Introduction: Home Improvement Store: Metal Rose

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So far all the metal roses I've seen on websites require more tools then a lot of people have access to. I was inspired by the metal roses on Instructables, but they had steps that novices might think is not in their wheelhouse. So, I designed a rose that the materials are either available at home or easily acquired at a home improvement store and used tools that new makers probably already own.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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All the materials should be readily available at the home depot. Here are the Products I used down below.


Needle Nose Pliers $6.82

11mm $1.97 or 7/16" $2.49 open ended wrenches x 2

Hand Drill or Drill Press

HDX Tin snips $9.88

Gloves 10 pairs for $10.00

1/4 inch Drill Bit $4.97


Threaded rod 1\4"x 20 x 12" x 12 $0.98

1\4"x 20 nuts (25 Pack) $1.47

Lock washers (18 Pack) 1.18

12 in. x 18 in. 26-Gauge Zinc-Plated Metal Sheet $4.97

Step 2: Print and Cut Out the Templates

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I have made up templates that you can print on a regular 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. Print and cut them out for tracing on the metal sheet.

Step 3: Tracing

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Layout the templates you cut on the piece of metal making sure all of them fit and have a bit of space in between the individual pieces. Then trace with your sharpie to transfer the design to the metal.

Step 4: Drilling

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I find it easier and better to drill all the center holes on the material before cutting out the parts of the flower.

Step 5: Cutting Out the Parts

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Take your tin snips and cut out the main parts out of the entire sheet. I usually cut them all out first then worry about the details after.

Step 6: Getting the Stem Ready

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Put two nuts and a lock washer on the stem about an inch down from the top of where your Rose will sit.

Step 7: The Stack

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Time to stack your rose.

Starting with the sepal the 5 pointed star.

Then the biggest 6 petal.

Both the other 6 Petal pieces.

Then the 5 petal.

Then the 3 petal.

After all the pieces of your flower are in place put 2 nuts on top to make sure the petals don't go anywhere.

Step 8: Lock Down the Flower

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Use the 2 open ended wrenches to tighten the inner most nuts closest to the flower.

after that start at the top and lock down the top 2 nuts together.

Do the same with the bottom nuts

The second nuts and lock washer will ensure that the assembly will not get loose over time

Step 9: Bending With Pliers

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After the flower is locked down start by bending the petals with the needle nose pliers on the top of the flower.

Then move to the next set of petals. Starting with one then moving around the flower.

Step 10: 6 Petal Flowers

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The 6 petal layer is a little different. For ease of bending and to get more layers bend up 3 alternating petals at a time. There are ends up being 6 layers of petals bent to fill out the flower. Bending the petals in different ways makes it more organic looking.

Step 11: More Bending

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Continue bending the petal layers. till all the petals look like a flower.

Step 12: Bend the Sepal

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Then time to focus on the Sepal at the bottom. I usually bend the sepal in half to give the look of a rib that holds the leaves together. Then twist my pliers down the sides of the leaves to give the crinkly appearance. Finally bend the tips in different curls or straight just random in appearance to be more organic looking.

Step 13: Bend the Stem

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Bending the stem helps to gives the illusion that the flower is more organic then it actually is. Also it looks better in a vase or stuck into the ground.

Step 14: Finished

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Now its time to give it to some one you love or care about. This flower should last a long time and be prepared to make more because everyone will want one of your roses.


bedandbreakfastforsale (author)2017-05-26

Almost as good as the real thing but longer lasting.

And you don't have to remember to water it.

PardoByNight (author)2017-04-16

this is really beautiful ^^

Thank you, I would love to see your take on my flower!

Iain MacLeod made it! (author)2017-02-17

I used your templates, doubling or tripling them in kitchen foil by cutting them out, rubbing the foil over them for an imprint, then folding the foil over before cutting them out with scissors. The petals were simply scrunched against my thumb. I made the Sepal out of heavier foil from a disposable barbecue base. The stem is a piece of copper brake pipe - which takes nice curves - and it's all held together with a self-tapping screw in to the bore of that.

Thanks for the inspiration, great instructable and the templates. I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Because the foil is lightweight this will be an indoor rose rather than an outdoor one.

Nice job, time to put it in a vase and maybe make a few more.

mtray (author)2017-02-21

Nice job. I tried following one those other intractable you referred too, but I couldn't source copper sheets locally. I ended up with "copper" colored aluminum... you can imagine the fun I had trying heat it with a blow touch to undo the work Hardening so I could bend it after shaping it... I burn a few too many wholes and lot of lumps.

theatre_tech_guru (author)mtray2017-02-21

yeah that is why I went with steel because it was more readily available. I am going to try a few other materials but sourcing them is the problem.

doitoitmself (author)2017-02-16

Wow! Beautiful. I think I will try with all the aluminum cans I have. Is there a way to blunt the edges?

_soapy_ (author)doitoitmself2017-02-17

Not really, as the aluminium can is so thin it is blade-like even at it's bluntest. You can roll the edges over though.

doitoitmself (author)_soapy_2017-02-17

I guess i'll try that. Thanks for the advice. Again, like the roe a great deal.

mtray (author)doitoitmself2017-02-21

I tried this with Al sheets. I ran into work hardening issues. You might not have it as bad with the cans but Al will get brittal quickly after hammering or bending. (The instruction I was following was for copper and called for it to be heated to soften again, but the aluminum proved to be very touch about it)

Cris DIY (author)2017-02-19

Beautifull work! congrats! Voted :D!

Thank you so much for voting for me. I hope you find an occasion to make one and share it with all of us!

WilliamH96 (author)2017-02-16

I used a brass screw to hold the petals together. For the stem I used copper tubing and inserted the brass screw into the end of the copper tubing. I then soldered the screw and a few copper leaves I made to the copper tubing. It looks beautiful and you don't have to deal with the threads on the threaded rod.

I would love to see how you did that!

cavalier19 (author)2017-02-16

Excellent idea & awesome tutorial. Future project

PeanutPlays (author)2017-02-16

Thats really cool!

prismaticmem (author)2017-02-14

Awesome tutorial. I just had a picture pop in my head of making this rose out of soda cans. A sprite can for the leaves and a cola can for the rose petals. I have no idea if it would work but I may just try it. Thanks for the inspiration.

MarkP47 (author)prismaticmem2017-02-16

I was thinking the exact same thing. Great minds think alike!

It'll take a bit more bending and folding to blunt the edges though, or there could be some deep cuts...I suppose it's one way of keeping pesky cats out of my garden though!

Go for it! I think it would look great! please post a picture so I can see how beautiful it is.

That is so cool!

BlackoutXIII (author)2017-02-16

Nice work and great instructable. I may have to try this using copper sheet and tube. I can solder the petals, instead of using nuts, and give the whole thing a cool blue-green patina by soaking in a mixture of salt and white vinegar.

gismo_man made it! (author)2017-02-15

Did mine a little different. Used 1/4 solid rod. Drill hole in rod and peddles with a rivet and epoxy to hold it all together.

Looking good. I don't like to use epoxy because it gets everywhere and I cant breathe around it.

got to add the bottom leafs next. think I will use JB weld because the epoxy I had did not want to hold. think it's to smooth?

It probably is too smooth. Try sanding it a bit to give the adhesive some tooth to try to stick it together.

turbonegro (author)2017-02-14

Nice ible started with the copper one way back but i did not really follow through.

Partly because i got a nasty cut when i saw your instructable i remembered my knifegloves.

Now its time to make bunch with different materials thx for bringing it up

Thanks for reading my instructable. I am excited to see what you come up with and can't wait to see pictures!

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