Thrift Shop Purchases Re-Purposed As Decorative Garden Flower Picks

July 11, 2014
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.

Butterfly Garden Pick Tutorial
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.  

Butterfly Garden Pick Tutorial
The butterflies add some interest to this bed of sedums and hostas.  I made the grow shovel sign HERE.

Butterfly Garden Pick Tutorial

Here are more easy flower picks that anyone can make for the garden:

Slotted Spoon Flower Pick
A slotted spoon flower pick HERE.

Re-purposed Rosette Iron Butterfly
A rosette iron butterfly HERE.

Jello Mold Toadstools
Jello mold toadstools HERE.

Fork Valve Handle Flower Picks
And fork valve/handle flowers for last season HERE.

Easy Re-purposed Flower Pick Tutorials

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Everything looks darling - love your creativity!

    Enjoy your weekend!


  2. Love your garden flower cute!!

  3. Great ideas.......very creative!
    Keep having fun!

  4. I love your flower picks, Carlene...and all of your cute garden decor!

  5. Thanks for hosting! I am looking forward to checking out all the wonderful gardens!
    Garden Ponds Design

  6. These are so cute Carlene! Great upcycle... I love your new header too!


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