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Thrifted Wall Flowers


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I love walking the aisles of my local thrift shops trying to find hidden treasures in the massive amount of "stuff". I have been collecting these metal pieces for a few months, unsure of what to do with them, but inspiration finally hit as I stacked them to put them away one weekend. With a little hot glue and a few coats of spray paint, these metal plates, trays, and basket transformed into gorgeous wall art!


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I played around with size combinations until I was happy with the arrangement. I love the depth and interest that layering these pieces creates. They're so unique! After painting them white, I knew they would pop on the dark colored wall of my dining room, but they would look so sweet in a girl's bedroom or as a statement piece on a gallery wall! Based on your home you could paint them an antique gold or go bold with brighter colors for a playful look! Blush pink would also look amazing!


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It might take a little patience sorting through pieces at your thrift store, but the beauty is that no two flowers will ever look alike! One of a kind gorgeous art for a few bucks? Yes please! Here's how I made them:


Sculptural Wall Flowers


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Materials

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  • metal plates, trays, or other items in various sizes. Look for scalloped edges, designs, and textures. My flowers are made up of 2 serving trays, a small metal plate, the lid of a metal sugar bowl, and a bread basket. Note - you could also use plastic pieces, just make sure your paint is made for plastic!

  • hot glue gun

  • glue sticks

  • spray paint - any color or finish you want

  • velcro wall tabs

How to Make it


Make sure your pieces are clean and tags are removed from any visible surface.


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Using hot glue, attach your pieces to each other, making sure to center each one for a cleaner look.


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Once the glue has hardened, spray your flowers with a few thin coats of spray paint, making sure to let them dry and cure according to the directions on the can. I used less than one can for both of my flowers. Tip - start with your flowers FACE DOWN to spray them. Once the first coat is dry, turn them over to spray the front. This will ensure that you get every angle covered in paint, and the front paint won't smudge by accidentally sticking to your work surface.


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When your paint is dry and cured, attach 2 wall tabs to the back of each flower and secure to the wall.


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Are you ready for the final cost? The total cost for this project was less than $15! (and that includes the velcro wall tabs!) I love displaying things in odd numbers, so I'd love to find a few more metal pieces to make a 3rd flower!


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Have you transformed some thrifted finds into something new and beautiful? Let me know in the comments! I hope you find some inspiration here! Make sure to subscribe at the bottom of the page so you never miss an opportunity to be inspired! And don't forget to tag me #therurallegend if you make some wall flowers of your own! Happy thrifting!


xoxo, L


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