Monday, May 20, 2013

Flamingo in Purple Gems - Diy

Sunny tropics and sandy beaches spring to mind at the very sight of this flock of bright pink flamingos at the Dollar Tree store.

I had a chance to see flamingos up close while vacationing in Aruba a few years ago.   They were literally right there with us on the beach!  How cool was that!

When I saw those plastic pink flamingos at DT I knew what I wanted to do.  Glam them up a bit with purple glass gems!

First let me tell you to not even think of using a hot glue gun to do this.  It's a waste of time.  The gems fall right off leaving the blop of glue in it's place.
Try E6000 or any waterproof glue that's clear, thick (so the gems won't move while drying) and permanent.  

The original metal legs are attached on the side when you purchase the bird.  I had to replace them with a pair of garden stakes to support the weight of the glass gems.

I started gluing the gems on at the bottom where the holes are located for the legs so I wouldn't cover them up.

And I left the beak as is - yellow and black.

I glued clear glass gems over the eyes so that the eyes appear magnified.

                                  A whole lot of whimsey!

                The finished flamingo adds fun and frolic to my garden!

                            A colorful splash that's a pure delight!

My purple gem flamingo is irresistibly charming and guaranteed to impress!

                       I wonder what the neighbors think?

Take a little time to enjoy,


  1. How fun! Now that makes a garden statement if I ever did see. LOVE it. Thanks for sharing with the party. Enjoy! XO

  2. How CUTE....I luv it...such a delight in your garden.
    Fun project for a fun party...

  3. Purple gems, who would have thought your cute flamingo could have looked so cute.

  4. OMG! I must do this!! I have a deep crazy (and somewhat unhealthy) love of flamingos

  5. Oh I love your purple flamingo, how fun is that. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. What a great way to add some fun and whimsy to your garden. Thanks so much for visiting me!

  7. That is adorable! Who would have thunk it! This is deff PIN worthy! Thanks for sharing on Mondays Pin Hop!


  8. Awesome! Thanks for linking up to The DIY'ers.

  9. I didnt thing those flamengos were real for a second there! What an amazing experience that must have been.
    I love your crafty project, very clever. Us girls can never have enough bling :)

  10. Don't worry about what the neighbours think its your garden and you like them

  11. Such a cute way to add a some fun to your garden.

  12. Oh how cute. What a clever idea!Thanks so much for sharing it at Project Inspire{d} :) Pinning!

  13. Very creative! I love flamingos, so I had to come over and check this out from the Mop It Up Monday link party. Thanks for sharing----it's great inspiration!

  14. Great way to dress up those flamingos ... bet your neighbors wish they were in their yards. Really cute. Great job and I bet that was a lot of work.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  15. What type stakes do I need for the legs? Can't really see the legs in your pics. Thanks.

  16. Just saw these flamigoes from another site. Looove purple. Am starting a whimsical garden + this will look just great.

  17. Beautiful.. Thank you so much for the Wonderfulidea..


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