I wanted to add a little color to our landscaping with something low maintenance and inexpensive. When I decide on a project I take it as a personal challenge to find something different but created from re-purposed items. First stop, the thrift store. First I saw a stack of three colorful bowls. Then a candle stand with interesting metal leaves, and four metal mesh wire votive holders. I purchased the items and decided how I would make some bright fake flowers.
The colorful bowls became my version of a poppy. I needed texture for the center made from something that would hold up outdoors. I took off for the dollar store to see if I could find anything interesting for the centers. A package of three wire scrubbies did the job. All I did was spray paint them black with some leftover paint. Buttons from Michaels added the final touch. For the stem I went to Home Depot for some wire and saw a broken tomato cage. It was cheaper to buy the discounted cage than the heavy wire. I took it apart and painted the pieces green. I looked through the hardware to find something with a flat area and a tube for attaching the stem and epoxied it together.
Originally I was going to use the votive holders separately for four flowers but decided to layer them instead.
I wanted more than two flowers so from the same dollar store trip I purchased a wire basket and cut it up. I formed flower buds to compliment the flowers. Next a coat of purple spray paint and the addition of some yellow beads in the centers. I even used the handle off the basket for the flower stems. I bent the stem to hold the basket handle and wired everything together. I added the metal leaves that I spray painted green and used floral wire to wrap around the stem and make curly tendrils here and there.
All that’s left to do is stick them in the ground. This project was inexpensive and definitely adds color. These unique flowers don’t require tedious dead heading or watering.