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Garden Globes

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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.
I found these lighting globes at the Goodwill for half off.
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.
Stones from Dollar Tree and a few engraved stones left over from my daughter's wedding.
Fast forward, six different globes.
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.
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.
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.
Some only had the ring so I used some bottom pieces from old Tupperware parfait glasses.
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.
I had just enough left over paint from other projects to do the bases.
It was a bit colder outside than the paint recommends, but it dried fast.
Finished drying inside.
Now they sit upright and are water tight and weather protected. I think they are so cute.
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).
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.

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  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on May 4, 2013

    I love them too! They turned out perfect!

  • Bernice H
    Bernice H Woodburn, OR
    on May 4, 2013

    Ha! "great minds think alike". I stopped using bowling balls quite a while ago too. Either can't find them, or yes, they cost too much for what you get, or sometimes they THEMSELVES are too pretty to "redo". I do like doing globes, much faster , however I myself don't do grouting because I like the look of the white coming through between the marbles. The stones are very unique and look like they were meant to be there. Don't you love garden surprises? Nicely done and a very nice "how to". Thanks so much for sharing with us! (My little globe below and the one "waiting to be glamorized!)

  • Jamala W
    Jamala W Whitmire, SC
    on May 4, 2013

    I love each one.. This is too cool....

  • Jan B.
    Jan B. Crossville, TN
    on May 5, 2013

    Great job! Nice choice in your colors too!

  • Linda T
    Linda T Hartford City, IN
    on May 5, 2013

    Would be great if you could find a way to put them over an outside light.

  • Nancy Gayle
    Nancy Gayle Ontario, CA
    on May 5, 2013

    if you don't use the bowling balls as a frame you could put glow sticks inside for party lights

  • Tamra L
    Tamra L Ben Wheeler, TX
    on May 5, 2013

    these r so cute ,,I too a p working on garden globes..hope to post pics..tomorrow

  • Deb
    Deb Canada
    on May 5, 2013

    Hmm, how solid are these? I like the idea but worry they'd break more easily than bowling balls... but I REALLY want to make gazing balls and can't find bowling balls... :-(

  • Kris Cole
    Kris Cole Saint Francis, MN
    on May 5, 2013

    Great idea, and right up my alley! thanks, they sure turned out beautifully :)

  • Lois Bertolet
    Lois Bertolet Reading, PA
    on May 5, 2013

    You can use shatterproof Christmas balls if you are afraid they might break. They come in different sizes.

  • Debbi Bushen
    Debbi Bushen Alden, NY
    on May 5, 2013

    very pretty. I once saw one covered in pennies. When the weather got to them they were awesome

  • Vickie G
    Vickie G Greeley, CO
    on May 5, 2013

    Thanks, everyone for the nice comments. I was so nervous about posting. @ Deb**They actually are very strong and heavy too. I too was nervous about them getting broke, so decided to grout to make them stronger.

  • Patty W
    Patty W Hopkinsville, KY
    on May 5, 2013

    I use Christmas balls too. I use them for mirror balls in the yard, I get them on sale after Christmas. I have alot crafts that they come in handy for. Wonderful idea using the flat stones!

  • Gregory Tim Johnson
    Gregory Tim Johnson Mc Coll, SC
    on May 5, 2013

    Vickie ,♥ this idea,it is a pleasure to hear about new ideas here,this site is awesome ,have seen so many great ideas here,...

  • Cindy Barnett
    Cindy Barnett Fort Smith, AR
    on May 5, 2013

    Lovely! Whether grouted or not, wouldn't they look beautiful with lights inside the globes? Giving me ideas....

  • Carol Sessoms
    Carol Sessoms Swansea, SC
    on May 5, 2013

    When we bought our house there was an old lightpost in the yard with 5 lights....and the globes were plastic! Perfect! Don't have to worry about them breaking! So they are available in plastic, do't know how hard they are to find, tho.

  • Spy Nanna
    Spy Nanna Salem, OR
    on May 5, 2013

    I will have to try this, it looks like fun and will brighten up my garden..thanks for the ideas everyone!

  • Suzanne Hubbard
    Suzanne Hubbard Kemah, TX
    on May 5, 2013

    I've done it with Styrofoam balls. But the grouting was a test in my patience.

  • Linda Lewis
    Linda Lewis Canada
    on May 5, 2013

    I would not seal up the opening and put a string of solar lilghts in for the summer. In the winter do the same with outdoor white xmas light and group together or along a path- looks amazing

  • Trese Steinaway
    Trese Steinaway Pinckney, MI
    on May 5, 2013

    Love the idea of using globes! I've had some luck finding bowling balls at church rummage sales...also estate sales since once the holes are drilled in them you can't re-drill them to different sizes very easily...

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