How To Make Glass Flowers For
Your Yard and Garden
This is a simple but beautiful project.
Rated -- Easy for beginners.Materials List
- 2 glass plates, one larger and one smaller
- 1 small glass bowl, cup or shot glass
- 1 glass cabinet or drawer pull
- 1 wooden stake (the stem of the flower)
- 1 each, hex nut and flat washer to fit the threads of the drawer pull
- 1 tube of glue for glass (optional)
- 1 1/8” or 3/16” diamond core bit
- 1 drill, drill press or rotary tool (such as Dremel)
- 1 hammer to pound the stake/stem in the ground
Glass flowers are a colorful addition to almost any yard or garden. They bring additional color during the growing, blooming season and may be the only color during late fall and winter.
You'll find glass platters, chargers, plates, small bowls, cups and shot glasses in garage sales, flea markets and local thrift shops. We found most of ours at a local thrift store. Glass cabinet pulls were a little harder to find at the thrift store. Ours came from Hobby Lobby.
Overall size, number of glass layers and color combinations are up to you, the artist. There is no right or wrong combination. We found that more than three layers is too thick for most cabinet or drawer pulls.
Layer your glass in an appealing color combination.
Drill a 1/8" or 3/16" hole through the center of the plates and bowls. A diamond core bit works best. You'll need a hole large enough for the threaded part of your cabinet pull.
When drilling with small diamond core bits remember to:
- Use a slow drill speed of 1500-2500 RPM
- Use light drill pressure
- Keep the drill bit and the glass wet
We found that gluing the plates together first, makes drilling easier. However, if you let the cabinet pull and hex nut hold the glass together, you can take the flowers apart to create new flowers, reusing your existing glass.
The center of your flower is the glass drawer or cabinet pull. The threaded part of the pull goes through the glass and through a wooden stake. The stake is the stem of your flower. The stems can also be made from copper pipes or electrical conduit. A washer and hex nut on the backside of the stake hold everything in place.
Place the "stem"in the ground and you're done!
These flowers can also be mounted on fences, walls or anywhere you want some extra color in your home or yard.
If you're mounting your flowers on a wall, fence or fence post, you can substitute a flat head wood screw or masonry screw for the cabinet pull in the center. We glued a small glass bead to the screw head as the center of our flower. It hides the screw head.
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