The hubby surprised me with a stunning bouquet of flowers. He knows how much I love fresh flowers and pink. **I think he’s a keeper.**
Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home renovation to upcycled treasures. Today on the blog, we will be chatting about a darling “bouquet” of flowers I created for my urban garden using fan blades and covers + reclaimed wood.
There are no step-by-step instructions for these flowers because I pretty much winged it…Seriously–I woke up, went to my basement, dug through my metal treasures, found some old fan blades and covers, and decided to create flowers from the pile of collected material.
Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at the making of a metal flower bouquet + a few tips on spray painting.
Orange, pinks, coral, and poppy red–oh, my! Before getting started, use a tarp (drop cloth, garbage bags…) to cover up anything you don’t want painted. You will not regret the few minutes it takes to do this *wink*
Always use spray paint in a well-ventaliated area or outdoors. Be sure to cover anything you don’t want painted! I cannot say that enough!
Spray in a steady motion. (Don’t go all crazy, spraying in all kinds of directions and circles.) Be sure to shake the paint can well and often. **I always spray a little off the edge of whatever I am painting in order to keep my smooth motion going.**
Allow adequate time to dry before handling. **Have I mentioned “Coral” is my new Rust-Oleum color crush?**
It takes a little patience to paint an object with lots of angles and grooves. On this one, I had to paint. Wait. Turn. Paint. Wait. Turn. Until it was finally solid orange.
This was the hardest “flower” to paint. To be honest, a lot of paint was wasted while spraying this fan cover. But, just look at that finished piece! Sooo pink and sooo adorable *wink*
Poppy Red. Enough said.
I couldn’t have only one pink flower *wink* The photos do not capture the difference between the Berry Pink and Magenta, but the Magenta (in person) is definitely a bolder pink whereas the Berry Pink is a little more on the adorable side of the pink spectrum. **p.s. y’all know I am not a photographer–but good news is I will be taking a photography workshop…hold up…I can’t spill the beans on that yet!**
Just another day in the office *big smile*
After rounding up some reclaimed wood for stems and leaves, I finally had my upcycled bouquet finished and ready to place in my small, urban garden–which the hubby and I planted on the side of our house facing the street. (Last year, I planted shrubs and flowers there. They all died. Seriously, every shrub and plant died. So, this year, we decided to try veggie and herb gardening. I am happy to say it has–for the most part–been a success.)
This area is shaded by a giant crepe myrtle, so metal flowers are perfect companion plants for our carrots.
These flowers are guaranteed not to die *wink* The carrots are doing great…the onions…not so much!
Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about my upcycled bouquet. This project was super fun, and I totally recommend looking for objects to make your own. Just use your imagination + don’t be afraid to be a little different and bold.