Introduction: Metal Flower (upcycled)
This instructable is for a flower bed/patio decoration.
I needed something with color out front and since the area gets full sun, I'm limited on what plants/decoration I can use. After a test run to work out the bugs (on the shorter yellow flower) I came up with using a couple vegetable steamers that you can pick up cheap on ebay, amazon, goodwill, etc. Hope you like it & I encourage feedback, tips, & critique.
Step 1: Supplies:
Vegetable steamer basket -
these are very inexpensive & easily obtainable through Amazon, Ebay, Goodwill, etc. You will need 2 different sizes to give it a more finished appearance.
5/16 threaded rod -
the diameter is up to you but I found this size is sturdy enough to support various heights yet still bendable (with effort).
The height is your choice but remember you'll be driving it in the ground at least 1 ft. deep. I made this one taller to accent my shorter test flower.
5/16 nut & lock washers - especially if you're doing the 2 basket type.
5/16 axel nut (cap) - I used this to give a clean appearance
Drill with 9/32 drill bit
Hammer & 1 nail
Green floral wire
Paint (colors & clear)
Sandpaper/Emery cloth or Drexel tool
JB Weld (optional for the axel cap)
Step 2: Creating the Flower...
Go around to each of the pieces and clip the corners on both sides all the way around. I made larger cuts on the larger basket and minimal cuts on the smaller basket so it would appear as leaves and flower petals.
Once this is done, take your Emery cloth or Dremel tool and smooth the sharp edges and round off sharp corners.
Step 3: Making the Leaves...
For your leaves, cut the tops and bottoms off a few tin cans, cut up one side, and flatten the aluminum sheets out. I found a couple generic leaf stencils online and simply drew out basic leaf shapes with a sharpie. These were cut out with regular scissors, then the edges sanded with Emery cloth or regular sandpaper, then painted green. I went back and lightly brushed on a lighter green to add texture and dimension. Once it's dry, simply apply two light coats of clear spray paint.
Step 4: Paint & Assembly...
first, Paint your threaded rod with 2 coats of paint (drying in between) and finish with clear coat.
You'll have to bend the end of the threaded rod. This can be done with a table vise, vice grips, or find a decent space in blocks to bend it by hand. if done with vice grips, rap the threaded rod with a towel or something to protect the threads.
(If the center holes of the baskets are not large enough, use a 9/32 drill bit to drill out the whole and the basket will screw on the rod)
Next, screw one of the nuts on to the end of the rod about an inch. this is where your larger basket will be mounted. After placing the larger basket on to the threaded rod apply a lock washer and a nut and tighten it down. (Apply paint/clear coat to touch up & blend the nuts & lockwashers)
Once dry, screw another nut on to the end of the rod about a half inch from the end and your finished smaller basket wil go on the rod next.
At this point, I first dry fitted the axel cap to ensure my spacing was right for the small basket nut & axel cap. I used JB Weld Quick inside the axel then screwed the cap.on. Let it sit so everything can cure.
Step 5: Adding Leaves...
Take your floral wire and twist two lengths together. I put two ends in a drill and took the easy way to twist it. Once you have two strands twisted together, wrap it around the threaded rod with equal lengths on both sides. twist ties to length together all the way to the tips. The drill comes in handy at this point so that it's twisted very tight and there is no movement around the rod.
next, decide how you want your Leaf to point and tap to small holes into it with your nail and Hammer. your wire will feed in one hole from the bottom side and out the other, then can be folded back under the leaf.
Step 6: Planting Your Flower...
Drive your threaded rod into the ground at your desired height, ensuring
1) it is deep enough to keep your flower stable
2) you avoid any irrigation, water, or electrical lines.
** I hope you like the finished product. It definitely adds some color and pop to an otherwise plain area. Thanks for checking it out