I wanted to do a little recycling and I was inspired by the dandelion. A bunch of water bottles later and I ended up with this garden gem!
Yup! Dandelion Yard Art!
For a little non-backyard dandelion decor, I made a beautiful Dandelion Paperweight that was so easy and I think you will love it!
Supplies You Will Need for the Dandelion Yard Art
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- Styrofoam ball – I used a 4 inch size
- A bunch of water bottles
- Pigment powder (optional)
- Dowel rod
- Outdoor acrylic paint
- When deciding on which resin to use, there are a lot of qualities that might be appealing, UV resistant, price, heat resistance, etc. Just make sure to select a resin that fits your needs.
- Use whatever brand you like:
- Easy Cast: http://amzn.to/2yjYmBC
- Art Resin: http://amzn.to/2yk9X3z
- Clear Cast: http://amzn.to/2z4rxGw
- These are heat resistant resins:
- FX Poxy: http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F.
- Stone Coat: https://amzn.to/2FZoWX8
- Adult supervision – if you are young or can’t be trusted around an open flame
Here is the Video Tutorial So You Can See Exactly How I Made It:
Lots of Yard Art!
I’ll walk you step by step through the dandelion-making process below. However, if you want more yard art ideas, I have a few other garden art projects that you will love!!!
- Recycled Flower Garden Art
- Recycled Sunflower Garden Art
- Artichoke Inspired Garden Art
- Giant Ants Recycled Garden Art
- Sunflower Garden Art Wall Hanging
- Ladybug Garden Craft
Directions On How To Make The Dandelion Yard Art
1. Take your dowel rod and insert it into the styrofoam ball. Remove it. Add glue and reinsert. Set it aside to dry.
2. Take some old scissors and plastic bottles and carefully cut them into strips. See the video above to see how I cut them.
You will need a bunch! I suggest you either do it over time or recruit friends and family to help!
3. Once you have them cut, light your candle.
Hold the plastic strips at either end. Hold above the candle and gently melt them.
Don’t hold them too close and DO NOT stick your fingers too close or in the flame!
Then, hold at one end to melt the opposite end.
*The reason I melted the plastic strips is that the water bottles are very thin and flimsy. When you melt them, they become thicker and rigid – much like Shrinky Dinks. I didn’t think about it until later, but it’s possible it might work in the oven. If anyone tries it, be sure to report back and let me know how it went. Otherwise, watch the video above to see the melting technique.
4. Paint the styrofoam ball and dowel rod. I used an outdoor acrylic paint.
5. Mix your glue and pigment powder – this is optional. Instead of pigment powder, you can mix it with just glitter too!
6. Smear the glue mixture onto the styrofoam ball, one section at a time. Put it on pretty thick. Then, stick in your plastic pieces.
You do not want them all in a row. You want them staggered.
Continue doing this until the whole ball is covered. Allow to dry.
TIP: Keep a damp paper towel on hand to wipe your fingers.
7. Once dry, take your glow-in-the-dark paint. Use whatever glow-in-the-dark paint you want to use. With a small brush, dab the paint in the areas between the plastic bottle pieces. Also dab on the ends to the plastic bottle pieces. Allow it to dry.
8. Mix up your resin. This step is optional. I used it because I really wanted it protected outside and I wanted it to have a shiny finished look. If you are not planning to put it outside, you can skip this step. I mixed some fine glitter into the resin…just for a little extra sparkle.
9. If you are doing the resin, wrap the stem in a garbage bag and plastic wrap, so the resin won’t run down the stem and get stuck to anything. Also, put the stem in a garbage can, so it can stand upright and when it drips, the garbage can will catch it.
10. Slowly, pour the resin onto all sides of the styrofoam ball, making sure it is covered. Also, take a disposable foam brush and dab it on the ends of the plastic pieces to protect the glow-in-the-dark paint there. Allow it to cure.
11. Once cured, remove the garbage bag and plastic wrap.
*I had little resin from another project I was working on and I painted the lower part of the dowel rod with the resin. I did that so when it is stuck in the ground, the water will not rot the wood dowel rod.
Once everything is dry and has cured, you will have a one-of-a-kind piece of dandelion yard art. It will brighten your garden day and night!
I used a dandelion as my inspiration and that is why I used green on the styrofoam ball. There is no reason it could not be pink, or yellow, or blue, or any other color! Doing it again, I think I would go with a bolder and brighter color.
I also think this would be awesome if instead of using a dowel rod, you used an eye screw and suspended it from the ceiling. I could be used a home decor accent piece. With a black light, it would really be awesome!! Do they make black solar spotlights? Hmmmm…
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So…I Love The Dandelion Yard Art, But…
This project is a little time-intensive, so you might prefer an alternative. Here are some great dandelion yard art options and other solar garden decor ideas:
Thanks for stopping by!
Remember: Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™ Stay safe!