Learn how to make glass garden flowers from old plates, bowls, candleholders, deviled eggs dishes and more!Recycle mismatched plates, bowls or candleholders into beautiful glass garden flowers. These show-stopper garden decorations are sure to be one-of-a-kind and won’t require any watering!
Don’t you love the idea of using recycled and unloved dishes in your favorite places…your gardens? Even off season we can get some color there. I love the search for just the right colors, patterns and sizes to complete the project. That’s part of the fun! Making dish flowers can be done in or outdoors and in any season, too.
If you decide to glue your plates rather than drill them use GE Silicone II Clear Caulk or E-6000 glue for outdoor use. Let the glue dry for 24 hours.
Let me give all you new garden art designers a lesson sadly learned from experience. Let the glue cure! Do not, I repeat, do not get overly anxious and move, touch, or even pick and show someone your project until it has completely cured (dried).
Some people use a plastic bottle glued to the back of the dish and then use a small curtain rod because of the bottle opening is small, then inserted into aluminum tubing. They used some smaller diameter rebar the next time they did this project. For leaves I used green plastic coated wire found in the hardware store electrical department and attached them with zip ties. I sprayed the 1/2″ electrical conduit green. Through many different trials, I found I like gluing square glass salt shakers the best for mounting the dish flower on the stem.
You can find awesome dishes at flea markets to do this project. Some of your thrift stores carry unique dishes as well. So get busy recycling some of those time worn pieces into new treasures!
Watch how Melissa J. Will does this DIY project in her step by step tutorial!
Photo Credit: Birds & Blooms