Hey hey! I am so glad you’re here! It’s time for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Decor Challenge, one of my favorite days of the month. We are working on a tiny budget back yard spruce up this spring, and I really want to bring some of our rustic farmhouse style outside, so you know that means warm wood, old metal, and a little junk. Our first project involved some junk flower metal garden ornaments created from a thrifted pie pan, a candle plate and some spare parts.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Erlene | My Pinterventures Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Marie | DIY Adulation Havalah | Sisters, What
Chelsea | Making Manzanita Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods Kimm | Reinvented
Kim | Farmhouse Made Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Sara | Twelve on Main
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Michelle | Our Crafty Mom Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay
Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod Lora | Craftivity Designs
Ali | Home Crafts By Ali Denise | My Thrifty House Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
Toni | Small Home Soul Jeanie | Create & Babble Michelle | Michelle James Designs
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Junk Flower Metal Garden Ornaments
I picked up the spare parts on the left at a flea market in March, threw them together in the passenger seat of my car, and thought “that looks like a flower.” Once the spark of an idea was in my head, I couldn’t let it go until I had found an old pie plate and a candle plate thingy at the thrift store to create a second bloom.
I asked the engineer to put them together with some scrap wood and make me some flowers. He never buys me real flowers, so I thought it was the least he could do.
He wrote his very own nerd tutorial for you. Shall we call it “The Engineer’s Epilogue”? “Nerd Notes”?
Step One: Find components that you believe look like a flower with the right amount of imagination. Imagination = wine, in Kimm’s case. (what’s he trying to say?)
Step Two: The mounting post (the stem, people, the stem) should be made from cedar, pressure treated lumber, or any other wood suitable for outdoor exposure. A good economical choice is pressure treated 1×3, 30 inches long. Use your favorite type of saw to to make two 60 degree cuts on the bottom to form a point on the end.
Step Three: Find a bolt (3/16″, 1/4″ or 5/16″ diameter) and a nut that threads on to it. (threads means screws, but he didn’t want to say that) Measure the length of the bolt needed to attach all of the “flower” components and the mounting post. Add 3/8″ to this length to allow for the nut.
Step Four: Drill a hole through the center of the metal flower components as well as the mounting post (stem). The hole should be just large enough to accept the bolt.
Step Five: Bolt the metal flower parts to the mounting post using a washer at both the bolt head side and the nut side.
Step Six: Use a mitre saw, circular saw, jig saw, or scroll saw to cut out some leaf looking chunks of wood. You can attach the leaves with wood glue or nails them to the stem.
Step Seven: Paint or stain however you like.
Wow, that was nerdy. I think we’ll stick with Nerd Notes. ;)
After all that…I painted the center of flower number two to add some color.
Now these are the kind of flowers I can’t kill. I think.
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