It's after Memorial Day so, feel free to break out the white shoes and dust off the pink flamingos for your garden.
Some people say plastic lawn flamingos are tacky.
Others say they are a necessity for any respectable mid-century landscape. These icons of 20th century kitsch were designed in 1957 by Don Featherstone and produced by Union Products Inc out of Massachusetts. Rumor has it, one use for these pink plastic birds was to help distinguish identical post-war tract homes from one another. There are other rumors too.
The original Featherstone flamingos are made in the USA and can be purchased for under $30.
I attempted to make my own out of metal with limited success. If you'd like to see that painful process, watch the video above.
Disclaimer: Power tools are dangerous, sheet metal is sharp and welders can burn you, electrocute you and/or damage your vision. I'm not a pro, if you're interested in a doing a project like this, make sure you know how to use all of your tools safely. Some of my techniques may not be the best way to do it. But, the flamingo I made is pretty cute!