Published on April 18th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


BYGEL flowers

Materials: BYGEL + NJUTA + some nuts and bolts

Description: Some day I noticed that the hook of the colorful BYGEL cups fits exactly on the guard rails in front of my window.

First I planned to fill them with real flowers but I do not particularly have green fingers. So I needed a more durable solution.

During a second visit to IKEA I got the idea to use the colorful NJUTA shower sponges as flowers.

The result is a very colorful everlasting window decoration.

How I made them:
- I used a 40cm screw thread as the stem
- next I melted a hole in the bottom BYGEL cups that fits the thread
- the screw thread is fixed with washers and nuts
- I removed the cord from the NJUTA sponges and fixed the sponges with some hot clue onto the thread
- very important: beware of not putting the flowers up in a boring pattern and keep the colors mixed! :)

~ Patrick Mast, Amsterdam

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

18 Responses to BYGEL flowers

  1. Mariëlle says:

    wow, that looks great!
    I have the bygel buckets in my backyard placed on the fence.
    I’m wondering if the yellow ones are still available.. I can’t find them anywhere..

  2. Denise says:

    These flower look gorgeous, I guess you put a smile on the face of everybody down the street! ;-)

  3. Anonymous says:

    i’ve seen them..
    and i can say they also
    look brilliant if you’re
    a passerby.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love this. *_* And it must look great from the street and other buildings.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I think this looks brilliant. A contender for 2012′s Hack of the Year?

  6. jo says:

    there are hole in those buckets, i see in the pictures.
    northern design, always good looking

  7. Anonymous says:

    do you use them to collect rain water for watering your real flowers? Seriously, what do you do with the rain water in the buckets?

  8. Trieste is a too windy town, but your idea is absolutely fantastic!!

  9. car says:

    This is too cute! Wow!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    They remind me of truffula trees! Very cool looking!

  11. MacMama says:

    For safety you might tie them to the rail wit a tierip. Punch an extra hole in the bygel, put tie rip around

  12. Muyserin says:

    Wow! You didn’t just create a hack, you turned it into a fun art project!

  13. Evelisa (NY) says:

    This looks so cool. And it gives a interesting view from outside. Very clever.

  14. Anonymous says:

    How fun! Love the cheerful effect of the translucent Bygel. Using bath sponges instead of plastic flowers: Brilliant!


  15. Angela says:

    flowers for black thumb

  16. Anonymous says:

    my balcony is too windy for that but it is a great idea!!

  17. Moontree says:

    oh, that ties in nicely with yesterday’s window herbs hack. I bet you could use the BYGEL for planters, too.

    Though i do really like the loofahs as flowers. So bright!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Great idea, I bet they look great from the street level as well – Are they attached to your guard rails in anyway apart from the hook? If not I would put a small hole in the back and tie them on with some fishing wire or clear plastic string in case the wind took them off.

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