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iratokid
« 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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