Sunday, 4 May 2014

Tutorial: Recycled coffee pod flowers

You may remember that I was trying to come up with a use for the pods which are used in our coffee machine.  This is what they look like new, then cleaned out after use (the disc is a sort of filter in the bottom):

What you will need:
- cleaned coffee pods (2 per flower)
- filter discs (1 per flower)
- glitter
- paint (I used acrylic)
- PVA glue
- hot glue gun
- florist wire
- scissors and round nose pliers
- something to display your flowers in

Step 1:  Cut your pods into a flower shape. I decided to go for spiky starburst with a daisy or sunflower in mind. Cut one pod with petals the full size of the pod then another with half size petals, that way you can stack them.

Step 2: Paint some PVA glue on the flat side of the filter discs and sprinkle with the glitter of your choice. Shake off excess and put to one side to dry.

Step 3: While your centres are drying, paint the outside and inside of the flowers in the colour of your choice and allow to dry.

Step 4: Use the flat nose pliers to make a loop in one end of the wire big enough so it won't slip through the hole in the flower and snip the wire to the length you want.

Step 5: Assemble! Use hot glue to glue the glittery centre into the smaller of the flowers, then thread the big flower on the wire, put a blob of hot glue over it and press the small flower inside. Voila!  

Now you have your flowers you just need something to display them in.  I have had this ceramic bottle for years and years but couldn't bear to throw it away because it is so nice. I cut the cork so that it wouldn't sit too proud of the bottle, but wouldn't push through either, then put a bit of glue on the end of the wires and stuck them in the cork.  It's all finished off with a bit of ribbon from my stash which happens to match the flowers.

So here they are, the 'van Womble Sunflowers'.

Let me know how you get on with your if you decide to have a go. 

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