Recycled Backyard: Slinky Flower Pot Stakes

Jill Staake

One of my favorite websites to visit for craft and project ideas is Dollar Store Crafts, where everyday the editors share new ideas for projects inspired by items found at the dollar store. Every once in awhile, I hit my local dollar store to see what I can come up with from the items available. Today’s project was sparked by a miniature plastic slinky I already had on hand. I found more of these at the dollar store (they’re also available at party supply stores and online sites), along with some other simple items to create colorful decorations for my potted plants at a cost of less than 50 cents per stake.

Slinky Flowers by Jill Staake

Slinky Flower supplies include magic springs, marbles, straws, and craft glue.Slinky Flower Pot Stake Supplies: 

  • Miniature plastic slinky (1 per flower) – These are often sold as “Magic Springs” so as not to infringe on branded products. Use the miniature ones made of plastic for this project, as larger and metal springs sometimes don’t hold their shape quite as well. You can try a variety of shapes to get interesting “petal” variety.
  • Glass marbles (1 per flower)
  • Colored straws – I used wider straws sometimes sold as “smoothie straws” to get the effect shown here
  • Craft Glue – Avoid hot glue in this project, as it may melt the plastic. Plus, you are almost bound to get some glue on your fingers here, and hot glue hurts like the dickens (I speak from experience)
  • Fishing Line – You can also use clear jewelry beading line, shown here
  • Binder clips (paper clips can work too, if you’re careful)
  • Scissors

Slinky Flower Project Time: About 4 hours, including drying time

Slinky Flower Instructions:

  • Begin by bending the spring around to meet itself, and using a binder clip to hold it in place, as shown below.
  • Use a piece of fishing line to tie two “rungs” of the spring together, as shown. Trim excess. Repeat in several spots to secure the spring firmly. (NOTE: You may be tempted to try superglue or another adhesive here. DON’T DO IT! All you’ll do is glue your fingers together and the slinky will still probably spring apart in your hands.)
  • Apply glue to a marble and press it down into the center of the spring as shown. Some shapes, like hearts and stars, will provide a natural “nook” for the marble, while others, like plain circles, will need to be held in place for a few minutes so it stays properly.
 Slinky Flowers First Steps
  • Apply glue to the straw or into the center of the spring as shown, and insert a straw so it is standing up straight, as shown.
  • Allow glue to dry completely. If you skip this step, you’re likely to find the straw slipping out of place in the final step.
Slinky Flowers Next Steps
  • Once the glue has dried completely, pinch the straw close to the center and bend it at a 90 degree angle. Use a piece of fishing line to secure it to one or more of the “rungs” of the spring.
Slinky Flowers Last Step
You can add these to your potted plants as they are, or insert wooden stakes first for extra support. Thought these are unlikely to withstand heavy outdoor weather, they’re inexpensive enough to toss in the recycling bin every few years and replace.
Slinky Flower Pot Stakes These stakes would be a fun project for the grandkids, or as favors for baby or wedding showers. Can you see yourself creating these cute pot stakes? How would you use them?
  1. Diane Falk says

    Cool!! My garden (note the MINE part) has glued cat cookie jars (so they’ll stay together), a wall-art project of fish and fish molds, some chicken figures, birdhouses, signs, etc. This will add a LOT to the mix!! GREAT idea!!!

    • Lynn Konowitz says

      Diane,

      I never thought of gluing cookie jars closed and using them in the garden. What a great idea!

  2. Lynn Konowitz says

    I love this idea! I am an avid gardener and pro photographer, who is always looking for new fun ideas to add whimsy to the flower beds and my flower photos.

    I thought of a possible hint to add in the construction of the mini spring flowers: A glue that wouldn’t be as dangerous as Super Glue and might hold really well would be 2 part epoxy. It is in a double barreled syringe type package. Just squeeze out equal amounts of the two tubes onto some scrap cardboard, and mix it with a plastic spoon or other (disposable) utensil. Then use the same utensil to apply the mixed epoxy to the project. Try to avoid getting it on skin and surfaces as it can be pretty permanent, but will come off with nail polish remover.

  3. Ramona Graves says

    Get a slim metal hook about a foot long, use for pulling elastic through tunnels in pj-pants or cords through hoods or turning cords right side out. They are wonderful for many things and are not expensive .I have had mine for 30yrs or more and wouldn’t be without it.

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  1. […] Is anyone else dreaming of spring? It might be hard to believe if you're currently digging out from under a snow bank but spring is scheduled to arrive just next month! Whether you want something to dress up your garden or need stand-ins until your real flowers bloom, these slinky flower stakes from Birds and Blooms are both adorable and clever! [how to make slinky flower pot stakes] […]

  2. […] Is anyone else dreaming of spring? It might be hard to believe if you’re currently digging out from under a snow bank but spring is scheduled to arrive just next month! Whether you want something to dress up your garden or need stand-ins until your real flowers bloom, these slinky flower stakes from Birds and Blooms are both adorable and clever! [how to make slinky flower pot stakes] […]

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