DIY: Flower garden plate art
DIY by Kim Ehrich
This is the time of year that garden lovers like to spruce up the exterior of their homes. Being in quarantine gave me the perfect opportunity to try a DIY project of my own. Luckily, Midwest Antiques of Albert Lea was able to lend me a helping hand and had exactly what I needed. I was drawn to this project by the unique shapes of the vintage glassware and the combination of how pretty the plates shine in the sunlight.
What you will need:
3-4 vintage glassware pieces
Clear waterproof silicone adhesive sealant
1/2-inch coupling nut
1/2-inch threaded rod
Optional: glass beads, brooches or glass paint to add extra touches
1. Find your choice of glassware. I recommend various sizes and colors, opaque or solid and unique decorative embellishments. Try stacking your choice of glassware together to coordinate the desired combination.
2. Silicone the back of the piece you choose to be the second from the bottom. Place, centered, on top of the bottom plate with a generous amount of silicone. Continue stacking and gluing from largest to smallest. After gluing you can adhere the optional embellishments to the plates.
3. Put silicone on the the last inch of the threaded rod. Screw the 1/2-inch coupling nut on to the threaded rod. Set aside pieces in steps 2 and 3 and let dry for 24 hours.
4. After 24 hours, flip over the entire flower plate and place the coupling nut with the threaded rod to the back of the glassware with a generous amount of silicone. You may need to brace the threaded rod to hold it straight while it dries for 24 hours.
Kim Ehrich is a marketing specialist at Albert Lea Community Education and a local graphic designer who owns Designs by Kim LLC. She has a passion for creativity and enjoys making ideas come to life. Although she is more prone to creating digitally and is new to the hands-on aspect of the DIY scene, she finds that a great sense of accomplishment comes from any project completed.