Winter is here bringing frost, cold (relatively speaking, I live in California), and a garden lacking much in bloom. This time of year, when the color is sparse, I love to spruce things up with a bit of yard art. If you have visited any garden center or nursery you probably have noticed how pricey yard art can be. But, yard art doesn’t need to be expensive. There are a lot of wonderful projects you can make yourself with materials found around your home. For example, I recently created yard art flowers using old bottle caps that had accumulated in my junk drawer.
With a few snips of a metal cutting shear, an old wire hanger, and some paint, I was able to transform my “junk” into fun and decorative yard art.
Whether you are looking for a way to add some color to your yard or just want to re-purpose old bottle caps, this is a great way to do both. Enjoy!
- Bottle Caps
- Metal Cutting Shear
- Outdoor Paint
- Stiff Wire (I re-purposed wire coat hangers for this project) or Thin Metal Garden Stakes
- Strong Bond Glue, such as E600
- Clean bottle cap using soap and water.
- Cut the folds in the bottle cap rim using a pair of metal cutting shears. Depending on the look you want for your flower you can either cut every fold (for a thin petal) or every other fold (for a wider petal).
- You can choose to turn either the front or back of the bottle cap into a flower. Each side has a slightly different texture and will create a different effect. Depending on the side you choose to paint, use pliers to bend the petals (you created by cutting the cap) slightly forwards.
- Paint your flower (see design inspiration below).
- Use strong bond glue to attach the metal wire to the back of the bottle cap. Allow the glue at least 12 hours to dry before moving.
- “Plant” your flowers in the garden by gently pushing the metal wire into the soil.
Painted with Thin Petals
Cutting the rim of your bottle cap every fold will create a thin petal.
Painted with Wide Petals
Cutting the rim of your bottle cap every 2 folds will create a wide petal.
Painted with Logo
If you have a bottle cap with an interesting logo in the center, you can paint the outside petals and leave the logo unpainted.
Painted with Design
If you have a bottle cap with an interesting design in the center, you can paint the outside petals and leave the design unpainted.
A bottle cap daffodil can be created by gluing an uncut bottle cap onto a cut bottle cap.
Then paint the petals and center of the cap.