Copper Garden Art Flowers DIY Project

These Copper Garden Art Flowers Will Never Stop Blooming

Right now I’m smitten with copper. The rosy hue is cheerful and elegant. It shines so brightly that it seems to belong in the garden. In the summer when the garden is growing well on its own, I turn to garden art projects for my garden therapy. I like to add ornaments for interest to areas that are not blooming and these copper garden art flowers are just the right thing.How to make copper flower garden art using a die cutting machine

Note: this project is sponsored by Spellbinders who provided me with a Platinum 6 machine. What happened next was all my own creation! Garden Therapy readers have a special discount for the new machine as well, so be sure to grab the code at the end of this post. 

How to Make Copper Garden Art Flowers

These copper garden art flowers started when I got a delivery from Spellbinders in the mail. I opened a Spellbinders Platinum 6* and had absolutely no idea what to do with it. I haven’t scrapbooked or made paper crafts before and I didn’t know there were die-cutting machines that could make quick work of cutting pretty patterns. I set up the Platinum 6 and created a “steel cut die sandwich” as recommended in the instructions. I cut some paper. Then some felt. Then fabric, wood veneer, and aluminum cans. Almost every material I fed through the machine cut perfectly. The Platinum 6 is very powerful; much more powerful than its elegant looks suggest.Spellbinder's Platinum 6

When I cut the aluminum cans into a daisy, I liked the look and ability to mold the metal. But aluminum just doesn’t have the shine that I was hoping for. I set out to hunt for sheets of copper to make garden art flowers. I found 5 mil (36 gauge) copper sold by the sheet that cut like butter and looks brilliant in the garden beds.Copper Garden Art Flowers DIY Project

 

Want to make your own? Here is how to do it:

Materials

Make it!

Copper is very expensive, so “measure twice and cut once” to avoid wasting any of this precious metal. Measure the cut pattern on the die, then measure the copper and mark your cuts. Cut the copper to fit the width of the die with little extra to waste.Copper sheet

Make a die cut sandwich with a clear cutting plate, the die facing up, the copper sheet, and a second clear cutting plate. The clear cutting plates are included with the machine; the steel rule dies need to be purchased separately.Copper die cutting with Spellbinder's Platinum 6

Note: don’t worry like I did when you make your first cut and it leaves an impression on the clear cutting plate. I thought I was cracking the plates, but it’s perfectly normal for the steel rule dies to make an impression on the acrylic. After you use the machine a bunch of times, it does end up getting quite marked up.

Feed the sandwich through the Platinum 6 by holding it with one hand and turning the crank with the other. Once the machine “catches” the sandwich, move a hand to the top of the machine and hold firmly while you turn the crank with the other. This is a powerful cutting machine but it is not difficult to use. Mostly, you provide stability to the machine and let it do the hard work.Contour Steel Rule Die with copper

Take apart the sandwich and remove the copper pieces. I used a few different steel rule dies to make the copper garden art flowers collection. Oopsy Daisy was the easiest to work with as you simply attach the smaller copper flower to the larger one and in one cut you also get a leaf. I used Floweret Posies and Positively Peony to get some more varied shapes.Copper Garden Art Flowers DIY (14)

After all of the pieces were cut, I laid the flowers out and molded the shapes until I got a look that I liked. I was able to make these five flowers from one 12×12 sheet of copper.Copper Garden Art Flowers DIY (15)

Cut five lengths of copper rod to differing lengths which will act as flower stems. I cut mine fairly short (6” to 10”), but you could get as many feet of copper that you need to make the flowers taller. The easiest way to cut the copper is to use a handsaw. Then, use a metal file to remove any burrs or sharp edges.How to make Copper Garden Art Flowers

I used a metal adhesive for outdoor use to glue the flowers together. This glue requires mixing two substances together and then working within 5 minutes. Use proper safety protection like gloves and a mask when working with chemicals like this.Copper Garden Art Flowers DIY Idea

Lay out the flowers as you plan to glue them in place. Mix the glue and get busy attaching the pieces together. Allow to dry for 24 hours before setting out in the garden.Copper Garden Art Flowers DIY Project idea

These copper garden art flowers will bloom all year round and I hope that the copper will patina into a lovely green color as they weather outdoors.Copper Garden Art Flower - Daisy

*The Spellbinders Platinum 6 will be available August 23, 2016, but you can pre-order one now if you just can’t wait. And here is the best news: Garden Therapy readers get 20% off the Platinum or Platinum 6 until Sep 30. To get the discount, use the code “GARDEN20” at checkout.

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Debbie Mayfield
    Debbie MayfieldJuly 24,16

    They are so pretty!

  2. Susan
    SusanJuly 25,16

    Love these! Can you tell me what width of machine you used? See that 2 sizes will be available. Thank you

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseJuly 25,16

      Hi Susan, I used the Spellbinders Platinum 6 which has a 6″ platform. Thank you so much!

  3. Robyn
    RobynJuly 25,16

    So pretty! I wonder if u could use regular paper punches or if the copper would be too thick? Great idea!

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseJuly 25,16

      Hi Robyn, I’m not sure. I do know that I can cut aluminum cans with a craft punch but it can be hard work! This cut through the copper like butter.

  4. Karen
    KarenJuly 28,16

    Can you explain how it cuts the copper but not the acrylic sheet? That is puzzling to me. Thanks. These are so cute!

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseAugust 2,16

      It was puzzling to me at first as well! But the machine has been expertly designed so that it does not cut through the clear plate. The clear plate is quite thick in comparison to the copper (or paper, fabric, etc) that you will feel through is a lot thinner.

  5. Amanda @ The Kolb Corner
    Amanda @ The Kolb CornerAugust 2,16

    These are so cool! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  6. the cape on the corner
    the cape on the cornerAugust 3,16

    gorgeous! i love them grouped together. at craft fairs and things, i most like buying items like this for my garden.
    b

  7. Audra @ Renewed Projects
    Audra @ Renewed ProjectsAugust 5,16

    These are so beautiful and eye catching! They would be my favorite “flowers” in the garden. And pretty year round, too.

  8. Debbie
    DebbieAugust 5,16

    The Platinumn 6 is awesome, is this something you could use to cut out various shaped quilt pieces

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseAugust 5,16

      Absolutely! And you can cut a number of them at a time. It’s very powerful!

  9. Sue
    SueAugust 26,16

    Are the edges of the flower petals sharp after cuTting the shapes out in the Platinum 6? If so, how do you make them smooth without distorting their shapes?

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