Do you love visiting the hardware store? I certainly do.
I love to meander around… looking though all the hardware goodies, because you never know what treasures you might find to turn into something fun and funky.
When I shared my repurposed gutter leaf strainer flowers a few weeks ago I mentioned that I was working on another project using the very same lovely leaf strainers… and this is that project.
To create these tulips I’m also using some beater attachments that are usually used on electric mixers.
I pick these up whenever I see them at my local thrift store. Pairs are often in the 25 cent bin, and I do have quite a growing collection for future repurposing projects.
But now onto this project, my quick and easy repurposed diy tulips.
NOTE: If you’ve never heard of gutter leaf strainers… join the club. lol. Apparently they go open side down into eavestrough/gutter downspouts and they’re supposed to stop leaves/twigs etc from going down. I did some googling and there are many different styles in all shapes and sizes. Here we call them gutter leaf strainers, but they might also be called downspout protectors, gutter leaf filters, downspout guards… and who knows what else. If you look in the eavestrough/gutter area of your hardware/building supplies store that’s where they should be. If you can’t find this exact style you might be able to modify whatever style you find.
Using a paint and primer combo spray paint I painted the gutter strainers with two light coats of a very vibrant pink…
… and the beaters with a lovely yellow for some contrast.
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Here they are all ready to be put in the garden.
But before I could do that I needed some stems.
I checked my stashes in my little storage house and all the metal odds and ends of pipe that I had were either too long or too wide.
Then I spied something sticking out from under some lumber, and discovered a long nine foot piece of 1/2″ pvc pipe. Probably leftover from some outdoor Christmas project from years ago.
It was very easy to cut using my miter box and saw.
I usually do flowers in threes, like these clothes pin flowers, but at this point I thought three diy tulips just weren’t enough for me… so I decided on five.
I staggered the lengths of my five stems for some interest.
I spray painted the stems a gorgeous green and pushed them into the ground about 6 inches deep.
Since my tulips are not very heavy this depth is just fine.
To put my diy tulips together all I had to do was place the beater through the hole in the bottom of the gutter strainer, and then I just slip it into the pvc stem.
No glue required.
Because the nib thingy on the beater stem fits snugly into the pvc pipe it holds it in place quite beautifully.
And they were already tested.
We had quite the rainy/windy Saturday this past weekend and they got through it with flying colors, or should I say blooming colors. lol.
Now I know real pink tulips don’t have yellow insides, but you can’t see through real pink tulips either… and the beauty of creating your own diy tulips is that you can make them look any way you want.
These diy tulips can easily be taken apart and stored away for winter, and they can easily be spray painted different colors whenever the mood strikes.
I love to create repurposed flowers for my gardens for many reasons, but mainly because they bloom all season long with no watering required during these crazy hot summers.
These diy tulips really “beat” the heat. haha ( Sorry, but I couldn’t resist.) 🙂
And, there are no bulbs for the chippies to snack on. lol. That’s just an added bonus.
My hubby John is a huge Neil Diamond fan, and he says that my flowers have “forever in bloom” genes. lol.
If you enjoyed this diy tulips project you can check out all my repurposed flowers here.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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