Sunday, July 31, 2016

Dishware Garden Blooms



Finding colorful blooms that can take the extreme Texas heat without requiring a great deal of attention and frequent watering can often be difficult.
Thankfully there's a fun and simple DIY solution - 
Dishware Blooms!



Made from discarded, mismatched plates and glassware, these colorful plate flowers are incredibly easy to create and can make a huge impact on any garden or yard space!


To begin you'll need a variety of dishes and/or glassware in varying sizes. Dinner plates, salad or dessert plates, ash trays, small bowls, and votive candle holders can readily be found in most thrift and charity shops.


Select 3 to 4 pieces that nest well and compliment each other.



To attach the glassware pieces to one another, I use E6000, a strong multi-purpose glue that is clear.
This product is very easy to use and can be purchased at most craft and hardware stores.

 Be sure to wash and dry your glassware completely. Set down your chosen base piece, or bottom layer, on a flat work surface.


Next squeeze a liberal amount of E6000 glue to the bottom of the plate next in your selected stack.
Place it in the center of the base plate. Repeat the process with any other layers you've selected.
Set the stacked plates in a safe place to dry.  Allow at least 72 hours for the glue to dry completely.


As the stack of dishware is drying, I like to set a heavy can or jar on top to help get a tight bond between the layers.

 

While your dishware blooms are drying, prepare the spoon attachment and conduit stem. Use about a 2 1/2 foot piece of 1/2" conduit for the stem.  I usually buy a 5-foot length and just cut it in half using a pipe cutter.


A table or soup spoon is used to attach the garden plate flower to its stem. Because the spoon slides right into the pipe it is removable during harsh weather.
Be certain you select a spoon whose handle will slip into this 1/2" opening.


Pound the bowl of the spoon flat with hammer. To aid in this process I use the anvil part of our shop vice.


Next, put an s bend just under the bowl of the flattened spoon.


After your dishware bloom has dried at least 24 hours you can glue on the spoon attachment. Keep in mind that the stacked dishware is not completely dry, so handle it carefully.
Apply a liberal amount of glue to the back of the flattened spoon...



and glue it to the back of your base plate using the E6000.


I put a somewhat heavy can or jar on top of the spoon just to make certain there is pressure to help aid adhesion.


After at least 72 hours of drying time, your plate bloom should be ready to "plant."
Once you've determined where you wish to put your bloom, stake the conduit pipe stem in the ground using a hammer if necessary.


Slide the spoon handle attachment into the conduit pipe, and you're all done!


Plant a single bloom as a colorful, garden focal point...


or several in a cluster or grouping.


Don't be afraid to mix different patterns and colors!


Try different layering options to create a variety of color and shape.


Create simple country flowers...


or elegant china blooms.

Whatever your style or taste, consider "planting" some of these lovely blossoms to give your garden a touch of whimsy and a pop of color! 

All photographs taken by Paulette Rodriguez.

2 comments:

  1. What a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing your gift of creativity with the rest of us.

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  2. I can't take credit for coming up with this idea. I've been seeing these in shops. My sister-in-law had a couple at their lake cabin and I thought they were so pretty. I had to try making them myself! Such a simple project with big impact.

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