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Concrete Garden Orbs

3 Materials
$5
1 Hour
Easy

Use some old yarn or fabric strips to make these light weight concrete garden orbs. They make great accents to the garden as they stand up to all weather. This is my own original design, and quite simple.
concrete garden orbs
These great concrete orbs can be made with any fabric or yarn as long as it is wide enough and can absorb some concrete. You can use a rotary cutter to cut strips of fleece or use some chunky yarn. (complete detailed instructions here)
concrete garden orbs
The 'stiffener' in this project is portland cement. It is the active ingredient in concrete and usually some aggregate is added. Here, we will be using the fibres as the aggregate.
concrete garden orbs
As a form for this project you can use any inflatable balloon or beach ball. Make a resting place for them on a bucket and have them ready before mixing any concrete.
concrete garden orbs
Get suited up with a dust mask and gloves to mix a slurry of portland cement and water. It should be of a fairly fluid consistency.
concrete garden orbs
Take your long strips or yarn and dampen it. Once dampened submerge it in the concrete and squeeze to allow it to absorb the cement. Do not lose the end in the mix.
concrete garden orbs
Once it is quite 'concretey' pull it through your fingers and wrap around the form in a random way trying to evenly space the lines. The more dense the wrapping; the more strong the shape. Leave a place for the beach ball to be pulled out.
concrete garden orbs
The thin cement will chip away afterward. Let is cure in a shady place. Spraying with water will help strengthen the concrete.
concrete garden orbs
Poke the balloon or deflate the beach ball. The transparent nature of these makes for great use of fairy lights as well.
concrete garden orbs
Simple shapes accent the texture of the garden quite well. I love how they can be combined as well. For more options see here
concrete garden orbs
These will be easy to move and can be made in any size... Awesome!

Suggested materials:

  • Yarn or fabric strips  (general store)
  • Portland Cement  (Hardware/home improvement store)
  • Some inflatable balloon or beachball

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 8 questions
  • Wil17881032
    on Oct 11, 2017

    Can these have lights in them and pulled up to the tree tops to stay all winter . Like the Christmas balls but make these smaller in size?
    Nancy
  • Bill Kratz
    on Oct 11, 2017

    Love em. Are they real heavy?
  • Chasecatrina
    on Oct 11, 2017

    So could this idea also be used inside like the twine orb lights that I have seen people make? It would hopefully hold up a little better in the humidity
    • MadeByBarb
      on Oct 11, 2017

      Sure it could. The thickness of the yarn determines the thickness of the lines. Just don't drop it on the floor! I could imagine them with a dry-brushing of a metallic paint. That would pick up the detail of the texture.
      , Metallic paint dry brushed to accent texture

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  • Ter22517203
    on Nov 3, 2017

    Yes,could you use shoe strings
    • MadeByBarb
      on Nov 3, 2017

      The portland cement needs to get into the fibres of the 'string' so I think shoelaces are too dense. The would also cost more than some yarn or old fabric. Bulky yarn is best since it is continuous and long! Good luck!

  • Kathy Brady-O'Brien
    on Jan 13, 2018

    I love this idea! Planning to try this out as a family project--cant wait to try it! Thank you for sharing!!!
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