Pink Mosaic Flamingo Garden Art Made from Plastic Pink Dollar Store Flamingo

I should have called this the 
"One Year Dollar Store Mosaic Flamingo Project"... 
it literally took a year to finish it!

I had grabbed a couple of these pink plastic flamingos while at Dollar Tree
one day thinking I would paint them in a crazy design but they got put on a shelf
and I kind of forgot about them. 
When I was working on a Mosaic Surfboard I spotted one of them 
on my shelf and decided to make a mosaic flamingo too.
plastic pink flamingo dollar store
He started out something like this.

I roughed up the surface with sandpaper and used regular tile adhesive to 
attach the pink stained glass tile and set aside to dry.
Since I was making him for myself, he got put on the back burner
and I never applied the grout.

Fast forward to about a year later and I was grouting these mosaic
bones for my dog beds and saw the flamingo in the corner and decided
to finally grout and finish him as well.

He came with black wire legs that stick into the body. When I was 
grouting, I stuck a little nail in the holes so I would know where they were.
They are hard to see in the pic.

Now that it's heaver with the glass and grout, I had to do 
some finagling to get him to stand straight.
If I do another one, I'll reinforce by using thicker wire for the legs.

I used little black beads for the eyes

And there you have it...the One Year Project.

Feels good to cross something off the list!

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  1. I just love it... Took a year to finish it but only a minute to appreciate it... Thanks for sharing... I want to do this so bad my mouth is watering from it. Where did you find the pink tile?

  2. I love it!!! This year I finished a huge mosaic project that I started 7 years ago :0) it got pushed off the burner ans set in a corner until life settled down.

  3. PS... I'm thinking a Pink flamingo would look real good close to the planter :0)

  4. I love love love him but he's too gorgeous for the garden and would need to live inside with me!

  5. This is gorgeous!!! I want to make a flock of them for the backyard!! Where did you find the beautiful pink tile?

  6. Thanks everyone! The pink tile was some I had left over from a previous can find it at any stained glass store

  7. Thanks for sharing this Lucy! I was in my garden the other day, admiring my funky plastic flamingo, and got the idea to mosaic him. I figured someone must have already done so, so I googled, and your awesome flamingo popped right up! He does look fabulous, and now that I know how awesome he is, I'm going to get started on giving my flamingo a face lift of his own. :)

    1. I would love to see how yours turned out!

    2. love it since I live in Florida - about how many tiles did you use?

    3. Connie, not sure. I cut my own tiles from a sheet of pink stained glass

  8. love it turned out Awesome a year worth it. Thanks for sharing your creative idea.

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  10. If you have already answered this, then I apologize. But I love and what a neat/creative summer project to take on! My question though- how much did this cost to complete? I know Mr. Flamingo was cheap, but I just meant the mosaic tiles, grout, etc. Thank you!!

    1. Hard to say, I do mosaics so I had the glass, adhesive and grout on hand. I buy the stained glass wholesale in large sheets. But a square foot sheet of pink mosaic glass at stained glass store or Hobby Lobby can run $6-8 for a square foot, probably would need 2 and then just the smallest container of adhesive you could find, maybe about $6 and the grout is probably around $13 for the small box...hope that helps some

  11. I just wondered how it held up outside to the temps and weather extremes, since you made it. I have a plastic swan planter I would like to stain glass mosaic but in googling I read its not recommended to try to mosaic a plastic piece for outdoors. that either the glass pieces will fall off when weather gets extreme, even if you rough up the surface, or the plastic itself will start to deteriorate underneath and crumble.I live in Florida so it doesn't get that cold, but we do have lots of rain and many months of blasting sun and humidity. I would like to give it as a gift to someone who lives in Northern Louisiana. They get the horrible humid summers with intense heat from the sun. Lots of storms and rain . And last year temps got down as low as 10 degrees.

    1. Hi Cheryl, I actually don't know, I moved to another city and sold that flamingo at a moving sale. It had held up fine until that point and I live in Northwest Florida on the Gulf Coast.


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