Sunday, March 13, 2016

Glass Garden Flowers

Waiting for spring to arrive in Wisconsin is no longer flower free.  A while back, I decided to enjoy some glass flower blooms while my tulips and irises were thinking about growing.  I created glass flowers that bloom all winter long.
  
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Upcycled Glass Flowers

Creating glass flowers from vintage glass platters, bowls and dishes salvaged or reused, "upcycled" into blossoms of glass adds a real glow to my winter garden.

Upcycled glass flowers reused
Upcycled Glass Flowers
The flower are cheery on overcast days, but when the sun comes out the flowers can explode into a shower of sparkling glittering points of light.  (The photos don't do the flowers justice.) 

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Reused vintage glass in flowers

Most of the glass was found at rummage sales, goodwill, and estate sales.  Many of the larger pieces have significant scratches, some of the platters are even chipped, but the flaws disappear at a distance.

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Reused vintage glass in flowers
Selecting the combinations of glass to use adds a lot of fun to the creative process, and I find myself saving special centers for just the right platter combination. 



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Glass Flowers close-up
The way the pressed glass sparkles in the sun and the reflections and shadows produced makes me smile.

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A display of upcycled glass flowers

This summer I might mass the flowers in the backyard, in and surrounded by more greenery, but for now they brighten up my front yard.  It's just as well I live near the end of a quiet cul de sac, I'm not sure the whimsy would be appreciated in some suburban homeowners associations.  

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29 comments:

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

These are beautiful and so creative. Love the colors. Your creativity is amazing! Thanks for sharing at DI&DI.

Ann said...

Your flowers are beautiful! Please share how you attached them to the stakes.
Ann
http://theapplestreetcottage.blogspot.com/

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Your glass flowers are so creative and look beautiful as a garden of them! I recognize the deviled egg dish! lol

Christine Graves said...

Wow, what a bright spot of color until your blooms arrive. Love it!

Lynn said...

I am also wondering how you attached them to the stacks. They are beautiful!

Tamar SB said...

Those are so cool! Thanks for sharing!

bj said...

How colorful these are...really pretty.
Happy Ruby.....

Angela said...

These are so fun! I want to make some!

Margaret Adamson said...

very bright and colourful.

Claire said...

My kind of flowers no maintenance and in bloom all year long. I bet they look fantastic in the sun.

Shelia said...

Oh how pretty these are! I love them. I can just imagine how they look when the sun catches just at the right spot! You're very clever and thank you so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Villrose said...

A great idea! Would like some...

Jeanne Selep said...

Hello All! Especially for Ann and Lynn - I currently attach the flowers with a bent spoon glued to the back. The spoon's oval part is flattened and glued upside down to the platter, the handle is bent toward the ground and slides into the conduit pipe. I'll try to do another blog showing the back. I experiment with glues, but occasionally the flower "heads" droop and fall off, and it is reattachment time. A friend who does these for sale uses a very different method. If I create another blog post I'll show both methods.

Jann Olson said...

Wow, you have created some gorgeous ones! There is a lady that makes similar ones and sells them here at a vintage sale. I bet they are gorgeous when touched by the sun! Glad you're sharing them with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Muchmore Creative said...

Love these! I want to try to make some sometime. Have a great week :)

Christine Vandormolen said...

Hi Jeanne, thanks so much for leaving me some comment luv on my Easter Porch. I tried to reply directly to your comment, but you came up as a non reply blogger, but I tracked you down with the link to your blog!!!!! Thanks and Happy Spring! The glass flowers are soooo fun and playful looking!

Art and Sand said...

What a fun way to add color to your garden.

Thanks for sharing at SYC.

JES said...

How beautiful! I have never seen anything like this! Thank you for sharing at the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! :)

Debbie Moore said...

These are fantastic! What kind of glue did you use? I've had trouble finding glue that really holds well ... Thanks so much for sharing.

Sylvia said...

Jeanne, I love your glass flowers. My favorites are the turquoise and the yellow sunflower ones. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

Valerie CottageMakingMommy said...

Beautiful and oh so colorful.

Cherie said...

They look incredible. I bet they are stunning on a sunny day

the cape on the corner said...

this is so awesome! my aunt gave us a bird bath made of vases and plates, i'd love to make her something like this bc she loves yard art.
thanks,
b

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My Cozy Corner said...

Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop

Marcela Cavaglieri said...

Thank you for joining the party. Fantastic creations , great recycling idea!

Birgitta said...

These are so beautiful and creative! Thanks for sharing!

Gemma Wiseman said...

What a clever and creative idea. Each one is so very beautiful. My favourites are the yellow and the blue ones.

Rostrose said...

OMG Jeanne - I missed this post when you linked it to A NEW LIFE in March, but now I saw it and I'm thrilled! What a great job you did!! Big compliments!
Hugs from Austria, Traude
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