Salvaged Metal Garden Accents

These larger-than-life flowers can bloom year-round in any garden. Use a combination of salvaged metal and found materials to pull together the fabulous garden accents.

Outdoor Project

Enhance your outdoor living space with a pair of striking and creative metal flowers. Not only will the beautiful blooms last year-round, but they're also a unique way to add character to your landscaping. Feel free to style these salvaged treasures as you please; browse your craft store for different decorative knobs, washers, and bolts to use for the center of the flower.

Garden projects you can make for under $10.

What You Need

  • 4-foot wooden garden stake 
  • Acrylic exterior paint or stain
  • Drill and 3/16-inch drill bit
  • Poster board
  • Aluminum flashing 
  • Awl
  • Scrap metal machinery part (like a gear)
  • Decorative knob
  • Washer and nut

These are the items all DIY-ers have in their tool kits.

Step 1: Create the Stem

Outdoor Project

Paint or stain the wood stake using an acrylic exterior color of your choice. Be sure that the acrylic paint you choose is outdoor-safe, as this will ensure that the color will last through all outdoor weather conditions. Drill a hole about 1 inch from the top of the stake.

Step 2: Create the Petals

Outdoor Project

Cut a flower-petal template shape from poster board. Use your shaped poster board to cut your desired number of petals out of aluminum flashing. Wear gloves and safety goggles when working with flashing.

Place your garden ornament in a container!

Step 3: Poke a Hole

Outdoor Project

Use the awl to poke a hole near the bottom of each petal, approximately 1 inch from the end. If desired, distress the petals by laying them on a rough surface and rubbing them with a wood block.

Step 4: Mold the Petals

Outdoor Project

Score a line down the center of each petal using the tip of your awl. This will allow you to bend each petal along the scoring to add dimension. Feel free to rough up the petals a little bit to give them an even more natural, textured look.

Step 5: Finish the Flower

Outdoor Project

Find a decorative knob of your choice at a secondhand store or even off of one of your own pieces of furniture. Poke the threaded end of the decorative knob through the hole of the machinery part and each petal, then through the hole in the stake. Add a washer and nut to secure in place.

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