Beautiful Glass Art for Gardens


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If you do not have the patience to grow real flowers, or if you do love to garden and add art pieces as accents to your garden, you are going to love these glass flowers, made from recycled materials. They are the perfect upcycle project for the summer time, and make beautiful gifts for others too. This is the perfect time of the year to start collecting pieces to make these glass flowers too, since garage and estate sales are prevalent this time of the year. Spend a weekend shopping for used dishes, bowls, and more that you love. Look for shapes and colors that will blend well, and nest inside each other.

If you are interested in making the glass garden flowers for your garden, here are some tips to use while shopping for the glass (and then see below on how to make the glass flowers with plates and more)!

Tips for shopping for dishes to make Glass Garden Flowers: 

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*Start by searching your own cupboards to see what dishes you might already have on hand. It could be a great way to display that special dish you have been holding onto from your great grandma for instance.

*Other great sources for dishes are thrift shops (shop their sale days), garage sells and neighbors and family members (let them know to drop their unwanted dishes off with you.

*Think beyond just your standard dishes. For example large bowls or chargers make great larger flowers. Old glass ash trays make nice centerpieces for the flower s, and bowls and small vases will make a nice funnel looking flower.

*If you have storage space, stack all of your plates you are collecting on a shelf. It makes it so fun to mix and match and design flowers that way (and my kids love to get involved and get creative too)!

Here is the basic process for making glass flowers:

  • We start by playing around with all of the glass, nesting one piece into the next until we find a look we like.
  • They use a diamond bit (and wear protective glasses) to carefully drill a hole in the center of each dish.
  • The pieces are then held together with a basic nut and bolt system.
  • They make their own iron stems, but we have some other DIY options below.

How to make your own DIY Glass Flower for Garden Art:

Here is how you can make your own version of these beautiful glass flowers from items you may have at home, find at a garage or thrift sale, or barter with your friends for. Display them in your house, use them as gifts, or hang them on walls in your garden. However you choose to display them, they are likely to be a big hit with visitors. To display in a garden, you can either add a picture hanging piece on the back and hang on a fence, or put a nice solid wooden stake in the ground and mount on that.

Supply List:

  • Glass plates, and bowls
  • Glue (epoxy glue, Gorilla glue or E6000 work best in our experience)
  • Plate stand or plate hanger

Directions:

  • The most important part of this project is finding the glassware. We found ours at a local second-hand store, garage sales, the Dollar Store, or our own cupboards.
  • The first thing to keep in mind when shopping for glass is to think of the big picture. Each of these pieces on their own might be considered a bit tacky.  You also want to think about dimensions. Things that fit inside each other, and give a more traditional flower look to them work well. You can use bowls if you want a more dimensional piece.
  • Get your plates all set out and design your flower before you start glueing. Once you know what you want your finished flower to look like start with the bottom piece and glue them on in layers, working up to the final center of your flower.   We used the quick set epoxy glue. You will need to follow the instructions on the back of your glue, but essentially you mix a small amount of a two part glue in a discardable dish and then you are ready to use it. It dries in about 5 minutes, so you will need to go to work right after mixing. You can also use Gorilla Glue for this, but it dries more yellow
  • We started by putting a bead of glue around the bottom of the second largest plate and gluing it to the center of the gold cat plate pictured above. If using the epoxy glue method, allow it to dry 5 minutes before starting the next layer for best results.
  • We repeated that step for the rest of the layers as well, allowing to dry between layers, then giving it a good 24 to 48 hours to really dry thoroughly once you have them all glued together.

These are some ideas for glass art.

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