Can you guess what these are? I saw them for $2 at a local thrift shop, and asked the clerk. She didn't know, but they had them situated with old tools and such. Luckily, they had some writing on the ends. They were marked Ekco Forge Aluminum Heat Rods. I googled them when I got home and found out they were for baked potatoes.
I also purchased these three gold butterflies made in the 1970's by Burwood for $1. They are plastic or Syroco like Homco and Home Interiors plaques from the 1970's.
I think these butterflies were originally white and a previous owner spray painted them gold.
I glued a large washer on the bottoms of the butterflies with E6000. I also dropped a little glue in the heat rod's handle to make sure they didn't come off in the garden.
Then glued the butterflies onto the heat rods with E-6000 too. I used an old can of American Accents Heirloom White spray paint that sprayed out with a rather gritty finish. At first I was not happy but after I added another coat and the paint even crackled a bit, I LIKED the texture.
The butterflies add some interest to this bed of sedums and hostas. I made the grow shovel sign HERE.
Here are more easy flower picks that anyone can make for the garden:
A slotted spoon flower pick HERE.
A rosette iron butterfly HERE.
Jello mold toadstools HERE.
And fork valve/handle flowers for last season HERE.