Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Unique flowers...

Hi Everyone!  Happy Wednesday!  I hope your week is going well.  I want to show you the idea I had on Saturday while I was at work.  In case you didn't know, I am the bookkeeper at the local plumbing shop.  I was helping a customer find some brass fittings in the back room when I looked in a box that contained used/vintage handles.  There was such a colorful array of handles.  And it struck me that they looked like flowers.

So I pulled out a few of them and bought them.  I got a great employee discount on them.  I got all seven for a few bucks.  So I cleaned them up and got to working on how to make them into actual flowers.
I love the colors and the fact that they are banged up and scratched.
 It was really easy to make.  And I had everything on hand.  Sorry I don't have step by step pictures.  I got started working on them and forgot to pick up the camera.
 I took a small (diameter) wooden dowel and used a black pony bead to either fit up inside the handle or one on the top and one on the bottom and sandwiched the handle in the place.  I did have to shave the dowel down a bit to fit inside the bead.  Then I glued them in place using super glue.
Then a found these leaf shaped wooden cutouts in my stash, drilled a hole in them and fed a small wire through two or three of the wooden cutouts and twisted the wire around the dowel from the top to the bottom of the dowel.
 And then I mixed up some green paint and painted the stem, leaves and the wire.
 And there you go.  Easy as can be.
 And these flowers won't wilt or die.
And I love how industrial they look. 
Plus, not everyone will have them.  I'm going to put them on a shelf in my living room so I can enjoy them every day.  I hope you are having a good week.  Big things are going to be happening around here this weekend.  Be sure to check back.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. What a creative idea! I just found your blog via bloghop party and I am so glad I did! I would love it if you followed me back at

  2. So clever! I'm going to be on the lookout at yard sales and thrift shops now for old knobs. Thanks for sharing and linking up at my *Get Creative* party!

  3. I love this!! so cool, it's fun!

  4. Those are neat, great inspiration with amazing results! I bet they would look interesting planted in a garden...
    Amy @

  5. these are fantastic!!! What a great idea. I love going through home improvement stores and looking at all the unique items that can be used for--not their original purpose. :-)

  6. Now that is creative, and they definitely won't die! Love it! I am hosting my 2nd link party, and would love for you to add this along with anything else you like!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  7. I love the way you twisted the wire around - it makes the dowels look like screws. So industrial chic! Thanks for linking up.

  8. This is a really awesome idea. I love it. Thank you for sharing, I am pinning it too!