Not just the real live bird (although, they're lovely), but the plastic lawn ornaments that are the brunt of endless ridicule and downright disgust.
I know, I know. People say they're tacky, cheesy, and plain old ugly. But I don't care. They have a special place in my heart, even more than garden gnomes.
I think my flamingo fever started around the time Miami Vice rolled out. I could be making this up, but memory says there was a flamingo on my Miami Vice Trapper Keeper. Crockett & Tubbs knew what was up.
Anyway, I recently learned about an upcoming art installation in Orlando called "Flock of Art." When I saw that the foundation for each piece was a plastic pink flamingo, I leaped at the chance to participate.
Here's my sweet baby. She has no idea what's about to happen.
Our instructions were to buy a small plastic flamingo from Dollar Tree, then paint, sculpt, or animate it. Mosaic is my thing, so it seemed fitting that my contribution would be just that. I went for the shimmery look with mirror tiles. Here she is before grouting.
I used hot glue to adhere the mirror tiles, and it worked really well. You can find mirror tiles at craft stores. I chose them vs. a breaking up a real mirror because I wanted the pieces to be lightweight. Then I used sanded grey grout to fill in the gaps. Oh, and I attached pink rhinestones over the eyes.
From dollar store discount to disco inferno! Now this is a yard bird even non-flamingo lovers can be proud of.
Stay tuned for my next post, which will include photos of the entire Flock of Art installation.
Hope everyone's getting their Fourth of July weekend off to a fantastic start!