upcycled fence flowers

Upcycled Fence Flowers: A Sustainable Splash of Color in Your Garden!

Fence Flowers are a fantastic DIY project that repurposes materials and transforms them into vibrant blooms for your outdoor space. These projects incorporate plastic plates and other materials to make lightweight, inexpensive, and durable flowers to decorate your garden fence for seasons to come.

Why Choose Upcycled Fence Flowers?

Sustainability is a key concern these days, and this project offers an excellent way to reuse materials that might otherwise end up in landfills. Upcycling involves transforming discarded items into something new and useful, and it’s a great way to reduce waste and minimize your ecological footprint. Plus, thrift store shopping for interesting plastic flower shapes is great fun and usually involves a donation to a worthy cause. Double win in my book!

upcycled fence flowers

Materials You’ll Need

  • Plastic plates (you can find many interesting options at thrift and dollar stores)
  • Flower center (large plastic lids or coasters are excellent)
  • Spray paint (Rustoleum 2X is my favorite)
  • Silicone (this is the silicone I use for garden art)
  • Screws or picture hangers and drill

Crafting Your Fence Flowers

Gather your sustainable supplies for this upcycled garden art project. The best part is that you can find many of these materials lying around your home:

upcycled fence flowers

Prepare the Materials:

Soaking in hot soapy water is typically enough to get your plastic plates clean, but using hot water with a pinch of baking soda magically loosens most stickers and labels. Let dry completely.

Paint your Fence Flowers:

upcycled fence flowers

If you have colorful plates that you already love, great. If you have clear plastic plates or want to change the color, it’s now time to spray paint.

For these clear plates I chose to paint only the back side, but you can paint both sides of solid color plates if you wish.

Create Flower Centers:

For the flower’s center, you can use contrasting plastic lids, coasters or paint a small circular design on the center of your plates. I chose a color palette of mostly yellows, pinks, and purples for this fence.

Now it’s time to assemble the layers for our Fence Flowers. I only use Silicone for securing my garden art. It’s durable, water resistant and works in extreme hot and cold temperatures.

upcycled fence flowers

Just add a narrow strip of silicone around the edge of each layer and smoosh it in place. Wipe away any residue that leaks out with a paper towel or your finger. Let the flower sit until the silicone has set, per the package instructions.

Hang your Fence Flowers:

upcycled fence flowers

There are several ways to hang your fence flowers. The easiest way is to just drill a hole in the center and screw it directly into the wooden fence.

You can also glue a picture hanger to the back of your flower and hang it from a nail on your fence just like you would for indoor artwork.

Add some greenery:

upcycled fence flowers

Paint wooden spoons or paint stirrers (free from Home Depot) to serve as stems for your flowers if you like. You can even add some realistic leaf shapes at the base of each stem. I used some metal leaf wall art (from the thrift store, of course) which was spray painted green.

Paint wooden spoons or paint stirrers (free from Home Depot) to serve as stems for your flowers if you like. You can even add some realistic leaf shapes for contrast. I used some metal leaf wall art (from the thrift store, of course) which was spray painted green.

I love how these Fence Flowers accent the gold Bloom fence art. Check out this post to see how that was made.

Check out all of the unique fence flower options in The Giant Fairy Garden, so many great option to add sustainable color to your garden.

Happy crafting!

Joanne

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