How to create a Wall Flower

July 14th, 2011 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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The flowers have a three dimensional quality making them more interesting than something flat to the wall.
I started with a cultivator disc (rusty), another farm ditty (rusty, and Im sure someone will know exactly what this is and enlighten my clueless little brain), rebar (rusty), and some hardware (rust added).
I am using a wall I had made for such projects, but I want you to envision using a well weathered door on stands. These flowers are very heavy so I think they are better on a door, but could be fashioned to be free standing with a welded rebar base that sticks into the soil. I chose to drill a hole through the door and use a large bolt, washers, and nuts.By the way....those are not my hands. Sometimes it takes more than one monkey in the zoo to create a project Meet the hands of Mike. Hes going for a manicure tomorrow!
After the hole has been drilled, place a washer on the back side of your door and run the bolt through the hole. I used an 8 inch bolt.
Move around to the front of your door and slip the disc on the bolt.
Then slip on the other farm junk finery and secure with a washer and another nut. See how nicely the new hartdware has been rusted.
As quick as you can say Bubs your uncle you have the bloom of your flower in all its rusted glory.
Now this little pretty needs a stem. Or should I say little pretties. I  wanted a groupiing rather than a single bloom in my rusty garden. I  grabbed pieces of old rebar and cut it three different legths...3 ft., 4  ft., and 5 ft. You dont want all of your flowers at the same height,  right? After cutting the rebar the ends are pretty sharp so you should  grind them for safety reasons. Tip: Do not touch the end of the rebar  right after cutting. Its hot. After your cutting and grinding is complete slip the stems under the bases of your discs and use heavy duty staples to secure them to your door.
Use more than one staple...one at the top, one in the middle, and one towards the bottom to make sure that your stems stay where you want them.
 
Me thinks that some nice grasses would be loverlie planted at the base of your wall flower door. Native grasses would add a nice prairie garden feel.
I know its not a real flower, but it sure seems to be enjoying the sun!
Three little monkies jumping on the bed, I really couldnt think of anything else to say so thatt what you get. :)
The flowers have a three dimensional quality making them more interesting than something flat to the wall.

The flowers have a three dimensional quality making them more interesting than something flat to the wall.


I know many of you are big fans of the rust, so this should be a hit with all of you. The parts and pieces that were not rusty were given some. I envision these flowers growing on a crusty old door in the center of an old fashioned garden.


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Comments (4)

patina+whimsy writes: Those are great! I believe those are rotary hoes that were once attached to a piece of farm machinery. They were used to bust up dirt clods. There are several different designs. I've seen some larger ones that look like suns. The next time I visit family in OK, I'll have to search for some! :) Posted: 9:48 pm on August 9th
JunkArchitect writes: I can just imagine the history behind those old farm implements.

Beautiful rusty repurpose!

Jim
Posted: 7:49 am on July 15th
georgiamoon writes: Sue, these are FANTASTIC. I love them very much. They are amazing and I want a whole garden full of them. When I ever get a wall that can hold them I am going make some too! xoxoxox Geo Posted: 11:01 am on July 14th
RustyDiva writes: These are EXACTLY the kind of flowers we need in Texas right now. They don't need rain and the wind and fires wouldn't bother them. Love em!!!

Kenda Posted: 10:41 am on July 14th
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