The Garbage Garden

I wanted to do some sort of mural on the playhouse and thought it would be fun to see what I could make using recyclables and scrap metal.

Pop can flowers are fun and really easy to make.

I’m incredibly accident prone but didn’t suffer a single cut while making these! Still not exactly a craft for little ones… But the big kids can help.

Once I had a large collection…

I took them outside and spray painted them.

When I spray painted the back of the flower, I held it against the wall of the playhouse (the mural) so that it would work as a stencil.

Wearing gloves would have been smart.

Once the flowers were dry, I nailed them up to the wall. (If you know me well, you know I’m full of sh*t here. I’m terribly impatient and didn’t wait for them to dry.)

I also used random scrap metal pieces that I collected at the dump…

The Garbage Garden!

14 thoughts on “The Garbage Garden

    1. rightbrainedmom

      Thank you!
      Well… I wouldn’t say it’s a craft for Kids, unless carefully supervised but I’m terribly accident prone and didn’t suffer any injuries while making (at least 100 of these…) so I’d say it’s not dangerous, if done carefully.
      Give it a try (carefully:) and see what you think!


  1. Billie Sue Patrick

    This is absolutely fabulous! I’ve been looking for ideas for the cinder block wall in my back yard. I knew I wanted a mural, but not photorealistic. As soon as I saw this, I knew it was what I had in mind. Would you mind if I copy your idea? Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? I don’t have kids, but I have crafty friends who would probably get a kick out of helping me with this. I will also try to figure out how to add some butterflies and maybe birds. It will be a unique work of art, but I will never forget where I got the inspiration.


      1. Anonymous

        Thank you for responding even though your post was from a long time ago. I really will keep you in mind and reply when I have something to share. Thanks again for providing inspiration for my project.


  2. Clarissa

    This is amazing! I don’t have ANY artist talent but I wanted some kind of mural painted on the side of my boring shed. I think I can actually pull this off! What did you use as a stencil for the green curling “stems”?


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