7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day 5

It's day 5 already for 7 days of thrift shop flips in honor of National Thrift Shop Day, can you believe it?

Today's project involves colorful vintage thimbles!

Thimble flowers
7 Days of Thrift Shop flips

For today's project, I repurposed some vintage plastic thimbles into tiny potted flowers!

Vintage thimble flowers

I have a collection of vintage thimbles and I chose six colored plastic ones for this project.


These are my supplies.


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Supplies Needed
  1. Green Pipe Cleaner Stems
  2. Mini Wood Flower Pots 
  3. Florist's Foam
  4. Artificial Flowers (I would buy these at the Dollar Store!)
  5. Craft Paint (in the colors of your choice)
  6. Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  7. Plastic Thimbles
  8. Sheet Moss (for covering the florist's foam)

You will be using the flowers for parts only so they can be the cheapest flowers you can find.

making thimble flowers

This is the part you need (and some of the leaves).

How to make thimble flowers

When you pull these off the flower it will have a little hole in it, poke the pipe cleaner stem through the hole and then glue that to the top of each thimble to begin creating your flowers.

old thimbles become cute flowers

make flowers from vintage plastic thimbles

Paint the flower pots the color of your choice and then cram a piece of florist's foam into each one. I say "cram" it in there because you don't want it to fall out, it should be securely wedged. Hot glue doesn't work very well with this kind of foam so wedging is your best option... wedging not wedgies😜

potted thimble flowers

If your leaves come off the flowers the same way the other piece did then you can just insert the pipe cleaner through the hole in the same manner. You can also glue the leaves to the pipe cleaner if that works better. I've done both.

how to make thimble flowers

Poke your stems down into the foam as far as you can. Now bend the top of the flower over.

thimble flower tutorial



I put three flowers in each pot and I also added some rick-rack trim around the rim of the pots.

making thimble flowers

The final touch is adding the moss to cover the foam.

thimble flower how to

flowers from thimbles

pastel thimble flowers

old thimble flowers

make thimble flowers

flower tutorial from thimbles

These would be cute to make for table place settings for a fun garden-themed party!!

7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day 5

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How to make DIY thimble flowers


Here is a sneak peek at tomorrow's project!


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