Friday, June 7, 2013

Bicycle Wheel Garden Art - Steel Magnolias

We recently had to do something with our overgrown fitzers on the corner of our front yard. We hired someone to bonsai them for us...unfortunately, we lost the one in the middle.  What to do now??? Well I love bicycle wheels and the thought came to mind that I could make giant flowers out of them. So I explained my idea to hubby, Ron, who put the mechanics to the idea and this is what we did.

So many people have stopped to take pictures and comment that we decided to make some to sell. They are now available for purchase at Vandel Antiques in downtown old Littleton.

It was a neighbor who came by and said, "Hey! I like your steel magnolias!"  So the credit for the names goes to him.

You can get them in many variations and colors.  Red, white and blue ones were available for the Fourth of July and Americana decorators. We also make sunflowers, which have been very popular. If you, don't see what color you have in mind, just tell Vandel's the color and size you want and we can make it special just for you.



My Steel Magnolias



Pink Posies at Vandel Antiques

Sunflowers




Now available for purchase at Vandel Antiques in old downtown Littleton



17 comments:

  1. Our beloved "Bicycle Don" passed away yesterday. He was part owner of Al Petri & Son Bicycles in Lincoln Park, Michigan. As a tribute to him, we would love to purchase some of your steel magnolias for his wife's garden. What state are you in? How can we purchase these long distance if necessary? Find me on facebook please Cynthia J. Socull....Lincoln Park, MI

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  2. I would love to purchase too but I'm in WA do you ship?

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  3. Sorry - we do not ship. Thanks for asking.

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  4. Hi, I work as an activity coordinator at an assisted living community. We are in a first impression landscape contest. I would like to cover our lawn with these flowers. How are they attached to the stem?

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  5. Maybe before you "take your bike to the junk yard " you take it to a bike reclaimation place and the bike and or parts are Reused to ( supprise ) a BIKE!

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    1. This is a fun and friendly post about reusing and recycling old parts to make something lovely. I really don't think your comment is called for. Not all old bikes are reclaimable, and many would consider a charming garden ornament a better use than a fix up. It is just a matter of personal opinion. thanks and peace.

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    2. Awww come on. That comment was just fine. Yours however was uncalled for.

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  6. What is the stem and leaves made out of? They are super cute!

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  7. What is the stem and leaves made out of? They are super cute!

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  8. To all of you who have been asking about our bicycle wheels...
    We are currently working on directions for making these. We will let you know on this blog when it is available.
    Thanks to everyone for your interest!

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    1. Please post a link on here when you get the How To directions on making these works of art! I will be checking back just to find out! Thanks!

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    2. Thanks tons for directions. I've been toying with making something like this and came across yours when I was googling. I'm very interested in how you attach them to the stem- do yours spin? I was trying to figure out a way to make mine able to spin, preferably without welding. :)

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    3. Thanks tons for directions. I've been toying with making something like this and came across yours when I was googling. I'm very interested in how you attach them to the stem- do yours spin? I was trying to figure out a way to make mine able to spin, preferably without welding. :)

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    4. Where can I find the instructions to make these? So cute!

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    5. Almost a year later and still no instructions. WOW afraid someone might make them and cost you a few bucks?

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  9. I used an old broom/mop handle for the stem, I drilled a hole and used a washer on both sides of the wheel with a nut and bolt. then I used wire hangers to mimick the leaves. I also tried cutting the shape out of plastic bottles and srewing the pedals on after I painted them. Works great either way ! Enjoy!

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  10. Milk jugs make perfect leaves once spray painted green. I made them when I made my tulips from pop cans on a dowel.

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