As long term followers of this blog already know, I love to reuse or recycle items to give them a second life. Making ceramic flowers is a perfect example of how you can make pretty ornaments from all those odd plates, cups and saucers all of us have hiding away in the back of our kitchen cupboards. And if you don’t have a multitude you can always purchase odd pieces from your local charity shop. I ended up having to purchase a couple of items to make my flowers, but for only $1 each, it didn’t break the bank.
My inspiration for making these flowers came from having to look at a rather ugly side of my metal shed for a few years and deciding I needed to do something to make it look better. I’m sure most people have an area in their garden which is a bit of an eye sore.
To make a ceramic flower you will need one plate, one small bowl or side plate and a tea cup or other small bowl. Group them together to mix and match your patterns until you’re happy with how they look together. My flowers were a bit shabby chic, but they would also look wonderful with brightly coloured ceramics. I’m also going to make some from my children’s beautiful melamine plate sets once they have finished using them.
You need to glue the ceramics together with a very strong glue. As I was hanging them up outside it also needed to be waterproof. I used an Araldite epoxy adhesive that could hold 130 kg when cured and also dried clear. It’s super strong!
Once the flowers had been glued and left to cure for a few days, I used plate holders to hang them up. For the smaller flowers, I glued on small picture hooks on the back. As I didn’t want to drill hooks into the side of our shed, I attached an old wooden trellis we had to hang the ceramic flowers on.
A big improvement! To finish of the beautification we also planted some daisies in old terracotta pots that were lying around and planted a couple of dessert apple trees for our girls to enjoy one day. I was a bit worried that the flowers wouldn’t survive a severe weather event, but they have managed to survive a couple of storms with torrential rain and wild winds and didn’t fall down, so I think they’ll survive for a long time yet.