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« on: April 03, 2008 04:28:14 PM »

Here is my entry for the dollar store challenge!  I had a really hard time deciding what to do, but finally settled with this idea.  It was inspired by the fairy wings that people make using wire hangers and panty hose.  I needed something decorative, so I decided on making a fake plant using things you wouldn't normally think of in a floral arrangement.



I started with:
2 packages of knee high stockings (3 sets in each package) ($2)
1 white plastic fence ($1)
1 plastic flower pot ($1)
2 green "wind twisters" ($2)
1 package easter egg dye ($1)
1 package wire hangers ($1)
1 styrofoam cube ($1)
1 package florists wire (not pictured) ($1)
total: $10



I started out by dying the stockings in the egg dye.  I was afraid it wouldn't work, but I let them soak a LONG time.  And the color seemed to stick pretty well.



i cut the hangers in half and formed each petal, then covered them in the dyed stockings.  After that I attached each petal to one another with the florists wire and then attached the finished flowers to the wind twisters (I broke one in half so I would have 3 stems).  After this, the stems were stuck into the foam block in the pot.  leaves were made from the remaining panty hose and hangers and stick into the foam.  I used the scraps from the leaves to cover the foam in the top of the pot.  Lastly, the fence was wrapped around the pot (it snaps together).  And voila! a decorative fake plant that will last for years!

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2008 04:33:46 PM »

Wow, those are lovely! Who knew panty hose could be so great?
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2008 04:36:28 PM »

Very elegant looking flowers! I love the petals.

Did you find shaping the wire to be easy? I'm just curious as I want to use hangers for something and you've done such a great job at shaping them!

The color of the petals is very delicate too, lovely Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2008 04:39:52 PM »

shaping the wire wasn't hard, just hard on my hands.  I just straightened each wire out, cut it in half, then formed it into a circle by twisting the ends together.  After that I just pulled on the end opposite the side twisted together to form a point.  I would recommend using pliers and maybe even gloves.
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2008 04:42:19 PM »

Very creative and original...I would never have thought to use hangers, panty hose dyed with Easter coloring to make flower petal and leaves and it turned out very lovely!
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2008 04:45:22 PM »

Fabulous!! I love this idea Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2008 04:47:58 PM »

These are friggin wicked!

I laughed when I saw the pic..Knee-high tulips....not knee high tulips.

How tall are they btw ?
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2008 04:51:46 PM »

they're probably 2 1/2 feet tall? Maybe 3.
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2008 04:59:14 PM »

that's such a beautiful idea Smiley the end result is gorgeous!
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2008 05:14:05 PM »

Wow. It's beautiful. I love it.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2008 05:33:47 PM »

such a great idea it looks extremely pretty too!
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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2008 07:04:47 PM »

Absolutely AMAZING!  The blossoms are sooooo elegant and sophisticated - just incredible!
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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2008 07:14:36 PM »

So pretty and smart!!
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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2008 09:38:52 PM »

thats a spectacular shade of purple!
v pretty!
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« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2008 09:51:10 PM »

what a kewl idea!
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« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2008 09:53:20 PM »

What a great idea to dye the pantyhose!  I am amazed at all the imaginative things people have come up with for this challenge!
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« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2008 05:41:17 AM »

Very nice.  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2008 06:16:56 AM »

Tulips are my favorite flower, and these are gorgeous!
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« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2008 07:45:30 AM »

these look so pretty!
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« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2008 01:58:12 PM »

They're very pretty... which seems like an odd thing to say about pantyhose flowers, but it's true. Great job. Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2008 02:04:59 PM »

Freaking awesome!!!!  I would have never known they were made from pantyhose. 
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« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2008 06:33:29 AM »

Ohh, they look really beautiful. Great job  Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2008 04:59:55 PM »

The creativity expressed through this challenge is amazing!
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« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2008 07:56:44 PM »

I loved how you used the twisty wind things as the stems!

Great job!
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« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2008 07:58:15 AM »

Those are cool!  Now I know what to do when my nylons start to run...   Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2008 07:18:37 PM »

so beautiful!
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« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2008 01:50:04 PM »

WOW! This is sooo cool!
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« Reply #27 on: June 21, 2009 12:51:08 PM »

How pretty! I'm posting about this at Dollar Store Crafts in July.
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« Reply #28 on: July 13, 2009 08:01:31 PM »

Wow, you did a wonderful job.  You should definitely check out www.newsheer.com.  I'm going to make some nylon flowers and put it in a pot like you. That just looks awesome. Brilliant idea. Smiley
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