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The product I am reviewing is a Flip Flap Solar Powered Flower which can be purchased from various shops and places online. I actually purchased the product a few months ago when it was warmer and much sunnier here to brighten up my desk at work a little. The little flower comes in a range of different colours and slightly different style and is made from plastic. The main part of the flower I have is red and on the front it has 'Flip Flap'. This isn't heavy and is very light. You can clearly see the little solar panel on the top of the base which helps to power the flower. The flower itself is pink with a yellow centre and has two green leaves which are meant to be flap about as well as the flower moving when it's left in the sun-light or another source of light. The whole of the item including the pot and the flower is made from plastic which makes it very light-weight. The leaves to the flower gently move up and down whilst the flower moves left and right. This little flower is great for the car, home or office and because its solar powered there's no need to replace batteries or anything in it, in order for it to work. I thought this was a fun little item that would look great on my desk and would also help to brighten it up a little.
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I purchased the flower from an eBay shop where it cost me around £3.99 which I thought was reasonable. You can purchase the flower from various places online if you just type 'Flip Flap Flower' into Google and do a search. The cheapest place I have found this item for is around £3.12 online.
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I actually had to clip the flower head and stalk onto the part which joins the leaves together as this part wasn't attached. I suspect it came like this to avoid damage whilst in the post. This part clicked on easily which made the flower complete. I then stood the flower on the left hand side of my desk near the window to ensure that it got the bright sun that was shining a little through the window. At first the flower was only flapping occasionally every now and again and it seemed as though it wasn't working as well as it could be. I looked as the flower and noticed that I hadn't clipped the flower stalk on properly which is why it was doing this. After ensuring that the flower was definitely fixed together now, I left my desk for around 5mins and was surprised to come back and see the little flower flapping away madly in the sunshine on my desk. The flower isn't noisy when it's flapping and it looks really cute flapping away on my desk. All the time the sun was shining through the window the little flower continued flapping. As soon as the sun started to disappear and go down the flower didn't flap as much and eventually it literally stopped which was a shame, how-ever I did kind of expect this due to it being a Solar Panelled Flower. I have actually since moved the flower to a small ledge just above my desk which still catches the sun and although we haven't got as much sun now as we had a few months ago the flower still flaps a little, but very gently in comparison to how it flaps when directly in the sunlight.
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I only really got this item as a little bit of a novelty item for my desk and to brighten it up a little and I think the little flower does a really good job of these things. The flower is a lovely little novelty item that requires no batteries to power it which I think is great, as most items require batteries in order to make them work. The flower is quite bright looking and has really nice colour to it, which I like as it brightens up my desk a little. The flower definitely works better the more sunshine or light there is so works a lot better during the summer, rather than the winter. In terms of value I think the flower is reasonable as it's not too expensive but at the same time isn't too cheap. I certainly wouldn't pay anymore than £3.99 for the item, especially as it's just made from plastic and can be rather flimsy. This is a cute little item that will help brighten up any car, desk or home.
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I love a good knick knack, something bright, pointless but cute and total must have. I have literally hundreds of knick knacks dotted around in boxes, in the loft, gathering dust, given to charity shops, sold on selling websites etc. Basically I love anything that is pretty pointless but for a brief period warms your heart and makes you smile.....if you had met my 2 ex husbands you would believe me.
A lady, who lives down my road, drives a blue beetle with white stripes and always has different things in or on her car. She has recently decided to adorn her car with headlight lashes of all things!!! She has the pot with the big flower on her dashboard as well and just before the lashes, she attached one of these little beauties to her dashboard. She like me (no I didn't copy her.....honest) went for the red pot and a delightful little white daisy flower. I put my flower on my front room window sill as that gets sun most of the day, before long it was flapping away like a gooden, I couldn't wait to show it off to my totally unimpressed fiancé and children. Nothing quite like a flapping plastic flower to put a smile on my face. I have just checked and although it is still on my window sill, the fact I had to just check that fact proves how often I pay any attention to it.
It is a cute gimmick toy but the interesting value soon wear off....oh look a kitten!
I remember a couple of years ago walking past Fred Perry, or Ted Baker...one of the fancy shops on Bridlesmith Gate in Nottingham and seeing a window display absolutely filled with these - all flapping away from side to side and it looked hilarious. I decided I wanted one for my kitchen window, but I had no idea where to get them from.
Not long after this they started to pop up in shops and on the internet, they range between £3 and £6 depending on where you buy them from. I ended up getting mine from a market stall at an even I went to once weekend for £3 - which I thought was a bargain. They come in a wide range of colours to suit everyones taste.
I got home and put mine in the kitchen window, I was a bit worried as our kitchen window only gets the sun towards the end of the day, but after half an hour or so of being in the daylight my flower started to dance :)
They look very cute and just move from side to side constantly, they do develop a clicking sound when they go from one side to the other buts its very quiet and not particularly noticable unless your sat in a very quite room with one.
My boyfriend came home with one not too long ago in the shape of a marajuana leaf - I wasnt too impressed at having that sat in my kitchen but most of the stuff in the flat is mine so I figured I ought to allow him to have something on display. My pretty dancing flower definitely outshines his!
So overall these are definitely a great little present, I imagine they would look great on the dashboard of a car or in a childs bedroom too. Definitely a cute little present and worth the price, and as they are solar powered theres no need to ever buy batteries!
I love little funky things for the car and there is a car local to me that always seems to have new and different things in and I always have to have a nosy! One afternoon I was driving past and I noticed a little flower on the dashboard that was "dancing" and I thought it was so cute I just had to have one! As soon as I got home I logged straight onto Ebay and found the range of little flowers.
The Flip Flap Solar Flower is a plastic flower in its own little flowerpot. The pot is quite chunky in size and comes in a range of colours. At the top of the pot you will see the solar panel which makes the flower move. Coming out of the pot is the flower which is very similar to a daisy on a long curvy stem with two thick green leaves. Along with the pots there are various colours of flowers to choose from. I love anything pink so I opted for a pink flower in a deeper pink pot. The words flip flap appear in white writing across the front of the pot.
I was chuffed to bits when my little flower arrived a couple of days after ordering and wanted to put it straight into the car. The flower comes sealed in plastic packaging, the type you have to cut open to get into. The flower comes with an adhesive pad which fixes to the base of the pot and then sticks to whichever surface you choose, in my case the dashboard in the car. Within around twenty minutes the sun had charged up the flower and it sat there in the car just dancing away (well flapping away but dancing sounds cuter!).
After a couple of days I noticed there was a clicking noise in the car and for the life of me I couldn't work out what it was until I finally realised it was coming from the flower! When it dances a lot it seems to click quite loud but at other times it is not as noticeable. I can honestly say that this does not distract me from driving in anyway, neither does the movement when the flower is dancing.
I really like my funky little solar flower, I think it looks fab in the car and really brightens the dashboard up. As it is made of plastic it is extremely easy to clean and a quick wipe with a duster or damp cloth is enough to rid any dust. The flip flap solar flowers seem to be growing in popularity now as I have seen many cars with various flowers in. There are also different designs available now including sunflowers, ladybirds, bees and butterflies. The only way I think my solar flower would look better is if it had a smiley face on, then it would be super cute!
Prices range from around £3.00 up to around £5.00 but there are smaller versions available for a pound.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
I have never been very good with houseplants; maybe it is because my mum and dad split up when I was a kid and my dad said to me "look after my plants" as he went out the back door, I guess I'll never know. I looked after those plants to the best of my abilities but they slowly faded away on me, much like his weekly visits.
I have to admit that I found the idea of friendly little solar powered plants rather interesting, so when my Step-Daughter brought one for herself I quietly admired it. With its plastic red tub and cheerful yellow flower that looked a bit like a daisy and luscious green foliage. It looked low maintenance, and that appealed to me.
She cut it out of its plastic wrapping and sat it on the kitchen window sill, rather unusually for this summer just gone it was a sunny day and it did not take long for the little flower to charge up its solar battery and start merrily flapping away. I have to admit it brought a smile to my face while washing the pots.
As is usual with my Step-Daughter she soon got carried away and I came home one afternoon to four of the little flowers perched on the window sill, all flapping away to there own little rhythm, none of them quite in sync with the others, but I did not mind, these "plants" need no watering, feeding or potting on, as long as there is sunshine they will keep flapping.
With an ever growing selection of flowers on my window sill I started to notice a little ticking noise made by each flower as it danced from side to side, an individual flower was barely noticeable but with an ever-growing meadow on my window sill I have to admit they started to annoy me.
Eventually the Step-Daughter moved out and I have to admit I was quite happy to see the back of these little things. They are cheerful, but I came to think of them as dust gatherers, my house is nearly 100 years old and despite my almost continual cleaning things can get dusty. Each flower is easy to clean; I just gave it a quick wipe over with a kitchen wipe and popped it back in the window sill. The flowers seem quite hard wearing too, I did knock them out the window sill a few times and they seemed to come to no harm.
In conclusion I find these to be a harmless little knick knacks and are an ideal way to brighten up a sunny window sill or make a great little gift, if you order them on-line you are not guaranteed to get the one pictured as they come in a lot of colour combinations. They can be purchased online for around £5 but I have seen cheaper versions on my local market.
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As soon as I read a review about flip flap flowers and saw them on Amazon I had to buy one.
I now have my flip flap flower sitting on my desk at work cheerily flapping around in the sunlight and generally brightening up my day.
I ordered my flip flap flower from Amazon and upon beholding the joy of these happy little creatures I immediately wanted more.
Flip Flap flowers are novelty toys. They are plastic solar powered plants. When the light hits the solar panel the flower will bob left and right and the little green leaves will flap up and down.
I ordered one with a lime green pot from Amazon for £6.20. Unfortunately, they sent me a red pot and the toy itself was a little bit smaller than I thought it would be but that did nothing to stop the grin on my face when I placed it lovingly on my window ledge and watched it bobbing around.
Although, I bought this for my desk at work (a place of doom and misery) when I placed it on my window I immediately wanted an army of flipping flapping flowery joy all along the ledge!
However, the niggling voice of reason that said "hang on you will be paying over six quid a pop for a whole host of plastic toy plants" stopped me but I have to admit I am still tempted.
If you do buy one, or two, or an army don't expect them to flap around like mad things all day long. They only move when the light hits them.
I sit next to a window and find when the sun moves round during the day and begins to come directly in the window my flower dances happily in its little pot.
I am very pleased with the red potted flip flap flower. Its bright colour and general cuteness cheers me up during the day. Okay, its a little plastic toy the casing is plastic so its lightweight and might be prettier if the pot was better quality. These don't look expensive but they look shiny bright and cheery and if it makes you smile its worth it right?
Flip Flap flowers would be great as a gift for a friend who is down in the dumps, look cute on your window ledge, on your desk, or in an older kids bedroom and you don't have to water them.
I seem to be on a rather bizarre mission to convert the world to the joys of Flip Flap Flowers. A Flip Flap Flower is essentially a plastic flower in a colourful plastic pot which stands about 12 centimetres high. Different pot colours and flower head/petal colours are available. On the front of the pot there is a solar panel to trigger movement. When the Flip Flap flower is placed in a light spot, such as on a window ledge, the stems move from side to side and the leaves flap up and down, giving the impression that the flower is dancing.
Just what could be so attractive about a solar-powered dancing flower, you may wonder? Well, first of all I love flowers. However, I am unfortunately not much of a gardener so my attempts to grow real flowers over the years have not been exactly triumphant, much as I would love a window box. I am also not a huge fan of cut flowers in my home, simply because I have come to think of them as dying flowers (or more aptly dead flowers, as they undoubtedly become shrivelled and neglected in no time under my care). Having a bunch of wilting, dried up flowers on one's windowsill is not the most uplifting image. What I want is the cheeriness of a window box without the work that goes with it. This is the beauty of the Flip Flap Flower. No watering, no maintenance and even no batteries are required to enjoy them.
I am always a bit sceptical whenever I buy something that claims to be solar powered because I tend to imagine that due to the lack of sun in northern England I won't be getting the results I have hoped for from the product. However, I am pleased to be able to say that Flip Flap Flowers require very little sunlight to activate them. Even on an overcast day, there is always sufficient light to produce some activity. However, I have certainly noticed that on very bright, sunny days, the flower really does flap with a good deal more oomph, as if welcoming the better weather with a round of applause. When the flower is flapping at full throttle, it makes a noise that resembles a ticking clock. Some people might find this rather irritating and too loud, but it is another feature that I like about the Flip Flap flower and I find the ticking sound very soothing. The flowers sit on the window of my work room and I find them a calming presence whenever I'm working on a deadline.
Whether you find this product charming or whether you find it tacky is really a matter of personality-type and taste. I love quirky things, so it's exactly up my street, and what one person thinks of as tacky, another will think of as kitsch. I find the flowers extremely cute and rather psychedelic somehow in the way they seem to come to life. They have a cartoon-flower quality which I find pleasing too. My latest Flip Flap Flower has a white petals and a yellow centre which gives it the appearance of a fried egg on a stick. Although this might sound a bit worrying, after a while you can almost convince yourself that they are alive, that you have a 'pet' flower living on your window ledge. Before you know it, if you're anything like me, you will even be saying good morning to it as you pull back the curtain. In fact, I was so thrilled with my own pet flower that I recently bought one for a like-minded friend. It was a few weeks before I was able to meet up with her, so until then her flower sat on the window sill next to mine, keeping it company. Every day I was cheered by the sight of the two flowers facing each other and flapping away as if in conversation. At the risk of sounding like someone who needs psychiatric help, I will confess that when the time came to separate them, I had convinced myself that I needed to buy a replacement companion for my flower. It looked so lonely on its own. So I bought a 'friend' for it and I am sure that a few months down the line I will be adding more and more 'friends' until the entire windowsill resembles a travellers' site for Flip Flap Flowers. So beware, these things can be addictive.
Although Flip Flap Flowers will certainly appeal to those adults who have never quite grown out of toys, it should be stressed that this product is NOT a toy and is not suitable for children under the age of 6 because it has small parts. Although the product seems to be quite well made, it feels light and a little flimsy when you pick it up and would probably not cope with rough handling. I haven't had any problems with any of its parts falling off. The only thing I have noticed about one of my Flip Flap flowers is that the side-to-side motion of the stem is not as powerful as it was when I first bought it. I suspect that is because the flower has had to share the window ledge with my cat and the cat likes to put his head against the flower sometimes. Whether this is to stop it moving/ticking or because it retains some warmth from the sunlight, I don't know, but I think it is likely that the cat has bent the stem in some way or even nibbled it. Ideally, you need to position these flowers in a cat-free zone and somewhere where the flowers cannot be nudged or knocked over.
I bought my Flip Flap Flower from a seller at Amazon for approximately £3.50 plus packaging. There seem to be many sellers offering them around this price, so if you would like one, just type Flip Flap Flower into the Amazon search engine and see what comes up. I have noticed that some sellers, although they cannot guarantee a particular colour, will do their best to assist if you send them a message along with your order. So if you are trying to collect different colours, you should be able to avoid duplication.
I feel that this would make a great gift for someone who was convalescing from illness, particularly if they happened to be a hay fever sufferer or just didn't want the hassle of real flowers that would have to eventually be thrown away. The colours really are mood-enhancing and it's hard not to smile when the flowers start dancing before your eyes. Not everyone has my fondness for kitsch, but those who do will love Flip Flap Flowers. I also feel that these flowers are groovy enough to make them popular with teenagers, and it occurred to me that this might be a nice gift to give to someone who was going off to university and needed something to brighten up their room, easing any homesickness. It's a gift I would be happy to receive whatever the occasion.
I've reviewed several house plants and garden shrubs over the years. They all have in common that they're easy to care for and don't make any trouble even if I occasionally forget to water them. I've always mentioned this in my reviews and have always received at least one comment by someone whose relationship with plants is so disturbed that they think they'd kill this plant off, too, because all plants die on them sooner or later.
There is help! You don't have to take your hard earned money to a psychiatrist to find out what's wrong with you. You can find comfort on the internet from 3.90 Euro upwards plus 4 Euro for postage. I'm talking about the solar powered flip flap flowers. Admittedly, they aren't real, they don't live but then they don't die, either.
They come in ball shaped, coloured plastic pots which are about five cm high. The top is flat and black thus giving the illusion of soil. In the middle is a narrow rectangular opening of about 2 cm out of which two green leaves and a green stem with a coloured blossom at the end 'grow'. Parallel to this opening is another one covered by a translucent piece of plastic, underneath is the solar cell which gives the flower 'life'.
The advantage of flip flap flowers over real life plants is: they're completely maintenance free. No water, no earth, no care. They don't need batteries, the solar cells don't have to be recharged. If I think of the longevity of my solar powered pocket calculator, I know that my flip flap flower will outlive me. A bit of sunshine or artificial light from a lamp are enough to make the leaves move up and down and the stem from side to side. The more light, the more pronounced is the movement. A flip flap flower makes no noise and doesn't pollute the environment with emissions.
You can either please yourself or give a flip flap flower to a friend as a present. It's ideal for someone whose household you don't know well, but you assume that the person doesn't really 'need' something like, say, a garlic press or a pepper mill. It's just nice to have and you can't help getting into a positive mood looking at the gently swaying leaves and blossom. It can stand anywhere, of course, but good places are a desk or a window sill. My flip flap flower stands on my desk - I'm seeing it just now - where it isn't hit by direct light from the sun or the lamp. It's nice to watch how little light is enough to start it off.
I got three flip flap flowers from two generous friends who wanted to comfort me when they heard that I had to go to hospital. I took one flower with me and put it on the window sill in my room where it was very light and the flower was swaying with a lot of energy all day long. When I came home, I showed my three flip flap flowers to two girls of the neighbourhood. One said, "Cool!" and walked away with the red pot. The other one said, "Cute!" and walked away with the blue one. B. and F., I hope you don't mind. You wanted to please me threefold, now you've made three people happy! The flower that stayed with me sits in a green pot and isn't a real flower, at the end of the stem isn't a blossom but a pink butterfly with blue dots on the wings. I checked the homepage of flip flap flowers but couldn't find a picture of this specimen, it must be something out of the ordinary range. Maybe one day it'll be as valuable as the Blue Mauritius.
You can order flip flap flowers from http://www.flip-flap-solar.com/en/home.htm . One specimen costs 3.90 Euro, shipment for all EU countries is 4 Euro (they come from Austria). You can pay by credit card, paypal or invoice. You can also get them from Amazon for 3.05 GBP each (if you don't want to send them abroad).
These combinations are available:
red (with a reddish flower) / orange (with a white flower) / green (with a white flower / blue (with a reddish flower) / pink (with a white flower). But it's not possible to order certain colours, they'll be packed at random. So there's always a surprise involved, too.
Dear friends B. and F., thank you again for this nice present.