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Umbrella frame trellis

posted by: jlily on 06.26.2009 at 02:40 pm in Garden Junk Forum

The ice storm finished my umbrella-but the frame wasn't in too bad of shape. I added strings for the Moon Flower vines to climb on. Then added some things for some bling.Enjoy!! Jlily

Umbrella frame Moon Flower Trellis

and another

Moon Flower vine on trellis


Using an old patio umbrella for a trellis.
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When You Come To A fork ------ #4

posted by: dcarch on 11.06.2009 at 08:34 pm in Garden Junk Forum

OK, guys, learn to do a little soldering also. It's simple.
You will need to get:
Solder (Home Depot)
Soldering flux (for stainless steel, Home Depot)








How to make the backing for a plate flower from two forks.
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Blue Bottle Vine

posted by: jlily on 03.10.2012 at 04:35 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Look what sprouted by my Walnut tree. It 's a blue bottle vine. It has been in progress for quite a while. I have learned to make wire harnesses for the bottles so they are secure. I cut the copper leaves from a copper sheet and folded the veins in. It's been a labor of love. Enjoy! Jlily




Copper sheets for leaves and copper wire for bottle holders and vines. Marbles for grapes and beads as added bling.
clipped on: 03.19.2012 at 12:28 am    last updated on: 03.19.2012 at 12:29 am

Here is a new way to make soda can roses.

posted by: mommyandme2 on 02.06.2012 at 08:18 am in Garden Junk Forum

I've made many roses out of soda cans, but this is a different way & it looks easier. I'm going to try it when I get more cans.

Here is a link that might be useful: pop can flowers


directions with pictures are included
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finished window in yard

posted by: doodys on 05.27.2010 at 03:50 pm in Garden Junk Forum

1 Photobucket


window hanging on bedpost. plate and flattened marbles glued on glass. Same design on both sides.
clipped on: 05.31.2010 at 06:38 pm    last updated on: 01.02.2012 at 12:24 pm

Finanly my finished product TAADAAA

posted by: gardencraze on 04.03.2011 at 02:35 pm in Garden Junk Forum

This is an old beat-up rusted Tea cart had no glass so I turned into a treasure AND.... an old beat-up wood ladder into a mosaic plant stand
And I don't want to leave out my blooms


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Itty Bitty Marble Snail

posted by: quidam2 on 03.30.2011 at 08:28 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I was inspired on here recently to make a snail. I am not going out and buying new stuff so making due with what I have. So, I made a snail out of a marble I had as a child, berry wire, beading wire and two plastic beads. I am going to make more to following each other around on a wooden chair that I use as a planter or around my barrel planter. I know they are small but I am working my way up to bigger ones.

Here is a link that might be useful: snail


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shabby chic critter feeder

posted by: gardencraze on 03.28.2011 at 06:00 pm in Garden Junk Forum

This is my take on the critter feeder I saw on one of the post about a year ago.
Sorry I'm all shabby chic LOL. Silly me I gave to someone that liked it. Gettin ready to do some more for the Spring Fling Garden Show in my home town April 9th & 10th.



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Dragonfly Question

posted by: gardencrone on 08.29.2009 at 05:32 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

OK. I saw some of these and decided to make one. Now I can't remember if they were grouted and can't remember if I saw them here or not and can't find them again. DUH. Could someone tell me if I need to grout these and will sanded grout work on the spoon? I still need to figure out how to hang it...would a jump ring on the center body where the wings attach work do you think? Would I need to solder the wings on? Help. Thanks, Katherine

Teal Dragonfly


dragonfly from a spoon
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stone flower planters

posted by: purplemoon on 05.29.2010 at 01:25 am in Garden Junk Forum

A friend sent this blog link and I just had to share!
What a great idea for beautiful, INexpensive, big stone planters. I love these and have got to try making myself a couple in the near future.

Here is a link that might be useful: stone planters


clipped on: 02.26.2011 at 10:42 pm    last updated on: 02.26.2011 at 10:42 pm

Flamingo Sparkler

posted by: oldcrafty on 07.23.2010 at 11:36 am in Garden Junk Forum

Completed my first attempt at a sparkler. Figured out a few changes I'd like to make on my next try....but all and all this was a good first one. At least it is useable.

Flamingo Sparkler


like the idea of using pcv pipe with the cap. Drill small holes in it to hold wires.
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Can Flower Instruction w/pix

posted by: excessfroufrou on 06.24.2010 at 02:50 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Start with 3 cans. Cut the tops off 2 of the cans and cut off the bottom of the other can with about an inch of the can left. On the 2 cans mark the bottom into 8 sections with a sharpie. Cut down the side of the can at each mark until you reach the bottom. Fold out each petal.


Cut each petal to the shape you want. Stack them on top of each other and glue together, then poke 2 holes all the way through. Thread a piece of wire to the back side (this is what you'll use to attach them to things).
Now glue the flower center( the remaining can bottom) in place. I use a box cutter and then scissors to cut the cans and GE II to glue them. Photobucket

You can paint when finished or if you want 2 tone flowers, then paint befor you assemble them.



how to use aluminum cans to make flowers
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RE: Looking for directions for blue bottle & copper creation (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: artgardener on 08.21.2007 at 11:18 am in Garden Junk Forum


PhyllisMN sent me an e-mail telling me of your request and I'd be happy to give you the directions as best as I can remember what I did!

First you will need to find an old bucket or plastic pot that you can break ( I think even a stiff cardboard one would work -like a movie theater popcorn bucket?). You will use this to support your post and to pour cement in. Follow the directions on the back of the cement bag and place your post in the center of the cement making sure to go down far enough. I would recommend about 8 inches. That should support the sculpture once you add the additional weight of the bottles.

My first bottle tree, I used an old broom handle painted with copper spray paint for the center post. That eventually weakened and broke, so I ended up dismantling the whole thing and rebuilt it.

I went to our local feed store and found a resin type of square utitily broom handle though this time so that it would hold up in the harsh weather conditions.

I drilled several holes spaced several inches apart and from different sides all the way through the post. The holes are just large enough to accommodate the larger diameter copper wire that holds the bottles (the branch wires). Honestly I don't remember the gauges of wire that I used, but I'm guessing by the looks of it the larger wire is about 1/4" in diameter. The smaller one about 1/8". You want to have the holes ONLY big enough to get the wire through with some diffuculty, otherwise the wire will flop around. I had a heck of a time removing them from the old one! You want to be able to have the wire remain stiff so you can manipulate it and support the bottles. One of my holes was too large and I wrapped the wire around the post which helped, but it still sagged more than I wanted.

Basically then I inserted the wire and after I decided on a length that I thought looked good, I cut the wire (you'll need a heavy duty cutter! or have them cut lengths for you at the hardware store) I bent the larger wires only slightly to create some gentle curves. I then sort of twisted or curled the ends a bit inward, so someone wouldn't rub against it and scratch themselves. Additionally, I decorated the ends with little glass jewels.

Once the main structure was built I decorated the post this time with bits and pieces of old broken dishes and oddball jewelry pieces using mosaic techniques. I used the clear silicon (isn't that right up there with duct tape? ) and then grouted it after it dried. Funny, I wasn't able to finish it last fall, but it worked just fine completing it this summer. If you are not going to mosiac it, make sure to paint the pole before you place the wire in the holes.

Then, take the smaller gauged wire and starting with the neck, twist the wire around the bottle spiraling towards the bottom end of the bottle. I would always leave an inch or so to twist in a spiral at the neck end several inches at the bottom end to attach to the larger "branch" wires. Before you attached the now wired bottles you can use the clear silicon to add any embellishments you have laying around. I used glass beads, old jewelry, and a few other sparkly trinkets. I also added glass jewels to the branch wires and to the post.

To attach the bottles, just twist the wire on as securely as you can manage to the branch wires. Then you can bend either the branch wire or the bottle wire to make sure the bottle is facing downward. You don't want rain to get into the bottles and freeze. That would create a whole new look! :-)

I then made leaves from the thin copper foil that you can purchase through an art supply company. Dick Blick is one source that carries some smaller pieces otherwise it comes in a roll. Check out "art metal foils".
If you have a good art supply store, they may carry it too and there may be something at the local hardware or Lowes for all I know. For those I traced around a broad leaf from a Johnny Jump Up flower using a Sharpie marker, but you can use any leaf you like or make one up too! I used that because it was a simple heart shaped type of leaf. I didn't want anything too complicated. You can cut the foil with either tin snips or an old pair of scissors. I then created some texture by using a ball peen hammer. That was fun! I had diffculty attaching the leaves so they would stay so if I were to do it again, I think I would drill some holes in them away from the edge and then attach them that way. You could attach them in such a way that some would flutter in the wind and then some more securely that would not move. I originally made thin bands of copper from the foil to fold over the stem part of the leaf.

Oh this IS getting long isn't it? Finally, I beaded glass beads of my colors that coordinated with my jewels onto some very thin wire and hung those intermittently on the tree as an additional embellishment. This step would certainly be optional, but I like them.

Once completed, dig a hole deep enough to bury the cement base and enjoy! I hope I covered it thoroughly enough for you. If not, feel free to ask questions. I don't get here much at all anymore, but I bet Phyllis would let me know. She could send you my e-mail too.


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RE: Looking for directions for blue bottle & copper creation (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: phyllis__mn on 08.21.2007 at 09:10 am in Garden Junk Forum

Is this the bottle tree you had in mind? If so, it is he work of my neighbor across the street. She is an art teacher, and doesn't post here any more.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


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Spring-time totem

posted by: doodys on 02.04.2011 at 01:17 pm in Garden Junk Forum

What to do? What to do,with all this bad weather? Why,make a Spring time totem to remind ppl that this weather won't last...Photobucket


Beautiful spring colors match perfectly. Love the crystal glassware in combinatin with the solid glassware.
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RE: Hand Painted Glass Flower (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: pollywilson on 01.24.2011 at 01:23 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Thank you, these are so fun to make and you are right the glass paint lets you use a clear plate and make it whatever color you want!

Here is a link that might be useful: Flower #2


A 2nd painted plate flower, even prettier then the first. Both are outstanding! New idea.
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Hand Painted Glass Flower

posted by: pollywilson on 01.24.2011 at 12:20 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I have gone crazy with these flowers and love painting them with glass paint. I have even gone to a few craft shows. Just a beginner but have a lot of fun doing it!

Here is a link that might be useful: My flower


painting with glass paint on the glass plate flowers. Great idea!
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RE: Something I made.......... (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: doodys on 12.29.2010 at 03:39 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I found this in the dumpster so instead of using this for picture frames I remove the metal scroll work from the wood itself to reuse it too for later project.I used glass plates plus two ash trays and siliconed them on the glass panes.I then used half marbles with some copper used on each one.I then wood burned the words'love,joy,peace and hope' on each frame.This can either be used in yard or hung off the porch using some type of chain.I prefer a old white chain to use since it goes with the frames,which by the way was brown but I distressed them and painted them white.I will try and post a clearer version of this...


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closer pics.........

posted by: doodys on 12.29.2010 at 03:42 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket


this was done on a picture frame. Used small plates, copperwire and jewels for decoration
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What to do with old picture frames?

posted by: doodys on 05.28.2010 at 03:37 pm in Garden Junk Forum

well,you could make sun catchers out of them to hang in garden or off of porch.....Photobucket Photobucket


clipped on: 05.31.2010 at 06:42 pm    last updated on: 05.31.2010 at 06:42 pm

Something I made:

posted by: doodys on 05.26.2010 at 06:16 pm in Garden Junk Forum



blue plate and glass jewels glued on glass window
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