Garden Globes

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.
And wear gloves.
Don't worry about the cloudy way the marbles look. Let them dry for a couple hours and wipe off the stones and marbles with an old cloth.
After a bit of elbow grease, they shine like new.
Now, find the perfect place for them in the garden.
Now if only my gardens recoup from the long, cold winter we've had. Happy Spring, everyone.

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22 questions
  • Cleo Douglass
    Cleo Douglass
    on Nov 5, 2015

    I tried to pin the step by step instructions for garden globes but had to pin each picture one at a time. Suggestions

    • Lea Grossman
      Lea Grossman
      on Nov 6, 2015

      @Cleo Douglass when you pin each picture, it saves a link to the page with all the instructions, so no need to pin each photo.

    • Cra12830736
      on Apr 23, 2017

      I collect seashells and I'm always looking for things to create from them. I particularly love coquina shells because of their beautiful colors and patterns. A pair opened up but still connected at the hinge make perfect angel wings! I picked up a glass globe with a raised wavy edge at Joann's and cleaned it thoroughly, then sprayed with picture adhesive on theiutside. I sprinkled beach sant on the outside and then when totally dry, glue coquinas and tiny scallop shells all over. After again giving it time to dry thoroughly, I took it outside and sprayed it with a clear lacquer all over. It helped to insure the shells were definitely going to stay put! I finished it up with a piece of 1/4" satin ribbon in the recessed space under the wavy top edge, and tied a bow at what was going to become the 'front' side. I did this over 15 years ago and all the shells are still intactbut for one teeny scallop, which I reattached with a spot of hot glue. i just have it sitting on a nightstand in the guest bedroom, but visitors have commented that it would be great for holding pencils or pens on a ladies' desk. It's amazing what seashells can be used for!
  • Merri Peplinski
    Merri Peplinski
    on Jun 4, 2016

    Just curious if you need adhere bases before painting them. Couldn't I paint them prior? I love this idea and can't wait to make them! Thank you very much for posting!

  • SF Globe
    SF Globe
    on Jul 22, 2016

    Hi Vickie! I'm Jessica from SFG Media Group. We'd love to feature this project in an article as it's fantastic. Would you give us permission to use the photos to put together an article? The article will be shown on DIY websites of our company. We'd definitely credit you in them. Please let me know. Thanks! - Jessica

    • Vickie G
      Vickie G
      on Aug 1, 2016

      Wow! I would be honored to have you share my project. I had a lot of fun making these globes and still have them in my yard. Please let me know where I can see your publication. Thank you so much.

    • Vickie G
      Vickie G
      on Aug 1, 2016

      Wow! I would be honored to have you share my project. I had a lot of fun making these globes and still have them in my yard. Please let me know where I can see your publication. Thank you so much.

  • Marty R.
    Marty R.
    on Jun 19, 2017

    being a gardening ignoramus, could you post a foto or two of what you did with them when they're finished? i don't know what garden globes are? (i live in an apartment in cairo, egypt, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, so i don't get to see many gardens.) thanks!
    • Roz1834723
      on Jul 21, 2017

      Good question, as beautiful as they are!
    • See pics. They are just artfully displayed in her garden bed.

      Could put in a flower pot garden, or on A Porch, deck, balcony.
    • Carol Oakes
      Carol Oakes
      on Dec 10, 2017

      I don't see them displayed in her garden bed ... I must be blind as a bat !

    • Shuganne
      on Oct 14, 2018

      After the picture of Thompson's water seal, I see a link, all in blue capital letters, that say SEE 5 MORE PHOTOS... Click the link. The last 2 pictures show her succulent garden and a wintertime view -mostly bare ground and a small leafless bush, each of which shows a garden globe.

      If you can't see that, you may have pop ups blocked. In that case, look for an infinitesimally small message, either just under the address bar or in a tiny box to the top right of your screen.

      If you can't find either of those, check your internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.) for settings that will block or allow pop ups.

      For me personally, and for your learning abilities, please don't label yourself an ignoramous. At my school, we encourage our students to say, "I don't know that yet." Each of you is an expert on some, or many, subjects, about which I don't know anything yet, but I'm going to try to learn everything I can to help me in life.


  • Kim Kilgus Aunkst
    Kim Kilgus Aunkst
    on Aug 18, 2017

    What kind and brand of grout did you use?
    • Dusty
      on Dec 12, 2017

      one needs to use a sanded grout if the space between objects (tile/marbles/stuff!) is greater than ¼ inch. Any big box store (HomeDepot, Lowes, maybe Ace or TrueValue) has grout or resale outlet may may have...
  • Jul29827547
    on Sep 5, 2017

    How do you apply the grout? And not get it on the stones?
    • Lea Beth T
      Lea Beth T
      on Sep 13, 2017

      You put the grout all over the project...then use a sponge to remove excess..let dry...then use clean sponge to remove excess off stones
    • Astra Lilly Keena
      Astra Lilly Keena
      on May 19, 2018

      So you need to use grout? Or could you skip this step? I'm really new at projects and dumb when it comes to this stuff. I really like how these turned out

  • Diana Price Simmons
    Diana Price Simmons
    on Oct 11, 2017

    Couldn't you spray paint the bases before applying them to the globes?
    • Vickie G
      Vickie G
      on Oct 31, 2017

      Absolutely. Mine was a bit of a second thought.
  • Sandy
    on Aug 22, 2018

    what size lid caps did you use?

  • Joan Conn
    Joan Conn
    on Aug 27, 2018

    Hi, so do you glue the stones on first, then put grout in between the stones?, or put grout on the globes, then place the stones in the grout?

    • Novaline Tanksley
      Novaline Tanksley
      on Nov 5, 2018

      When you are tiling a wall or counter or making a stone walkway, the stones go on first and then the grout. I imagine it is the same process.

    • Lisa Maxey
      Lisa Maxey
      on Nov 5, 2018

      She says at the beginning. Read through all the directions before starting your project.

  • Ros34087852
    on Sep 28, 2018

    Can u use plastic round bowls from Mardi gra the ones that drinks in them i pick up a lot of different size cups down here in new Orleans I got a bunch of big beer bottles do u have any idea how to fix them up

  • Elsbeth
    on Nov 9, 2018

    Do you have to use grout.

    • Bernice H
      Bernice H
      on Dec 20, 2018

      No I never use grout,I usually like what ever the globe is made of. Mostly it is a white globe. So ...if you put battery operated lights in it, it glows. ,I don’t like grout because it gets dirty.

  • Lisa
    on Dec 14, 2018

    These are really cute but I read through the tutorial and can't find when or how you grouted them or what you year-olds the full tutorial is somewhere else?

    • Bernice H
      Bernice H
      on Dec 20, 2018

      As I replied don’t need to bother with grout. I never do,it gets dirty.

  • Bobbie
    on Jan 29, 2019

    I am pretty new at Hometalk. how can I obtain the instructions of this DIY ?

  • Francesca
    on Feb 3, 2019

    Look great!! What grout was used? Or recommend? Thanks

    • Cass
      on May 6, 2019

      Any all

      weather grout would work. In fact, most all in existence would work. You’re in luck.

  • Heather
    on Mar 7, 2019

    Also learned my lesson, hot glue gun projects do not work in NC sun.

    This is why you use grout. Unfortunately you didn't show us how you did it.

    Questioning why you didn't paint the bottoms before attaching them?

    • Amanda
      on Apr 24, 2019

      Questioning if you know how grout works. Also, although I don’t know the author, I will answer the “why didn’t you” question as well. As with any project, you live and learn. Some of these comments🤦🏻‍♀️

  • Kat Rogers
    Kat Rogers
    on Mar 17, 2019


    Did the Cedar Color look good? I imagine that it would match really well with the globe covered with rocks.

    I'm looking forward to making these beautiful globes~ a fun, easy & creative project!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Cass
      on May 6, 2019

      Did you see the photo of the completed ones that you clicked on to get here? They’re lovely.

    • Cass
      on May 6, 2019

      Here ya go, love.

  • Donna Renaud
    Donna Renaud
    on Mar 24, 2019

    Why didn't you show us the finished product ? Would love to see it !

  • Cathy Hays
    Cathy Hays
    on May 6, 2019

    Adorable idea! I have two of these old globes in my closet that I am absolutely going to do this. One question for you. Did you put yours on stands or did you place them on the ground? Just wondering if stands what size stand and where you found them? Thanks for sharing your project!

    • Peggy Smith Cartee
      Peggy Smith Cartee
      on Dec 19, 2019

      Looks like they are placed on the ground. I think I would go to a thrift store and get a few quart or larger used mason jars and fill them with sand, the sand will give weight to the base. Different sized jars will make them heights and you could group them.

    • Cathy Hays
      Cathy Hays
      on Dec 20, 2019

      Peggy that is a Brilliant Idea! Thank you for chiming in. You have my wheels turning with all kinds of ideas now. Merry Christmas!

  • Sadie
    on Sep 14, 2019

    Hi I love your project. I have two large globes from old ceiling fans. I understand most of your instructions. But you didn't say what you used to grout with. Is it concrete or regular grout tiles? Your results are awesome.

  • Karena Stetson
    Karena Stetson
    on Oct 19, 2019

    The finished project would be nice to see. Can you post a picture of that please.

  • Sally De Silva
    Sally De Silva
    on Feb 6, 2020

    I want to try these. My garden needs to be brightened up. Will have to check the thrift store on my next visit to see what I can find. Was it necessary to use the grout ??

    • Judith
      on Jun 16, 2020

      Yes, grout is necessary, otherwise you will have large spaces between the stones which will not look finished. You can make the grout any color you want and seal it with clear not colored water sealer. Have fun.

  • Ruth Mills
    Ruth Mills
    on Apr 13, 2020

    I am definately going to try this! Did you find anything for bases? I read somewhere that a person used large vases glued to a large plate or some clay pots glued together and painted! Still, thank you for sharing! I have bad arthritis but want to create a beautiful flower garden and you definately got the ideas flowing!

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