Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Series 1 - Part 4: THE FEAST OF THE FLOWER: Plastic

What is this "Feast of the Flower", you ask?

Well, you see, I am on a mission to make 50 different flowers using 10 different media/techniques over 10 posts (not necessarily consecutive...). I have already crocheted 5 flowers, made 5 flowers out of toilet paper rolls and 5 more out of fabric. Today I struggled with plastic... Wow, it was hard to design and make 5 different plastic flowers, I must say. Not only was it hard but it was difficult too. I kept fussing with them and changing them and tweaking them. Some I threw right back into the recycling bin from whence they came. I can't even say that I am satisfied with all the flowers I'm posting, but I guess that happens, right? I mean, honestly, sometimes I really don't like the things I end up with. Today is one of those times. But, I chalk it up to life and learning, and especially learning to accept that sometimes I, too, can make crap! C'est la vie!

I made most of the flowers out of plastic water bottles and also out of this long plastic box that my curtain rods came in when I bought them months and months ago now.

So here are the flowers!

Flower #1: Wasn't too bad before I went and painted the darn thing...

Here it is painted... Front...

And back...

Flower #2: Before paint

After paint... I also added a round piece on the back for dimension.

A closeup...

Flower #3: I actually like. Here it is before adding the crocheted border.

And after.

Flower #4: Before assembling, and I also added a little paint after this...

Here is the paint I added.

And here it is assembled. It's not too bad, I guess, eh?

And here is Flower #5.

Closeup of the back.

And of course, some group photos, can't not do group photos, am I right?

And that's that. Have a great day or night depending on where you may be!


  1. I love flower #4. It looks like you had great fun.

  2. I wish I had an ounce of your talent!

  3. I really love the 3rd and 4th flowers. They are beautiful.

  4. You are incredible Michele. I see plastic and you see flowers! I like No 4 the best. OTT. Ann :-)

  5. These are amazing Michele! I hadn't seen these before..
    Love the crochet one and #4 the most :)

  6. my favorites are the flowers number 4 and 5. I think I will try to do this:)

  7. Michele, May I ask how you get the plastic so flat? I have tried several times to 'create'something from soda bottles but I can't seem to get them flat enough to work with. Any suggestions would be helpful.
    Like many others, I also like #4 the best! Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa,

      The flat plastic you see in some of the flowers is actually from packaging that is already flat to begin with. I cut it up and made flowers with it. So in #4, I used pieces from a plastic bottle and combined it with a piece from some flat packaging. Hope that helps Lisa. :)

  8. Number 4 reminds me of a water lily. You did a great job!


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