Dollar Store Marble Garden Gazing Stones


Create beautiful garden gazing stones from dollar store finds. Use glass marbles, Styrofoam balls, chop sticks and silicone to create lovely focal points for your garden.
dollar store marble garden gazing stones, gardening, outdoor living
Recently I purchased a few bags of marble glass vase fillers at the dollar store. I don’t really have a bunch of vases to put them in, so after making this Mable Glass Vase, I just knew I could come up with another use for the stones, and I got inspired by those penny covered balls that you can find on Pinterest. They are quite pretty, and I thought to myself that I could make a nice version of them for my garden. We’ve lived in this house several years now. When we first moved in, the rhododendron were over 12 feet high and blocking all our windows and even the sidewalk. We cut them all down, and have been slowly adding plants to the front gardens. Now there is plenty of room for pretty little marble garden gazing stones to accent our plants. I love how they look next to my variegated hosta, and although they may look a little funny up on those stakes, I think that once the hosta reaches full height, there will be enough height for them to still stick up and be noticed. Of course, in my photos, I have them in the ground, but decided that they needed to be closer into the plant.
dollar store marble garden gazing stones, gardening, outdoor living
I am sharing how I designed these. But if you decide that you simply want to put these on the ground and you don’t want to add the chopsticks. Hey, it’s your piece! Make it fit for your style.
dollar store marble garden gazing stones, gardening, outdoor living
I think that once they have been outside for a while, and exposed to the weather, they will start to form a gorgeous patina. Greens will grow and fill in where the glue is not, and be even more beautiful, and not as stark white as two of the balls are, and even more stunning for the blue marble ball.
dollar store marble garden gazing stones, gardening, outdoor living
You’ll need Styrofoam balls, (I had two sizes, and chose to make three balls), clear silicone, and glass marbles. Depending on how big the ball is, will determine about how many beads you will need. You will also need chopsticks (if you decide to use them).
dollar store marble garden gazing stones, gardening, outdoor living
Begin by inserting chopstick in ball using thicker end. Remove and add silicone, then allow to dry.
dollar store marble garden gazing stones, gardening, outdoor living
I started by gluing the marbles around the base of the stick, and worked out from there.
dollar store marble garden gazing stones, gardening, outdoor living
Add dots of glue to the marble and stick onto the styrofoam. You’ll be able to do several at a time, but I recommend leaving it after about 5 marbles are glued on, to allow it to set for about an hour. Otherwise, you will have marbles sliding off and not sticking where you set them.
dollar store marble garden gazing stones, gardening, outdoor living
Continue adding marbles until the ball is covered. Allow to dry overnight. I like the empty spaces between as I imagine that is where the green will first show up as it weathers outside.
dollar store marble garden gazing stones, gardening, outdoor living
Take your gazing balls and plant them.
Enjoy!
Creative Me Inspired You

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Go

Have a question about this project?

3 of 11 questions
  • Kim M Baldwin
    on May 21, 2017

    i put a light coat of elmers glue and some glitter first then the stone looks pretty good

    • Alice
      on Jun 20, 2018

      Wow. That's a great idea! Thanks!

  • Judy Cleveland
    on Jul 26, 2017

    Could I paint the balls with latex outside paint before I put the marble stones on n what kind of glue are you using, will it hold up in South Texas heat,,? Thanks

    • Tami
      on Apr 13, 2018

      I used plastic balls from the dollar store, and the bigger ones had open tops so I put those open face down and glued them to the small dollar store mirrors for extra shine when the sun hits it. Plus the glue will hold much better on the plastic. You wont have any problems with Gorilla Glue, etc. I didn't add poles, put def could glue some to the bottom.


      Bit, this finish product does look beautiful, thanks for sharing.

  • Pat Carlin
    on May 23, 2018

    What happens to them when it rains or sprinklers come on?

    • Missy Fitt
      on Jul 2, 2018

      I 'm sure if you just use glue and then put ti outside, with the weather , rain etc, all your marble will fall off. You would have to use some kind of outdoor adhesive for this I believe. Hope this helped.

Join the conversation

2 of 134 comments
  • Diane King Crawford
    on Aug 11, 2017

    I have made this with bowling balls. I painted the ball first, then added the gems. Beautiful!

  • Sandy
    on Nov 7, 2018

    I have metal spheres what kind of glue would anybody suggest, would like to use outside...

Your comment...