How to Make Garden Crafts

Overview

Create whimsical copper flowers for your garden with copper foil, beads and soft copper tubing. These beauties will last forever, gaining an attractive patina over time that will both blend into and stand out among the foliage and flowers in your garden. Copper foil and copper tubing are simple to cut and shape; look for copper foil in a roll at your local craft store and copper tubing at your local home improvement store.

Step 1

Select or draw a seven-petal, five-petal and three-petal flower pattern, each with a 1-inch diameter center. The overall size of the flowers is up to you; make them equal or stair-step the sizes based on the number of petals. For example, if your seven-petal flower is 8 inches across, then your five-petal should be 6 inches and your three-petal should be 4 inches. Stair-stepping the flowers will give your garden craft more dimension, but it isn't necessary.

Step 2

Trace each of the flower patterns onto the copper foil. Cut out the flowers.

Step 3

Cut a 2- to 3-foot tall section of copper tubing. Beginning 4 inches from the end, curve one end to form a hook. Drill a 1/8-inch hole through the tip of the hook, 2 inches from the end.

Step 4

Drill a 1/8-inch hole through the center of each of your copper flowers. Layer the flowers on top of each other, beginning with the seven-petal flower. Separate each of the copper flowers by a 6-mm bead.

Step 5

Insert a small bolt through the center of the flowers and the beads, then through the hole on the copper tubing. Secure the layered copper flower to the copper tube with the nut.

Step 6

Glue a colorful, flat-backed stone to the center of your copper flower, covering the head of the bolt. Make sure you use a waterproof adhesive to glue the stone into place.

Step 7

Insert the other end of the copper tubing into the ground in your garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Copper foil
  • Petal flower patterns
  • Household shears
  • Copper tubing
  • Pipe cutter
  • Drill and 1/8-inch drill bit
  • 6-mm beads
  • Small bolt and nut
  • Flat-backed stone
  • Waterproof construction glue

References

  • liquidnails.com

Who Can Help

  • whimsie.com
Keywords: copper foil crafts, copper flowers, copper garden

About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. As a content creator for Demand Studios and private clientele, Kat's work is featured on sites across the web. Kally holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.