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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.

Got a question about this project?

  • Sally-Charles Evans
    Sally-Charles Evans Mayfield, KY

    I love them! AND I think the lights would show through the ones done with the flat clear marbles....It would give it an eerie look. Just a thought.

  • Eve M
    Eve M Bessemer, PA

    I must have missed the instructions for doing the grout----

    • Mary Ann Majerski

      It is right above the picture of the tube. They just bought tile grout at Habitat. Basic instructions would be on the package. Mix grout & water, Apply into the open spaces, when dry, buff off the film, on the colored marbles.

  • Caroline Hargrove

    Sealed or not, would be concerned about the ones done with hot glue. If it gets very hot it will melt and allow them to come lose.

    • Vickie G
      Vickie G Greeley, CO

      These pics were taken last nite, 3 years after being made. Only two stones have come loose and I think that's only because those stones were much larger and heavier. I live in Colorado where we have both hot and extremely cold temps.

  • Clara
    Clara Quinlan, TX

    Love these but would crackle the glass marbles.

  • Patty
    Patty Pacifica, CA

    Very creative!!! I love that you went to the Goodwill and Habitat Restore for you items that you needed. Thanks for posting!!

  • Suziq2k

    Bowling balls get flat spots after a time...ask the Manager or Owner; they will often give them away -even loaded several in my car for me.

  • Annie Doherty

    Vicki G great post really creative, they look brilliant and you have re-purposed the globes making these very cost effective, I love your style thank you.

  • Judy
    Judy Mchenry, IL

    Never had the heart to give away, dad's old bowling ball! Been gone 8 years & I just came across this awesome idea! Not sure if I will do it up for outdoors, or why not keep in the house, in a place of honor, to remember dear ol' dad?

  • Barbara McQuiddy

    I wish you had posted the globes in your garden so we could see how they looked. Because they're beautiful and you put so much work into them.

    • Donna
      Donna Lees Summit, MO

      I was thinking the same thing 😏

  • Annabelle
    Annabelle Fort Worth, TX

    This is great! I use WeldBond glue, and mix it with colored gravel for my grout. It is a great cement sealer, making the project waterproof in one step. I've also mixed it with acrylic paints, or Rit dyes to create custom colors - usually any

    • Roselane Siler
      Roselane Siler Winterville, GA

      Great ideas! I'm definitely going to try them.

  • Nancy
    Nancy Southington, OH

    You did great job. Love these. I hope to do a couple this year. And Merry Xmas everyone. Today is the 24th of Dec. 😊

    • Vickie G
      Vickie G Greeley, CO

      Thanks so much. So amazed that this post has and still continues to touch so many. Put up for the season now but will soon be in my yard again.
      Merry Christmas and the best Happy New Year to all.

  • Lorian Champion
    Lorian Champion Glen Allen, VA

    These are great and fun looking to make. Thank you for sharing!

    • Vickie G
      Vickie G Greeley, CO

      Thanks, Lorman. They were really fun to do. And still using them! Hoping to get the out of winter storage soon.

  • Vickie G
    Vickie G Greeley, CO

    Thanks, Ladies. I thought I did. I'm hoping to get them out of winter storage soon. Yes, they are still going strong! When I bring them out, I'll post new pictures.

  • Roselane Siler
    Roselane Siler Winterville, GA

    I love the way you recycled, reused and re-purposed your items using what you had on hand or bought at a thrift store. It truly takes creativity to pull things together like this project. Great job!!

  • Debra A. Caporiccio

    I wonder, if you fill them with sand, might be less likely to be knocked over by animals or strong winds.

    • Vickie G
      Vickie G Greeley, CO

      That's not a bad idea. I may try that when I bring them out for Spring. Thanks

  • Sam Williams

    You need to use a grout sealer or these little cuties will never last outside.

  • Dohixud
    Dohixud New York, NY


    You need to use a grout sealer or these little cuties will never last outside.



    • Vickie G
      Vickie G Greeley, CO

      Well, if you read the tutorial, you will see that I used Thompson's Waterseal in them, I store the in the shed for winter and they are back out in the yard, again this year. Can't remember exactly but it's been at least 4-5 years and counting.

  • Denise
    Denise Mobile, AL

    Hi, Vicki! Just want to add an idea for you. I had seen somewhere a project using bowling balls for yard art, too. If you have a bowling alley nearby, go in or call and ask if they are about to throw any away. They replace them from time to time, and

    • Vickie G
      Vickie G Greeley, CO

      I actually had 2 bowling balls but decided to just paint them bright and shiny . They sit in with my yard like the glass gazing balls. Just not so fragile.

  • Mary Fuller
    Mary Fuller Lancaster, CA

    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

    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


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