The most difficult part of making a plate or dish flower is finding the pieces to put it together. I find all of my pieces at thrift stores, garage sales etc.
Once you have some pieces that you’d like to use the actual assembly of your dish flower is pretty easy.
How to Make a Garden Art Dish Flower
For this dish flower I’m using a vintage 9″ silver plate tray bottom from a tiered stand, a large but low glass bowl, a blue decorative bowl, and a flower shaped candle holder.
I did my assembly inside because it was way too hot outside.
So first the glass bowl gets glued on.
The reason I use a silver plate piece as the back is that it adds shimmer and it also helps keep the whole flower from breaking if it ever falls over in the wind.
Plus I love the combo of glass and silver plate pieces.
Always apply the glue to the raised parts of the bottom of each piece or they won’t adhere well if at all.
Hopefully you can see in this pic that the glue is applied to the raised outside edge of the bottom.
Once each piece is down just wiggle it in place a bit to make sure there’s a good connection between the pieces.
The candle holder also had raised parts on its bottom so that is where the glue was applied.
And again wiggle a bit once put in place.
Here’s the glue I use… Marine GOOP adhesive. It’s used in boat repair and is UV and water resistant. I’ve heard that E6000 works well also, but I’ve never used it for outdoor projects.
Once the dish flower is all together I head to my stash to see what I can add for the centre, which often makes the whole flower. This is just one of my many storage containers.
Tape all the pieces with painters tape for about 30 minutes so they don’t move. Believe me that can happen.
Remove the tape, and let your dish flower cure for about 24 hours in a cool place. This is important, the glue won’t cure properly in hot and/or humid conditions.
I find stainless steel tablespoons for 10 cents each at my local thrift store. The spoon should be flattened and bent like above. I just use a regular hammer for this.
Then it’s glued to the back of the dish flower. Decide where the top of you dish flower will be at the front and glue the spoon accordingly on the back.
Take the spoon in place and let it cure for about 24 hours. It needs to be fully cured before you place it into the pipe to display in your garden.
Before you glue the spoon make sure the end is not too wide for whatever pipe you’re going to use. I use 1/2″ or 3/4″ copper pipe, but any pipe you have around will work. Just make sure your spoon handle will fit.
Once your dish flower is cured place the spoon into the pipe, which should be inserted into the ground about 10-12″ to give it strength on windy days.
For the centre I used a blue irredescent cufflink.
When picking pieces for your dish flowers take into account what it will look like from the sides.
The best thing about a dish flower is there’s no watering required.
And just to show you that the possibilities are really endless here are a few examples of others I’ve made.
Garden Art Plate and Dish Flowers
These flowers were made exactly the same way. It’s just the pieces used to create them that were different.
If you have cold and snowy winters dish flowers should be safely stored out of the elements to keep them looking good. And please know that the silver plate pieces will age, but to me that just adds to the overall beauty of each flower.
Now that you see how easy it is I hope you’ll make one to decorate your own garden.
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