one at a craft fair for me on my Birthday. I'm on my third batch because I've been selling them at consignment stores and fairs. You are absolutely right, it takes a lot of time to do the drilling. but it's fun, creative, gives me something to do and I earn a few extra dollars. I'm disabled and you don't get much on disability. the extra comes in handy. People love these year round blooms. No two are the same. I get most of my plates etc. from thrift stores and yard sales :) Great post, I'll be trying some of your others.

    Tiffanie

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  34. someone here in Idaho Falls had a booth at the river and sold them.... she use the E-6000 glue to assemble and glued them onto an electrical outlet box that goes in your wall, then the pole goes into the hole like it would in your wall with a nut to hold it! much easier to sell this way as it all comes apart easily too! Love your idea... my mother purchased a bunch of dished to copy! You should enter this idea in a contest, it will WIN!!!

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  35. I have been trying to figure out how to make these wonderful and fun pieces of garden art. Thank you so much for the post.

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  36. You can also buy diamond hole saw bits for drilling specifically through glass. Just make sure to submerge the plate in water when drilling. The bits are usually located by the drimmel tool bits at home depot or lowes. Oh and the long 'screws' are called all thread, I believe. They come in many gauges and as long 6 ft lengths.

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  37. You can also buy diamond hole saw bits for drilling specifically through glass. Just make sure to submerge the plate in water when drilling. The bits are usually located by the drimmel tool bits at home depot or lowes. Oh and the long 'screws' are called all thread, I believe. They come in many gauges and as long 6 ft lengths.

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  38. You can also buy diamond hole saw bits for drilling specifically through glass. Just make sure to submerge the plate in water when drilling. The bits are usually located by the drimmel tool bits at home depot or lowes. Oh and the long 'screws' are called all thread, I believe. They come in many gauges and as long 6 ft lengths.

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  39. You can also buy diamond hole saw bits for drilling specifically through glass. Just make sure to submerge the plate in water when drilling. The bits are usually located by the drimmel tool bits at home depot or lowes. Oh and the long 'screws' are called all thread, I believe. They come in many gauges and as long 6 ft lengths.

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  40. I wanted to have some garden art at home. It really looks so cool! I just needed some lawn care to improve it's condition.

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  41. I've often admired glass ware at the thrift store and now I know what to do with it. Thanks for sharing.

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