Learn how to “grow” flowers from metal wall art to plant a little whimsy with flower garden stakes! An easy DIY and way to add instant blooms and a whimsical addition to your garden.
Happy Thursday! It’s peak gardening season here in North Carolina and I have a fun DIY to help you “grow” flowers!
These flower garden stakes add a little whimsy in the garden! I “planted” them for some instant flowers, in front of the Limelight hydrangeas that won’t bloom until early to mid-July.
Note: If you’re looking for an easy-to-grow, low maintenance shrub for your garden that will provide you with beautiful cut and dried flowers too, see my public service announcement: Plant a Limelight Hydrangea…or Five.
I started with these metal flowers I found at Hobby Lobby. All the wall decor was 50% off the day I was there.
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In addition to metal flowers, here are the supplies I used:
Rebar (3/8 inch diameter) available in assorted lengths
Metal Conduit (1/2 inch diameter) about 4 – 6 inches per flower
Sheet metal screws
Clear spray sealer, optional
To make the metal flowers into garden stakes, we used rebar that we already had. If you’re not familiar with rebar, it’s used for concrete reinforcement and commonly used for stakes in the garden. You can find it with the building supplies near the concrete at the home improvement store. It comes in various lengths and in 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch diameter widths. Rebar will acquire a rusty patina over time which I prefer. :)
We purchased a 5 foot length of 1/2 inch metal conduit for $2.68, found in the electrical department at Lowe’s. You’ll only need a foot or less for two stakes so you’ll have some leftover for another project. You’ll also need a tube or pipe cutter which my hubby already had. A tube cutter is easy and safe for anyone to use, rotating the cutter and scoring the pipe until it breaks, about 6 rotations for the conduit.
Next, drill a hole for a screw to fit, about a half an inch of down from one end of your cut piece of conduit. Tip: A piece of tape on your conduit will help prevent your drill bit from slipping on the metal surface while drilling.
Add your screws to your cut pieces of conduit. The screws will serve as a “stop” to hold the conduit on the end of your rebar garden stake.
Now you’re ready to glue your conduit to your flowers. I used E6000 for a permanent, waterproof bond.
E6000 will bond to metal, glass, fiberglass, wood, ceramics, masonry and concrete, as well as many plastics. It will not break down or become brittle with temperature extremes. You can find it at the craft store or home improvement store.
Add plenty of adhesive so you have good contact to bond the round surface of the conduit to the flat surface of the metal flower. I used a piece of tape to hold the conduit in place and prevent it from rolling until it was set. E6000 begins setting in approximately 10 minutes with a full cure time between 24 and 72 hours, depending on the temperature and humidity.
I waited a day and half before “planting” my flowers to make sure the adhesive was cured and the conduit would hold.
Your metal flowers may fade or acquire a rusty patina over time. To protect the finish of the flower, you can give them a couple of coats clear spray sealer, matte or gloss, whatever you prefer.
This flower garden stake with solar light below, is one I’ve had for about 5 years that I found at HomeGoods.
I hadn’t realized how sad it was looking until I photographed it recently.
I decided it needed a makeover, so I picked up some spray paint at Lowe’s to give it a refresh and similar look to the galvanized finish the other flowers had. I found Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Flat Antique Nickel and gave it a couple of light coats.
When dry, I did some dry brushing and light pouncing of my brush using some brown acrylic craft paint I had, so it blended with the other flowers.
I allowed it to dry and gave it a couple of coats of clear matte spray sealer.
If you’re looking for more DIYs and craft projects for gardening season you might like:
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Find the easy steps to make a sugar scrub that’s fragrant and pretty too. Ready to gift or use in just five minutes!
Create hand stamped garden markers for plant identification or to add a little garden humor or whimsy.
You’re invited for a garden stroll and see what’s in bloom around the Potting Shed, HERE.
I’m joining my blogging friends for a Creative Craft Blog Hop today. A special “thank you” to our host, Andrea of Design Morsels, for organizing this hop!
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