Upcycled Metal Flowers for an Urban Garden

The hubby surprised me with a stunning bouquet of flowers. He knows how much I love flowers and pink. **I think he's a keeper.**

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, and poppy red--oh, my!

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!

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.**

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.

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 completely covered.

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 piece to paint. To be honest, a lot of paint was wasted while painting this fan cover. But, just look at that finished piece! Sooo pink and sooo adorable *wink*

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.

Poppy Red. Enough said.

Pink

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*

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 make perfect companion plants for our carrots.

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*

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.

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Upcycling and Organizing

Upcycled Organizer

Upcycled Art Organizer

If you’re like me, you want organization in your house without sacrificing style and being overtaken by plastic containers.  The good news is there are creative, budget-friendly solutions using everyday materials that we normally toss in the trash or recycling bin.  How do we restore order, especially in child friendly spaces, without being boring and breaking the bank?

When it comes to kids, they are just naturally messy…this upcycled DIY art organizer will help tame a little bit of the chaos by incorportating portable storage with a bonus area to display those masterpieces.  With some soup cans, a piece of leftover board, and paint, you can easily make fun storage for that budding Picasso!

So sit a spell with me and enjoy this easy DIY…then refill that cup of coffee for some of my favorite upcycling and organizing projects.

MATERIALS/TOOLS:

*sandpaper, hammer, drill, 1/4″ drill bit, 1/16″ drill bit, pliers, tape measure, pencil, painter’s tape, foam brushes
*6 empty cans (various sizes work great)
*1 piece of wood (I used a scrap piece of MDF 16″x24″)
*6 cup hooks (7/8″ for cans)
*2 cup hooks (1 1/4″ for art display)
*2 saw tooth hangers
*Rust-Oleum Automobile Primer (my favorite)
*spray paints (for background and cans)
*acrylic paints in various colors (for the stripes)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR EMPTY CANS

1.  Remove labels, wash and dry, drill holes at the top of the cans using the 1/4″ drill bit, and carefully sand the holes until smooth.

2.  Prime the cans following the instructions on the primer can.

3.  After primer has dried, spray paint each can using a different color.  Tip:  Place the cans upside down for best results.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BOARD

1.  Prepare board for color by sanding and priming it (follow the instructions on the primer can).  Next, spray paint the entire board one color.

2.  After the board is completely dry, tape off stripes (of various widths or same widths) using the painter’s tape.  TIP:  Smooth the tape down really well.  Then, use the foam brushes and acrylics to paint each untaped stripe a different color.

3.  Wait approximately an hour before carefully removing painter’s tape. (At least that is my magic time for success!)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASSEMBLY

1.  Attach the saw tooth hangers near the top of the backside of the board.  Tip:  Use two saw tooth hangers for heavy boards.

2.  Determine the placement of where you would like the cans to be.  Measure and mark with a dot where the cup hooks will go.

3.  Predrill a 1/16″ hole halfway into board at each hook location.  Twist the 7/8″ cup hooks for the cans into the board.  Once all six are in place, use the pliers to slightly bend the tips of each outward making it easier for the cans to be taken on and off.

4.  Add the two 1 1/4′ hooks to the bottom of the board using the same method listed above in step three.

5.  Place the cans on each hook, and fill with art supplies.

Here are a few more of my favorite ways to organize everything from art supplies to photos…why be boring!

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fun and colorful painted bowl with a touch of whimsy by LollyMollyArt–perfect for storing art brushes or office supplies

bike rim sculpture by LollyMollyArt--perfect as a stand alone art piece or as photo display

bike rim sculpture by LollyMollyArt–perfect as a stand alone art piece or as photo display

It is so easy to jazz up a plain bulletin board!  Simply decoupage tissue paper and add trimmings with hot glue. BAM!  No more boring.

It is so easy to jazz up a plain bulletin board! Simply decoupage tissue paper and add trimmings with hot glue. BAM! No more boring.

Small entertainment center made from old nightstand--removed the drawer, painted, and added a fabric top--perfect for a small space!

Small entertainment center made from old nightstand–removed the drawer, painted, and added a fabric top–perfect for a small space!  (created with love by LollyMollyArt)

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we looked at fun ways to organize.  I am off to scrub some cans for another upcycling project!

Have a blessed day!

Chasidy