Friday, November 18, 2011

Plastic Flowers? Yes, Indeed!

Those of us from the baby boomer age and older, clearly remember the plastic flowers from the fifties to the eighties that were the epitome of decor. We had them on our bridal table at our wedding! (BLEH!) Truly UGLY with dust bunnies hidden in their depths. Though they are harder to find, all is not lost!

I found the idea and instructions at Songbird several years ago and knew I wanted to do them someday. Mr D was gone this week so that 'someday' happened this week. So easy and simple to do! I used wallboard compound instead of plaster because there was a dried-up container of it and I added too much water. I thought of my plastic roses (though I've never seen roses like these...just sayin'!)waiting for me and ta-da, here they are!

- before -
After taking it all apart and swishing them around in the plaster, I placed them on this rack because it was handy...next time I'd use an old oven/grill rack. I used everything - leaves, smaller flowers and buds.
After an overnight drying time, I spray painted them with a primer and will give them a coat of flat paint when I go to HD AGAIN! They look better dull, rather than with a shine which the eggshell will do. This project takes more time than work!

I put them with my painted pumpkins that used to be the typical orange on the living window ledge...
and clustered together on top of a book.
They are a little fragile but can easily be re-plastered. Coolness itself! :)

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16 comments:

Shiloh said...

Oh, that is pretty cool. Lol, I've seen those flowers all over. I bet you could paint them too, if for some reason, you needed another color.:)

Ruby Jean said...

Oh aren't those just so Pretty... And what a Fabulous idea, I love it...

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh wow! that is neat to see those plastic flowers getting used for SOMETHING pretty again.
clever.

Pat

Kelly_Deal said...

Hi Esther! Great idea, your flowers are so pretty!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a neat idea! Very pretty!

XO,
Jane

Lori said...

Very interesting, I like it! I love the solid white with the white pumpkins, your ledge looks fantastic!!!

Beth said...

They look great! Very pretty.

Bama Girl said...

Those flowers turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I see these sometimes at thrift stores and yard sales. I'll be trying out this project.

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Well now - aren't they something? Aren't you something? Amazing the stuff you do. Can't believe they used to be used on bridal tables :) Would love to come work on projects w/ you - wish you were just a wee bit closer...

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I have been wanting to try this-yours look great!

Laurie said...

What a great idea. They went from a little frightening to stunning overnight! I can't wait to try this :)

Jennelise said...

Beautiful display! I never would have thought to do that :)
Jennelise

KOSÁR-ART said...

Így lehet kreatívan, évszaknak megfelelően felhasználni a már nem tetsző alapanyagokat!

time worn interiors said...

Great idea!
tot

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Plaster is a great medium. I've done this, but not this many at once. The rack is a great idea. They make a fantastic display.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Love your blog! Found you at Cedar Hill Ranch's blog directory. I'm now a follower.

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