I have seen recycled plate flowers in high upscale galleries in tourist towns for a few years now. The price tag on the glass flowers is outrageous. So, I set out to learn how they were made and try my hand at making my own.
More than likely you have plenty of glass plates sitting around your home to try this economical and retro garden gem.
The first time I tried to make a garden flower, I slowly drilled a hole in the back of the plate in a shallow bowl of water using a Dremel Tool. It was time consuming. I used a bolt and nut and then attached the pole my husband created for the flowers stem. It turned out rather well.
After browsing through the hardware store I found a simple solution for creating the flowers. It is a piece you can attached with cement glue to the back of the plate and then screw a copper pole for the stem. If you can’t find the piece in your store you can order it online here: 1/2″ BELL COPPER PIPE HANGER or also here: Jones Stephens Corp. H83-050 Copper Pipe Hanger (Bell Type) (Pack of 25)
If you want to create a layered look for your flowers you can use cement glue or a product called Sticky Ass Glue SAG4OZ Waterproof Stubbornly Strong Glue and glue additional pieces to the front of the first glass plate.