Recycle mismatched plates, bowls or candleholders into beautiful glass garden flowers. These show-stopper garden decorations are sure to be one-of-a-kind and won’t require any watering!
3 glass plates, bowls or dishes in three different sizes
glass candleholder, salt or pepper shaker, or small vase
1 small vase that is flat on one side
Paint specifically for glass
Paintbrushes or sponges
Markers or pens for glass
Clear, waterproof silicone
Copper, metal or PVC pipe
Clean the glass pieces thoroughly with alcohol wipes and let them dry. Use either a sponge or paintbrush to paint the glass pieces, covering completely. If you want, add details like stripes, circles or petals. A couple of layers might be necessary to get full coverage. Use the markers or pens to add small details.
Bake the glass pieces according to baking directions on the paint bottles. (In general, bake at 325 degrees on the top rack for about 20 minutes.) But be careful: Very thin plates can break in the oven. And be sure to open your windows or turn on the exhaust fan, because the paints can have a strong odor when baking. Turn off the oven, and let the glass pieces cool completely before removing them.
Lay the largest plate flat on a covered surface. Apply silicone to the bottom of the next largest piece and press it down onto your base plate. Continue applying silicone to the bottom of each of the smaller pieces until the flower is assembled. Let the whole piece dry overnight.
The next day, apply silicone to the smallest vase and, holding the vase upside down, press it to the back of the flower. This will serve as the mount that fits over the pipe for display purposes. Let it dry overnight.
Pound the pipe into the ground, slip the flower over the pipe and enjoy. Now make a few more—they look great in groups of two or three.