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After seeing so many posts on diy garden globes, I just had to try it. I started searching for old bowling balls but all I found were priced too high. Then little by little, it all came together and and I now have six garden globes that I just love. Hope you do too.
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, I found these lighting globes at the Goodwill for half off
I found these lighting globes at the Goodwill for half off.
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, I started applying glass flat sided marbles Dollar Tree with this adhesive but they started sliding and I got impatient so I went to hot glue Worked great and no slipping
I started applying glass flat sided marbles(Dollar Tree) with this adhesive but they started sliding and I got impatient, so I went to hot glue. Worked great and no slipping.
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, Stones from Dollar Tree and a few engraved stones left over from my daughter s wedding
Stones from Dollar Tree and a few engraved stones left over from my daughter's wedding.
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, Fast forward six different globes
Fast forward, six different globes.
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, After a few weeks of researching and shopping for the cheapest and best choice of grout I found a bag for 2 at the Habitat Restore Messy job for indoors but snow outside made me do it in a large tub on my kitchen table
After a few weeks of researching and shopping for the cheapest and best choice of grout, I found a bag for $2 at the Habitat Restore. Messy job for indoors but snow outside made me do it in a large tub on my kitchen table.
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, This is the adhesive I used always on hand great stuff to put a base on my globes since they are open on the bottom I has silicone so it will be water tight I wanted to make them as outdoor friendly as possible
This is the adhesive I used (always on hand, great stuff) to put a base on my globes since they are open on the bottom.I has silicone so it will be water tight. I wanted to make them as outdoor friendly as possible.
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, Again being the cheap skate I am I found lg mason jar lids at the Habitat Restore They fit over the opening perfectly I used plenty of adhesive around the ring and inside the ring sealing it completely
Again, being the cheap-skate I am, I found lg. mason jar lids at the Habitat Restore. They fit over the opening perfectly. I used plenty of adhesive around the ring and inside the ring sealing it completely.
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, Some only had the ring so I used some bottom pieces from old Tupperware parfait glasses
Some only had the ring so I used some bottom pieces from old Tupperware parfait glasses.
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, After letting the bases dry over night resting on plastic bowls in the background time for a paint job To protect the globes I cut circles in the bottom of grocery bags and taped them tight around the globes
After letting the bases dry over night(resting on plastic bowls,in the background), time for a paint job. To protect the globes, I cut circles in the bottom of grocery bags and taped them tight around the globes.
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, I had just enough left over paint from other projects to do the bases
I had just enough left over paint from other projects to do the bases.
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, It was a bit colder outside than the paint recommends but it dried fast
It was a bit colder outside than the paint recommends, but it dried fast.
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, Finished drying inside
Finished drying inside.
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, Now they sit upright and are water tight and weather protected I think they are so cute
Now they sit upright and are water tight and weather protected. I think they are so cute.
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, After about 2 1 2 weeks and countless inches of snow I can finally get outside to seal the grout I used Thompsons water seal had cedar colored on hand
After about 2 1/2 weeks and countless inches of snow, I can finally get outside to seal the grout. I used Thompsons water seal (had cedar colored on hand).
  • garden globes, crafts, mason jars, I poured some in a plastic container and used a cheat chip brush to slather it on Make sure you cover your table this is messy
I poured some in a plastic container and used a cheat chip brush to slather it on. Make sure you cover your table, this is messy.
  • Mary Fuller
    Mary Fuller Lancaster, CA
    on May 18, 2017

    I absolutely LOVE this!!! Can't wait to get settled into our new home to make a few of these

  • Joann Gonnella Cope
    Joann Gonnella Cope Taylors Falls, MN
    on May 26, 2017

    I have been making these for years. I find bowling balls at yard sales and I fill the finger holes with kwik-krete. I use clear silicone bathroom tub and tile adhesive and cover them with everything from stained glass, dollar store gems, broken china and I use both silicone grout and sanded grout. I have news for the nay sayers above, I have one that has sat outside for about 5 yrs? maybe more. All year round. I live in Minnesota! The cold temp, snow etc has never loosened a stone or gem on them. I have also done stepping stones in kwik-crete and they stay in the ground, for ever.


  • Pamela Garcia
    Pamela Garcia North Street, MI
    on Jul 21, 2017

    I use E6000 glue it bonds instantly, can be bought at hobby lobby , meijer's Lowe's

  • Dee
    Dee Port Saint Lucie, FL
    on Jul 21, 2017

    Beautiful! Love this idea!

  • Diane Anderson
    Diane Anderson Randallstown, MD
    on Jul 25, 2017

    Tried this and love it! I get comments and questions on how to do it. Looking for more bowling balls.

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