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Make this colorful garden ornament from metal and wood, and it will bloom every day of the year.
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The materials listed are enough to make one flower. To add variety, introduce new flower paint colors, different leg shapes, and more (or no) leaves.
Place evenly spaced marks no more than 2 inches apart around the edge of the duct cap. Wear protective leather gloves when handling the cap and use tin snips to cut down almost to the bottom of the cap at each mark. Then cut rounded corners on each section.
Avoid making the distance between cuts greater than 2 inches -- stiff tabs any wider than that would pull the sides out of the cap base when you bend them over.
With one hand, hold the duct cap firmly against a work surface with your fingers pressed against the inside edge of the cap rim. Grip a metal tab with the pliers and carefully bend the metal at roughly a 45-degree angle. Work carefully to avoid pulling the cap sides out of the base. Repeat for the remaining tabs.
Measure to find and mark the center of the cap. Drill a centered 3/8-in hole. Clean the cap thoroughly with mineral spirits and set it aside to dry. (You can also use mineral spirits to remove the UPC sticker.)
The metal cap can catch and spin while being drilled, exposing your hands to the spinning sharp edges. Wear leather gloves and take extra care while drilling sheet metal.
Use pliers to unscrew the hardware from the bun foot and the leg. Widen the hole in the bun foot with a drill and a 3/8-in bit. Drill completely through the leg using the original screw hole as a guide. Then mark a centered line along the length of the oval rosette. About 1 inch from one end, drill a 3/8-in hole.
Prime the oval rosette, bun foot, and leg. Paint the leg and oval green (Gilded Pesto shown) and the bun foot yellow (Gold Abundance shown). Prime and paint the metal cap pink (Pink Burst shown). For an optional detail, lightly spray the insides of the rounded metal tips orange (Island Orange shown).
Thread a 3/8-in nut on the rod until it’s about 12 inches from the top. Slide the green oval leaf down against the nut and add a second nut to hold the rosette in place. Tighten the nuts against the wood using pliers.
Thread another nut about 4-1/2 inches down from the top of the rod, and add the leg to the rod with the narrow end pointing down. Prime and paint the rod and nuts the same shade of green as the oval rosette and leg. After the paint dries, add the metal cap to the rod.
Pour general-purpose adhesive into the hole in the bun foot and press the foot onto the threaded rod. Stand the flower upside down on the foot until the adhesive dries. Then use your fingers only to tighten the nut holding the leg and metal cap against the foot. When you decide where to install your new flower, press down on the bun foot to drive the threaded rod into the ground.